Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breastfeeding

Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on November 29, 2022
  • How often should I breastfeed my baby? And, for how long per feeding?
  • How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?
  • Should I supplement the breastfeeding with baby formula? Should I give my baby fluoride supplements to strengthen their teeth since I am breastfeeding? How about vitamin D or iron supplements?
  • My baby is having trouble latching on to my breast? What should I do?
  • My breasts are sore and my nipples are cracked from breastfeeding. What can I do to soothe them?
  • I have been getting a lot of headaches since having my baby, so is it OK to take a pain reliever while I am breastfeeding? Are there any medications I should avoid?
  • Are there any specific foods and beverages I should avoid? Can I drink alcohol and caffeine?
  • I am going back to work and have started pumping my breast milk. How long can I keep it at room temperature? In the refrigerator? In the freezer? And can I reuse leftover breast milk?
  • Throughout my pregnancy I planned to breastfeed but now that I am actually doing it I really don't like it. Am I a bad mom if I stop?
  • I really enjoy breastfeeding my baby, but I am not comfortable doing it in public. How can I continue giving my baby breast milk but not be so isolated?