Breastmilk is the best food for babies. It helps them grow and protects
them against infections and allergies. It is also a wonderful
way to form a close bond with your newborn.
Breastfeeding is best for moms, too. It helps you get
back in shape, and it lowers your risk of breast cancer.
To give your baby the nourishment he needs, eat healthy
food and drink plenty of liquids. Mothers can easily make
enough milk for one or more infants. With patience and
a little practice, almost every mother can breastfeed.
Your Baby Needs to Latch On
Your baby’s mouth should be open wide before
she begins breastfeeding. She needs to latch on
to your nipple and the whole area around it. Her
nose, cheeks and chin should all touch your breast.
Lift her bottom to move her head back a little or
lift your breast slightly with your hand. If you
feel pain or your baby fusses or falls asleep right
away, start over.
How Often Should I Breastfeed?
For the first few weeks, breastfeed every 1
to 3 hours. It’s usually better not to
let your baby sleep for more than 5 hours without
being fed. If you have more than one baby, feed
each baby at least 10 times a day.
The more you breastfeed, the more milk you will
Everything You Eat or Drink Goes into Your Baby
If you think something is upsetting your baby’s
stomach, try not to eat it for a while. For example,
the cow’s milk you drink may cause your baby to
have gas. If the problem doesn’t stop, talk to
your health care pro-vider. Be sure to limit coffee,
tea and cola and avoid alcohol.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Hold your baby across your stomach, with her head in the
bend of your elbow. You and your baby are tummy to tummy.
For the cross-cradle hold, hold your baby the same way
but support her with the arm
opposite the breast she’s
The Football or Clutch Hold
Place your infant on a pillow at your side. Use one hand to support her head. This hold
is good for small babies, or mothers who have had a C-section.
Lie down next to your baby so that his mouth is near your
nipple. You may want to place
a pillow behind his back for