Breastfeeding Basics:

What do you think about when you hear the word “breastfeeding”? The term breastfeeding is the action of feeding a baby with milk from the breast. Sometimes people are intimidated or fearful of trying to breastfeed, but you don’t have to be scared! Here are some helpful tips and myths about breastfeeding for you as support during your journey.

Breastfeeding Myths:

  • Nipple shape matters
  • Small breasts won’t make enough milk
  • If breastfeeding starts out difficult, it will just get worse…
  • Nipple pain is normal
  • Newborns need schedules
  • Babies should only nurse from one breast at each feeding
  • Skipping feedings won’t affect my milk production

Breastfeeding Tips:

  • Appreciate your baby’s desires
  • Let your baby determine how often and how long to nurse
  • Get comfortable while nursing
  • Help your baby find the right position
  • Don’t be alarmed, leaking is natural
  • Take care of your skin
  • Don’t’ worry, you’ll have enough milk
  • Monitor their intake volume, a good rule of thumb is if your baby is making at least 5 wet diapers after 5 days old
  • Look for signs that breastfeeding is going well (Baby happily feeding and not fidgeting around with their mouth wide open with the bottom lip turned out, rounded and plump cheeks, baby is making quick sucks followed by longer, deep sucks and you should hear sounds of milk being swallowed.)