Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, many new moms find it quite challenging, especially in the early days of motherhood. In fact, they have a number of doubts and insecurities about breastfeeding in their mind. This FAQ post answers some of the most common breastfeeding questions that new (and expecting) mothers often ask their lactation expert.
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Q. Does Breastfeeding Really Hurt?
A. No! However, as a new mom, you may experience a little soreness in the early days of breastfeeding, which often goes away gradually. If you experience pain while breastfeeding, it simply means your baby is not latched on to your breast correctly. So take him off and start again!
Q. How Long Should a Breastfeeding Session Last?
A. The length of a breastfeeding session actually depends on a baby’s age and his appetite. While the first breastfeed may last up to 45 minutes, feedings after a week take around 20-30 minutes. Every baby is different and should be allowed to nurse as much as he wants.
Q. How Often Should I Breastfeed?
A. As a general rule, you should breastfeed your little one at least 10 times in 24 hours during the first few weeks. Watch your baby’s hunger cues and feed him whenever he’s hungry. In the early days, a newborn should not go more than 4 hours without a feed.
Q. How Long Should I Breastfeed For?
A. Given that breastfeeding offers a number of health benefits for both mom and her baby, you must breastfeed your newborn for at least six months. After six months, however, you may introduce solid foods gradually to your little one only if you’re willing to start weaning.
Q. What if I’m Embarrassed to Breastfeed in Public:
A. Like other moms, it might be natural for you to get nervous about breastfeeding in public but you can’t resist your baby from getting hungry in a public place. To breastfeed your little one with privacy and comfort anywhere, use a lightweight and breathable nursing cover.
Q. Can I Breastfeed If I Have Small Breasts?
A. Yes, why not? The size of your breasts has nothing to with the amount of breast milk you produce. Both small and large breasted women are able to produce an adequate amount of milk for their babies, no matter how many babies – twins, triplets or quads – they have given birth to.
Q. Can I Breastfeed and Use Formula At the Same Time?
A. Yes, you can absolutely do both but if you really want to establish and maintain your milk supply, it’s better not to offer formula milk to your baby. Combining breastfeeding with formula reduces the amount of time your newborn spends at the breast, which leads to a relatively lower milk supply.
Q. As a New Mom, Will I Produce Enough Breast Milk?
A. While nearly all women worry about it, most women are able to make enough milk for their baby. Frequent nursing sessions are the key to producing the right amount of breast milk. Remember, the more you breastfeed, the higher is your milk production.
Q. Can I Breastfeed After a Caesarean?
A. Yes, you can but you’ll need to make sure your incision is safe and your baby in a comfortable position while breastfeeding. If you’re hoping to breastfeed your little cherub right after a Caesarean section, we recommend you get yourself a nursing pillow to enjoy a safe and comfortable breastfeeding experience.
Q. Are There Any Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding?
A. Not at all. The taste and nutritiousness of your milk depend on whatever you eat. So just eat a variety of fresh and healthy foods and drink enough liquids to stay well-hydrated while breastfeeding. However, if your little one gets gassy or fussy after you eat a certain food, try to eliminate that food from your diet.
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