Breastfeeding basics   

Breastfeeding basics

Mom's health

• Consume 2,200 to 2,700 calories a day to maintain a sufficient, nutritional milk supply.

• Adjust daily nutritional servings to accommodate breastfeeding needs by consuming healthy, well-balanced meals rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

• Keep water or fruit juice close by during feedings to counter the natural increase in thirst.

Baby's needs

• Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.

• Allow newborns to nurse whenever they show signs of hunger.

• Breastfeed exclusively during baby's first six months.

• Practice latching-on and positioning to ensure the most comfortable, productive feedings for both mother and baby.

• Let baby determine when the feeding is over.

• After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, begin introducing solids into baby's diet.

• Begin weaning baby from breastfeeding by substituting feedings with infant formula or additional solid food, as appropriate.


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