8 FAQ’s About Breastfeeding

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August is World Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is one of the earliest interventions for good nutrition and health benefits. Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned parenting pro, breastfeeding often comes with its fair share of questions. Lupe Cruz, LDS Hospital Certified Nurse Midwife shares some answers to common questions that mothers — new and veteran — may have.

1.  Does breastfeeding hurt?

  • Normal soreness as breasts and nipples become accustomed to breastfeeding
  • Baby’s latch: is it correct, tongue-tie.
  • Hind milk comes in: fullness, tightness.
  • Pain, redness, bleeding nipples is not normal

2.  How do I know if baby’s is latched on correctly?

  • Belly to belly
  • Wide open mouth
  • Nose and mouth touching breast, baby in a “sniffing position”
  • No audible clicking noise
  • Support baby’s back and neck

3.  How do I know baby’s getting enough milk?

  • Body typically produces what your baby needs (not always)
  • 6-8 wet diapers and 3-4 bowel movements in a 24 hour period
  • Baby cues: Satiety, milk in corners of mouth, comfort

o   Prior to bottles, this was never a question.  Breasts produce by supply and demand.

  • Baby’s stomach capacity:
  • Day 1: 5-7ml (small marble)
  • Day 3:  0.75-1oz. (shooter marble)
  • Day 7: 1.5-2oz. (Ping-Pong ball)

4.  What if I don’t have large breasts/breasts too large?

  • Breast has nothing to do with milk production
  • Changes in breast tissue allow the breast to produce milk
  • Implants/Reduction: may be an issue.

5.  Why do I not have any milk after my baby is born?

  • You DO!  It is called colostrum and we call it liquid gold.  It is thick, yellowish, sticky.
  • Baby’s first meal: low fat, high carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies to help keep baby healthy.  Easily digestible, has a laxative effect
  • Coats baby’s stomach: helping to “seal” the permeable surface of the baby’s stomach.  
  • Regular milk supply comes in 3-4 days postpartum and is more white/opaque, thinner
  • Varies in amount and consistency according to baby’s needs.

6.  When should I worry?

  • Severe pain, fever, redness, bleeding nipples
  • Baby is not having sufficient wet diapers or soiled diapers.
  • Medication: make sure any medication you take is safe while breastfeeding

7.  Breastfeeding Law in Utah:

  • Public: The county legislative body may not prohibit a woman’s breastfeeding in any location where she otherwise may rightfully be, irrespective of whether the breast is uncovered during or incidental to breastfeeding.
  • Workplace: A private place and reasonable breaks are required (not the bathroom/break room)

8.  Where do I go for help?

  • Midwife/Certified lactation educator, Certified Lactation consultant
  • Ask for help in the hospital; nurses, lactation educators
  • Contact your local La Leche League:  http://www.llli.org

Visit www.LDSHospital.org/healthyliving for more LiVe Well segments.

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