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Breastfeeding: What Every Mom (and Partner) Needs to Know

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Breastfeeding is natural but it doesn't always come naturally. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants have put together this list to help you prepare!

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Breastfeeding: What Every Mom (and Partner) Needs to Know

  1. 1. WhatEveryMom&Partner NeedstoKnow “You’redoinganamazingjob!” If you have questions about breastfeeding, or are struggling with nursing, contact a DMG lactation consultant at: DuPageMedicalGroup.com/lactation-consultants Latch & Positions Side-lyingFootball Cross-cradle Cradle Mothers do not need to use all of these positions. Best Advice: Use the most comfortable position for you. A Productive, Painless Latch Areola is most likely covered by lower jaw but may be visible around upper jaw Position baby’s head with a slight upward angle, line nose across from nipple, place lower jaw onto areola & tilt baby’s head across the nipple Baby’s head is positioned on a slant – chin is deeper into breast than forehead (draw imaginary line from chin to forehead) Baby’s nose slightly touching the breast Most Common Problems Breastfeeding Storing Breast Milk Store pumped milk in bags made specifically for storage of breast milk or a clean container Label & date each bottle or bag of breast milk Never thaw frozen breast milk in microwave Breast milk does not have to be warmed up after being refrigerated to feed to your baby Signs of Mastitis Sore nipples caused by latching difficulties Baby not gaining weight Mom not having enough breast milk Painful engorgement Baby unsettled, crying or sleepy at breast Baby demanding to be fed every hour & feeding on breast over 45 minutes Chills & Fever Breast Pain & Swelling Fatigue & Body Aches Decreased Milk Supply Snacks & Diet for Mom Healthy, balanced dietChicken, turkey, & red meats (by preference) Vegetables & fruits Must Have Products Nipple Cream Nursing Bra Nursing Pillow Nursing Pads Double-electric Personal Breast Pump If you plan to return to work (most insurance plans cover breast pumps – check with your insurance) Hospital Grade Double-Electric Breast Pump (Rental) Should problems arise, a hospital grade pump usually is necessary (e.g. newborn not latching, preterm infant, near term infant, infant not gaining weight, maternal complications – delayed milk production, pre-eclampsia, preterm labor) Breast Pump Tips for Your Partner Praise Mom Help with Baby Make Sure Mom Eats & Hydrates If you encounter any of these issues, reach out to your Obstetrician, Pediatrician or Lactation Consultant Requireddailyintake > 1500 calories 300–500 additional calories than regular diet Freezer Best=6MONThs GOODUNTIL=12MONTHS Tip Store milk toward back of freezer Freshly Pumped Best=3TO4hours at room temperature GOODUNTIL=6TO8hours under very clean conditions Refrigerator Best=72hours GOODUNTIL=upto8days under very clean conditions TipPlace milk in back of main section of refrigerator How Much is Enough? Mastitis is a breast infection. If you think you have mastitis, call your doctor & lactation consultant. Lanolin or other nipple creams to treat sore nipples Comfortable fitted nursing bra or tank Prepare her meals, bring her nutritional snacks & water Mom should drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses (8 oz) of water per day Words of encouragement & support are invaluable Hold baby while mom is napping Change the baby before or after feeding At lease 1 wet diaper for each day the baby is old - up to 6 days (stop counting after 6 days) MONDAY A newborn should be fed 8-10 times per day Baby should be sucking strong, slow & steady & swallowing often 1 DAY 2 DAYS 3 DAYS 4 DAYS 5 DAYS 6 DAYS Wet Diapers In the first 1-2 days, stool will be black/tarry, then change & vary between brown, green or yellow After day 5, baby should have at least 3 soft, liquid or seedy stools per day From day 4 onward baby should gain ½ to 1 oz per day & regain birth weight by 10 to 14 days

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