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A woman breastfeeding her baby.Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding satisfies your baby's sucking needs and allows for closer bonding.
  • Breast milk is free, always ready, and easy for your baby to digest.
  • Breast milk gives babies protection against allergies and diseases caused by germs.
  • Breastfeeding also helps your uterus return to its normal size quicker and helps you return to your pre-pregnancy weight.

You should start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. 

Seek help in the hospital right away and be aware of community resources available to help if questions or problems arise.  

Common Questions a Mom New to Breastfeeding May Ask

  • What are the signs that my baby is breastfeeding well? 
    • Your baby should have at least six to eight wet diapers per day after six days old.
    • Your baby should have at least two to three soft yellow stools per day after six days old. This may decrease after one month.
    • Your baby should be gaining weight.
    • Your baby should be active and alert when awake. 
    • Breastfeeding should not be painful.
  • What are signs of a correct latch?
    • Your baby’s mouth is open wide.
    • One to one and a half inches (2.5 to 4 centimetres) of breast is inside baby’s mouth.
    • Baby's lips are pointed outward.
    • Baby’s chin is pressed against the breast.
    • You can hear and see baby “suck-suck-swallow”.
    • Baby does not make clicking sounds. 
  • What are some breastfeeding positions?
    • Cross Cradle Position
    • Cradle Position
    • Football Position
    • Side-Lying Position