April 23, 2008

Tips for Breast-Feeding Success

  • If you can, breast-feed within an hour after your baby's birth
  • Put your nipple as far back in your baby's mouth as possible. This will make you more comfortable
  • Breast-feed your baby regularly and frequently, even as often as every two hours and at least eight times in a 24-hour period
  • Don't give your baby sugar water or formula unless your doctor or nurse tells you to do so. Your baby usually will not need extra sugar water or formula
  • Air dries your nipples to prevent cracking and soreness
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Rest as much as you can
  • Drink plenty of fluids, including water
  • Ask for help with other children, housework, and cooking. Your most important job is taking care of your new baby and yourself
  • Be patient. It will take time for you and your baby to learn how to breast-feed

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