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*You must ‘prepare’ your nipples: rubbing with a towel/loofah/washcloth, pinching, pulling, etc. Leave your nipples alone! Your nipples were designed to breastfeed. Do not do anything to them; nipple stimulation is a labor inducer. During your third trimester, you can put Lansinoh cream on them, but you shouldn’t have to do anything else. Once you are nursing, use only warm water to wash your breasts, as soap may dry your nipples. *Don't put Lansinoh cream directly on your nipples; it will cause clogged ducts . Put it right on them; that’s what it’s for. Also, it does NOT need to be washed off before baby nurses. *Baby shouldn’t nurse more than every 3-4 hours or you’ll spoil her. In the first few weeks, baby should eat at least every 3 hours-this is a minimum. It will often be closer to every 2 hours, as breastmilk digests in approximately 90 minutes. An increase in nursing time and frequency will happen during growth spurts, changes in routine, etc. Nurse on demand, as nursing is also a source of comfort for baby. You can never nurse too often; you can nurse too little. It’s a common thought that babies under 6 months cannot be spoiled. *Switch breasts every 5-7 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. Never watch the clock when you are nursing. Baby will tell you that he is done by pulling off of your breast or falling asleep. When baby is finished with one breast, offer the second, though baby may or may not take it. *You must not have enough milk, your milk must be bad, you should use formula if: baby is nursing so often, for such long periods, you don’t think you are pumping enough, etc. Baby will go through growth spurts, may cluster feed, or have some ‘marathon’ nursing sessions for any number of reasons. It does NOT mean your supply is low or that your milk is ‘bad’. These increases in frequency will come and go, but they will not last forever. Continue to feed on demand. Never, never, never look to length of time nursing or pumping output as a reliable indicator of your supply. To see if baby is getting enough milk, watch her number of wet diapers and if she’s content after eating. Weight gain and meeting developmental milestones is also a good indicator that she’s getting enough. Your baby nursing is much more efficient than even the best breast pump. *It won’t hurt to give one bottle of formula, a pacifier, etc: Both bottles and pacifiers can cause nipple confusion. With a bottle, baby may also decide he likes the faster flow of a bottle and may refuse the breast. Artificial nipples should only be introduced once nursing has been well
is a minimum. your body will think baby doesn’t need as much milk. Dad and siblings need to realize that they’ll really have to do many of the chores: . you can make your DH get up in the middle of the night to feed the baby. In cases where food allergies are expected. All babies are different. and will decrease your supply.established for a minimum of 3 weeks. With a lower supply. If you give baby that one bottle of formula. *Your baby isn’t getting enough milk when given a bottle. *There are no benefits to nursing past 6 months. you will be the ONLY person that can feed her. oral syringe. Okay. and your milk will develop specific antibodies to whatever you have. your body will continue to decrease your supply. breastfeeding is recommended a full year. For about the first month. you will have to supplement with more formula. *It is better bottle feed . If baby seems to be eating significantly more than that.. This cuts down on developing food allergies and gives the digestive tract time to mature. If you are given medication. Milk production is a supply and demand process. *Give baby a little cereal in a bottle. you must supplement with formula. an exclusively breastfed baby will only need approximately 3 ounces of breastmilk per feeding if eating every 3 hours. If a medication isn’t okay to take while breastfeeding. generally 3-5 days after giving birth. pumped breastmilk is a better alternative to formula. 2 ounces if eating every 2 hours. as baby will then be more gentle with the second breast. Unless it’s very. be sure your care provider knows you are breastfeeding. As baby grows. it will help him sleep through the night.. The six month mark recommended by the APA. formula feeding is easier on mom. This will take up a good portion of your post-partum time and energy. WHO. The only illnesses that require you to stop breastfeeding are HIV/AIDS HTLV-1 and septicetmia from food poisioning. Babies are born with extra water to carry them through until mom’s milk ‘comes in’. do continue to breastfeed-baby has already been exposed. etc. *If baby is born and not producing enough wet diapers. It isn't fair that you should have to do all the work. If there is a problem with baby not getting enough milk. To avoid nipple confusion. This can lead to a supply problem. and giving cereal will not always guarantee sleeping through the night. *You can’t nurse if you’re sick. Up to 6 months. If you are sick. Babies need NOTHING but breastmilk until at least 6 months of age. very painful. *If you have a sore breast. The benefits to baby and you will continue as long as you breastfeed. baby should be fed with a medicine dropper. don’t nurse with it for a day or two. which is why it must be continually increased as baby grows. It’s best to offer the healthy breast first. there is usually an alternative. you should nurse even a sore breast. It’s best to see your doctor if you develop any problems ASAP. and you’ll soon be down to nothing. your breastmilk becomes more concentrated with the nutrients it produces. etc. Formula doesn’t change. it’s most likely that the person giving baby the bottle isn’t adequately reading the signs that baby is finished.
Breastmilk does not dehydrate like cow’s milk. This list was compiled from "bad bf advice" given to moms from iVillage's Breastfeeding Support/Ask the LC board. moms.cleaning.2006 Jim Yount . etc. cooking. and thank you Theresa for sharing this with us! Copyright © 2000 . you must stop breastfeeding. Baby will not need any supplements to prevent dehydration IF he/she is eating often. *If your child is dehydrated. laundry. Thank you. and brought together for us here by Theresa. Pedialyte can be used in addition to breastmilk. but should not replace it.