Breastfeeding Basics

Mom’s Health

  • Consume 2,200 to 2,700 calories a day to maintain a sufficient, nutritional milk supply
  • Adjust daily nutritional servings to accommodate breastfeeding needs by consuming healthy, well-balanced meals rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy
  • keep water or fruit juice close by during feedings to counter the natural increase in thirst

Baby’s Needs

  • Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth
  • Allow newborns to nurse whenever they show signs of hunger
  • Breastfeed exclusively during baby’s first six months
  • Practice latching-on and positioning to unsure the most comfortable, productive feedings for both mother and baby
  • Let baby determine when the feeding is over
  • After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, begin introducing solids into baby’s diet
  • Begin weaning baby from breastfeeding by substituting feedings with infant formula or additional solid food, as appropriate
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