Breastfeeding & Breast Care

Your Questions Answered

I have small breasts will I be able to breast feed?

The size of your breast has no bearing on whether you can breast feed or not and almost ALL women can breastfeed. Some women have to persevere and it may take a bit longer than others, but this is the most natural way to feed your baby, so you should get the hang of it eventually!

When should I stop breast feeding?

All mothers and babies are different and this is down to personal choice. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommend breastfeeding for six to twelve months. You should try to breast feed for at least the first six months, to allow your baby to receive the essential nutrients to get off to a good start. You can breast feed for as long as you and your baby are comfortable and when you do decide to stop, it is recommended that you give him expressed or formula milk as ordinary milk is not recommended in the first 12 months.

Is my baby getting enough milk?

It is difficult to measure how much milk is coming out of your breast and going into your baby, so it is better to measure what's coming out of your baby and how much weight your baby is gaining. Most babies lose weight after they are born but then start to gain 3-6 ounces per week. Breast fed babies normally get back to their birth weight after two weeks. Having your baby weighed in the first few weeks is essential to monitoring their progress and you should always ask your midwife or health professional if you are concerned about your baby's weight. Another way to monitor if your baby is feeding enough is by checking their diapers. In the first 2-3 days most babies will have one to three wet diapers per day. After 4-5 days this increases to five or six wet and one or two soiled diapers per day. If your baby is wetting or soiling his diaper on a regular basis and is gaining weight then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

How do I get other people involved in feeding my baby?

If you want to get your partner involved or you are planning to return back to work, then you can still breast feed your baby. Expressing and storing milk allows you to involve others in feed times if you are not available or just needing a well deserved break. If you are returning to work you can still feed your baby in the mornings and in the evenings and in between he can be fed your expressed milk. If you cannot express enough breast milk to feed your baby during the day, then try formula milk as a supplement.

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