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Making Enough Milk for your Baby

The more milk your baby takes from your breasts, the more milk your breasts will make.

It is not the length of time at the breast that is important, but how much breastmilk your baby is drinking.

Remember to:

  • Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible after birth, within the first hour.
  • Breastfeed skin-to-skin , as much as possible.
  • Breastfeed often - at least 8 times in 24 hours.
  • Recognize and respond to your baby's early feeding cues . (signs of hunger)
  • Find a comfortable position and let your baby lead
  • Know how to tell if your baby is latched deeply and drinking and swallowing milk.
  • Offer both breasts at each feed, even if baby seems satisfied after feeding on one breast.
  • Ensure your baby is getting enough breast milk .
  • Use breast compression's to increase and maintain milk flow, especially with a sleepy baby.
  • Know where to find breastfeeding support in the community .



The keys to making enough breastmilk are to breastfeed:

  • Often - 8 or more feeds in 24 hours
  • Exclusively - no other liquids or food, not even water in the first 6 months
  • Effectively – baby is latched deeply and removes milk well

If you and your health care provider decide that your child requires supplementary feeding (other than at the breast) see our information on the risks of using infant formula and how to reduce these risks for your child.


For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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