Breastfeeding

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Making Enough Milk for your Infant/Child

The way your body makes breastmilk is based on the principle of supply and demand. 

  • Your breasts make breastmilk when your child breastfeeds well. 
  • When your child breastfeeds well, your brain gets the message that your breasts need to make more milk, to replace what your child is taking.
  • The more milk your child takes from your breasts, the more milk your breasts will make.

Most mothers make enough milk for their child, and many make enough for twins or more!

 

To get breastfeeding, and breastmilk production off to the best start possible, remember to:

  • Breastfeed your child as soon as possible after birth, ideally within the first hour 
  • Hold your child and breastfeed ‘skin-to-skin’ whenever possible.
  • Get breastfeeding support early – take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the healthcare professionals who are caring for you and your new child.  Nurses, midwives and lactation consultants provide teaching and support to new parents.  Public health nurses help with breastfeeding upon your return home, both by phone and in your home.
  • Breastfeed your child often - at least 8 times in 24 hours for the first couple of months.
  • Learn to recognize your child's feeding cues, or, signs of hunger. 
  • Be sure that you know how to latch your child to the breast properly.
  • Learn how to recognize that your child is drinking and swallowing milk.
  • Know what signs to look for to ensure your child is getting enough breast milk
  • Know where to find breastfeeding support in the community before you go home from the hospital.

If your child is not breastfeeding well, then you may not make as much milk. The keys to making enough breastmilk are to breastfeed your child often, exclusively, and effectively.   You can follow this link for tips to improve breastfeeding.

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 effectively reduce these risks for your child.

For more information about feeding your child, call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and speak with a public health professional Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email Health Connection

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