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.
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.