Breastfeeding can be a wonderful way for you to give your baby ideal nutrition and bond with them. But for some parents it can be challenging and stressful. Is my baby getting enough? Why does it hurt? How do I store the milk? And so many other questions. Our pediatricians and lactation consultants would love to help you through this part of parenthood.

Common questions


How can I tell if my baby is getting enough breast milk?

To determine if your baby is getting enough breast milk, monitor their weight gain, the number of wet diapers (usually 6 or more in 24 hours), and bowel movements. A content and satisfied behavior after feedings is also a good sign. If you're concerned about your baby's intake, consult with a pediatrician or lactation consultant.

Why is breastfeeding painful for me, and what can I do about it?

Breastfeeding can be painful due to reasons like improper latch, engorgement, or infections like mastitis. To alleviate pain, ensure your baby is latching on correctly, use different breastfeeding positions, and apply warm compresses if your breasts are engorged. If the pain persists or is severe, seek advice from a lactation consultant or healthcare provider.

How should I store breast milk, and how long does it last?

Breast milk can be stored in clean bottles or milk storage bags. In the refrigerator, it can last up to 4 days, and in the freezer, it can be stored for about 6 months (or up to 12 months in a deep freezer). Always label the milk with the date it was expressed. Thawed breast milk should be used within 24 hours and should never be refrozen.

Can I breastfeed if I'm taking medications?

Some medications are safe to take while breastfeeding, but others can affect your breast milk and your baby. Always inform your healthcare provider that you are breastfeeding when being prescribed medication. They can advise you on safe options or alternative treatments.

How can I increase my breast milk supply?

To increase breast milk supply, breastfeed or pump more frequently, ensure you're well hydrated and eating a balanced diet, and try to rest as much as possible. Some mothers find that certain foods or supplements, known as galactagogues, can help increase supply, but consult with a healthcare provider before trying these. Stress can also affect milk supply, so finding ways to relax and seeking support can be beneficial.

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