Breastfeeding Your Baby: Mothers' Milk, Babies' Choice
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Babies feed more frequently during growth spurts.
Babies need to gain at least 115 grams or more per week until
they have doubled their birth weight - around 4 to 6 months.
Your milk supply will change to match your baby’s nursing
style. Follow your baby’s cues and nurse often. Your baby
may want to cluster feed. This means several feedings
close together, then a longer sleep. Many babies will cluster nurse
in the evenings.
Breastfeeding at night is an important way to keep your
baby gaining weight well.
Your baby will want to stay near you. Sleeping in the same room
as your baby and using baby-carrying slings are ways to keep your
|Nature’s way of increasing
Nursing more will help you make more milk. It
may temporarily feel like you are unable to do much else but
nurse. This does not mean that you do not have enough milk.
It is nature’s way of increasing your milk supply.
Partners, friends and family are often eager to be helpful when
breastfeeding babies are going through a growth spurt. Soothers
and bottles, that they may suggest, can interfere with breastfeeding
supply and make breastfeeding more difficult.
Other ways to support you that are more helpful:
- shopping and preparing foods for you to eat,
- doing household chores and child care,
- support you to feed your baby during the night,
- bath, change and burp the baby,
- carry, rock, talk and sing to the baby,
- massage your neck and back during a feeding,
- acknowledge that breastfeeding is work and value your time and
commitment to breastfeeding.
Questions to ask yourself before you introduce infant formula:
- Am I getting enough rest?
- Have I learned to breastfeed lying down? See Breastfeeding
- Am I getting enough help with child care, meals and household
- Am I afraid to go out with a breastfeeding baby in public?
- Is breastfeeding the real source of the problem?
- Have I checked the section on breastfeeding management? (See
- Will it be less work to find the help I need to continue breastfeeding
or to find the money to buy formula?
- How can I give my baby as much breastmilk as possible if I introduce
It is helpful to think carefully about the risks of not breastfeeding
If you feel you may want to introduce infant formula or want to
Less breastmilk means babies are more likely to get diarrhea,
ear infections, coughs, colds and be at risk for more serious infections.
- Formula is artificial baby milk, usually made from cow’s
milk or soya.
- Cow’s milk protein before 3 months can increase the risk
of diabetes, asthma or allergies.
- Babies under six months are not ready to easily digest other
proteins from these sources, and can become gassy, crampy, constipated
and generally unhappy.
- can cause allergies, making special formulas necessary.
- Formula can cost between $130 - $250 per month
Breastfeeding does becomes easier as the baby gets older. Babies
learn how to feed more quickly. Their stomach size increases, so
they can take a larger feeding. Talking to another nursing mother
can help as they have experienced these changes. See Resources.