Breastfeeding Matters Saskatoon


Breastfeeding Your Baby: Mothers' Milk, Babies' Choice

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     >> 7 Days to 6 Weeks

     >> 6 Weeks to 6 Months

     >> 6 Months to 24 Months

     >> Wellness and Lifestyle Habits

     >> Troubleshooting

     >> Frequently asked Questions

     >> Support Team

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6 Weeks to 6 Months

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 baby close.

Nature’s way of increasing milk supply.
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 Positions.
  • Am I getting enough help with child care, meals and household work?
  • 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 Troubleshooting)
  • 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 a bottle?

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 quit breastfeeding.

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.

 


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