10 common breastfeeding questions from mothers
Breastfeeding can be a complex topic, where mothers are left with more questions than answers. Whitney Noble, RN, CCE, IBCLC, certified lactation consultant with Bailey Medical Center (BMC), shares about some of the most common inquires she hears from mothers.
How long should each feeding take?
I feel like the length to feed is the least important part. Sometimes it will be five minutes, sometimes it will be an hour. My best advice is don’t put a time limit on it because every feed is going to be different.
What should I do if breastfeeding irritates my nipples?
The first thing is to make sure there is a really good latch. If not, please reach out to a lactation consultant. A little bit of tenderness, especially the first couple of weeks, is normal, but pain is not.
When should my breast milk come in?
It typically takes three to five days after delivery. Frequent feeds with a good latch help the breast milk transition in faster.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk?
If baby is having plenty of wet and dirty diapers, you’re comfortably breast feeding (about eight feeds in a 24-hour span) and the baby is gaining weight.
What if my baby is favoring one side over the other?
That is totally normal. Be patient and work with that side, as you can.
What are the best holds to try?
My favorite are the cross-cradle and the football holds. I also recommend whatever is comfortable for a mom and her baby.
What is your advice on pumping?
Don’t’ stress about it. I usually recommend only pump as needed to help with engorgement early. When baby is a couple weeks old, set aside three or four times a day to start pumping that builds a freezer supply. Trust me, you will make enough milk for your baby.
What do I do about feedings if I’m ill?
As mom is able, keep feeding on demand. If she sees a dip in her supply, baby will need to be supplemented. If mom gets to the point where she can’t feed the baby, supplement as needed and pump often to prevent breast engorgement or infection.
What do I do with excess milk?
Store the excess according to milk storage guidelines. If you feel like your baby is having too much milk, see a lactation consultant. If you continue to have more milk than your baby needs, organizations like Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank welcome donations.
Will breastfeeding impact my baby’s sleep?
Breastfeeding or not, when it comes to infant safe sleep, we encourage to remember the ABC’s: Alone on their Back in a Crib. For more details, view the Infant Safe Sleep section on BMC’s labor and delivery page.
For additional breastfeeding questions, call BMC at 918-376-8268 or 918-376-8240. The Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline is also available 24 hours a day at 1-877-271-6455 (MILK). BMC breastfeeding classes are available as well.