FAQs about Breastfeeding
Confused about breastfeeding? We are here to help.
All mothers, at one point or another, will have questions about breastfeeding. While the Internet is certainly a wealth of information with many forums centered around the early motherhood experience, it’s also important to have a doctor by your side that can provide you with the information you need to make breastfeeding easier. Read below to learn the answers to some of the most common questions about breastfeeding, and contact Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. New Doctor's Name, for further counseling.
Q. When should I start breastfeeding?
A. Did you know that it is physically possible to start breastfeeding about one hour after your baby is born? Given this progression, it is recommended that you begin breastfeeding while still in the hospital. However, since the first 24 hours of your baby’s life is spent sleeping, it’s important to keep that in mind that it may be a bit more difficult for them to latch on right away.
Q. How often should I breastfeed?
A. Every baby is different when it comes to their feeding schedule; however, you can expect to feed every 1-3 hours both day and night, and you should know that your child should never go more than 4 hours without nursing. Of course, as your child continues to grow their stomach will expand. This means that they will consume more milk during feedings but will feed less often.
Q. How long will I breastfeed?
A. How long you choose to breastfeed your child is a decision that is left completely up to you. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding your child for up to six months, before splitting your child's diet between breastmilk and solid food for up to 2 years. This is something you can talk to our Austin, TX, children’s doctor about to figure out the best approach for you and your baby.
Q. What are the signs that my baby is hungry?
A. It’s good to try and nurse your baby before they begin crying from hunger. Signs that your baby is hungry include,
- Opening their mouths
- Puckering their lips
- Moving their head side to side
- Rooting reflex
Q. How can I make breastfeeding more comfortable?
A. We know that breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Finding a comfortable nursing position is one way to make the experience easier on the mother. While you’re nursing, place some specialty items near you such as magazines, healthy snacks, or even the remote so you can watch TV. You can also prop your feet up on a footstool for additional comfort and support. Remember: Just because you’re breastfeeding, doesn’t mean that you can't give yourself a bit of a break.
Do you still have questions about breastfeeding? If so, the caring medical team here at Pediatric Center of Round Rock in Austin, TX, is here for you. From new moms to experienced moms, we provide you with the support and care you deserve! Dial (512) 250-1997 today!