World Breastfeeding Week 2010
1. Breastfeed baby right after birth – Newborns are born with a suckling instinct that is very strong during the 1st hour of life. Taking advantage of this will help you get a good start with breastfeeding.
2. Breastfeed every 1-3 hours or whenever your baby wants – Nursing often will help you make more milk and both you and your baby can practice latching on.
3. Make sure baby is latching correctly – Be patient, both you and your baby may need time to figure things out. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
4. Give breast milk only – Babies don’t need water or other supplements unless advised by your health care provider.
5. Keep your baby in the room with you – You will be able to quickly learn about your baby’s needs and will be able to breastfeed more often. Studies show that mothers and babies are less stressed when they are together.
6. Skin to Skin contact – Holding your baby skin to skin can help your baby nurse better and even gain weight faster. Keep your baby with you as much as possible, and give him lots of opportunities to nurse.
7. Avoid Pacifiers – If baby is fussy, let her nurse a little for comfort. You will make more milk when baby spends more time at the breast.
8. Let hospital staff know that you are breastfeeding – Let them know that you do not want your baby to have bottles or pacifiers.
9. Limit visitors – It can be difficult to breastfeed with an audience. There'll be plenty of time later for everyone to meet your new baby. You need to rest and spend this special time bonding with your baby. The nurse can clear visitors out of the room whenever you need privacy.
10. Ask for help from a lactation consultant or nurse – While you are in the hospital, there are many breastfeeding experts available to help. Before you leave the hospital, get phone numbers of lactation consultants and educators that can help once you get home.