Q: Why does my baby want to feed so often?
A: New babies like to have small feeds often because their stomachs are only very tiny so they like to feed around once an hour so they don’t get too full. Feeding regularly in the first three days also helps to stimulate your breasts to produce milk. Breastmilk is absorbed very quickly from the baby’s tummy, so this means your baby will want to feed more often.
Q: How can I produce more milk?
A: The best to way to produce more milk is to feed your baby more often. By doing this, your body will react and produce more milk.
Q: When should I start my baby on solids?
A: It is recommended that you start solids when your baby reaches six months. Before this your baby’s body has not developed enough to cope with solid food.
Q: What can I do if my baby won’t feed?
A: The best thing you can do is ask a health professional for their advice and make sure you’re getting enough rest, eat well and try to be positive about feeding; your baby can pick up if you’re feeling tense. Spending time holding your baby in skin-to-skin contact will help you and your baby to relax and will increase your milk producing hormones.
Q: If I bottle fed my other children, can I still breastfeed?
A: Yes, and more women are choosing to try breastfeeding! Throughout the UK over a quarter of mothers who already have a child have decided to breastfeed their new arrivals.
Q: Can breastfeeding make my baby cleverer?
A: A number of studies have found that babies who were breastfed for over three months have a higher IQ than babies who weren’t breastfed for the first three months.
Q: What will happen to my breasts, I’m worried they’re going to change?
A: Some women experience no change at all and others say that their breasts got smaller or slightly bigger when they had finished breastfeeding. Pregnancy causes your breasts to change whether you breastfeed or not.
Q: Can I drink alcohol while I’m breastfeeding?
A: Whatever you take into your body will probably be passed onto your baby, which is something to consider. While the odd drink probably won’t do your baby much harm, it is best to try and avoid alcohol altogether. Click here for more information.
Q: If I go back to work, will I be able just to feed my baby at night?
A: Breastfeeding works on a supply and demand basis and you produce enough milk for the feeds that you are giving so feeding just at night shouldn’t be a problem.
Q: How should I feed my baby if I’m not well?
A: If you can it’s really important to keep on breastfeeding your baby, or to express your milk so the milk supply is kept going. Try and get help straight away to treat your illness and check with your doctor if it’s okay for you to continue breastfeeding. Try and get as much rest as possible too!
Q: Does breastfeeding stop me from getting pregnant again?
A: If you are feeding your baby solely with breast milk it may offer you some protection, but it’s always best to use an additional method of contraception