As a new Mom sometimes you just need a reminder. You can print these if it helps!
- My baby eats whenever he or she is hungry for as long as he or she wants. It may be every 1.5 to 3 hours, and adds up to be at least 8-12 feedings in a 24 hour period.
- My baby wets at least 6-8 diapers a day and has at least 1 poop per day (for the first month-sometimes it is less often after that)
- When my baby eats, I wait for a big “baby bird” mouth before pulling my baby on. Breastfeeding should not hurt. If I have pain, I should try again. If I continue to have pain, I need to seek help from a breastfeeding professional, doula, or LLL counselor.
- My baby does not eat or drink anything else but breastmilk for a full 6 months. (No water or juice)
- In order to make plenty of milk, I rest when my baby sleeps, especially in the first few weeks. (Day and night)
- I am getting plenty of help for household duties such as cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping, so that I can rest and let my body heal from childbirth. (Especially the first few weeks.
- I am getting a balance of nutritious foods every day, take my vitamins, and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages to keep me hydrated.
- I know alcohol and medications can affect my breastmilk and my baby, so I keep these to a minimum and seek the help of a lactation professional if I am not sure if one is safe while breastfeeding.
- I trust my body knows exactly how to make milk and how much. It will make milk for as long as I want to nurse my baby!