New Mom Breastfeeding Reminders

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!
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