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breastfeeding basics

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breastfeeding beyond one year

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tip of the day

  • Half the milk-making calories come from fat stored while pregnancy, the other half from foods you eat.
  • The more you breastfeed, the more calories your body uses to make milk—500–1,000 per day!
  • If biting occurs, press your baby’s face into your breast for a few seconds; he will release the breast immediately to breathe.
  • Introduce new tastes and textures starting around 6 months of age.
  • Massage your breasts in a circular pattern before you start to hand express or pump.
  • Make milk expression easier by putting warm water (using a washcloth, tub, or shower) on your breasts.
  • Features to look for in a pump are pressure range, suction control, flange size, and backflow protection.
  • Store breast milk in the middle of the refrigerator or freezer, not on the refrigerator door.
  • Thaw unopened containers of breast milk in a pan of warm water. Don’t use the microwave!
  • After week one, expect a 4–8 ounce weight gain each week for the first three months.