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  • If your nipples are too sore to breastfeed, stop for 24 hours, but keep expressing milk.
  • Get DHA and ARA for your baby’s brain by eating fatty fish (sardines, salmon) and vegetable oils.
  • If you choose to wear a bra for comfort or support, remove the bra for some feedings so that all parts of the breast drain well.
  • Avoid creams, lotions, and oils on cracked or bleeding nipples.
  • 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.