You may have already started thinking about how you’re planning to feed your baby: By breast, with formula, or with both. If you’re interested in breastfeeding, remember that it’s a learned skill — it might not come naturally to you or your baby! Luckily, support is available. If you choose formula, ask your care provider which types they recommend. Remember, whichever method you choose, the most important thing is that your baby gets enough to eat.
Make sure baby gets enough
How much milk or formula will your baby drink, and how will you know if they are getting enough? Here’s an outline of average feeding patterns.
Feed yourself, too!
If you breastfeed, keep in mind that you have to stay well-fed too! Taking care of yourself will keep your milk supply strong.
- Eat three well-balanced meals a day.
- Drink plenty of fluids — aim for 13 to 15 cups of water a day.
- Keep your coffee or tea to one cup per day, and avoid alcohol.
- If your baby is fussy after you eat a certain food or spice, avoid it for a while. Try it again later to see if it is a problem.
Avoid the ouch
Sore nipples happen! Here are some common breastfeeding challenges and how to address them.
Prepare to pump
If you plan to breastfeed, you may also plan to pump. Pumping milk becomes necessary if you want to freeze milk for later or if you just want to take a break and let someone else feed your baby. You may also choose to pump at work. Here are our tips for pumping, storing, and serving breastmilk. For options on ordering your pump, call the Customer Service number on your ID card.
For expert breastfeeding support, search for a Lactation Consultant using the Find a Doctor tool on ibxpress.com. They can observe and correct your baby's latch and measure how much milk is transferred during a feeding.
All the best,