Q: Why does my baby want to feed so often?
A: New babies like to have small feeds often because their stomachs are only very tiny so they like to feed around once an hour so they don’t get too full. Feeding regularly in the first three days also helps to stimulate your breasts to produce milk. Breastmilk is absorbed very quickly from the baby’s tummy, so this means your baby will want to feed more often.
Q: How can I produce more milk?
A: The best to way to produce more milk is to feed your baby more often. By doing this, your body will react and produce more milk.
Q: When should I start my baby on solid foods?
A: It is recommended that you start solids when your baby reaches six months. Before this your baby’s body has not developed enough to cope with solid food.
Q: What can I do if my baby won’t feed?
A: The best thing you can do is ask for support! People will be on hand to help you with whatever support you need. Try to be positive about feeding. Your baby can pick up if you’re feeling tense. Spending time holding your baby in skin-to-skin contact will help you and your baby to relax and will increase your milk producing hormones.
Q: If I bottle fed my other children, can I still breastfeed?
A: Yes, and more women are choosing to try breastfeeding! Throughout the UK over a quarter of mothers who already have a child have decided to breastfeed their new arrivals.
Q: Can breastfeeding make my baby cleverer?
A: A number of studies have found that babies who were breastfed for over three months have a higher IQ than babies who weren’t breastfed for the first three months.
Q: What will happen to my breasts, I’m worried they’re going to change?
A: Some women experience no change at all and others say that their breasts got smaller or slightly bigger when they had finished breastfeeding. Pregnancy causes your breasts to change whether you breastfeed or not.
Q: Can I drink alcohol while I’m breastfeeding?
A: While the odd drink won’t do your baby harm, you need to consider how responsive you can be to your baby after you’ve had an alcoholic drink – and this is the same if you bottle feed. Only tiny amounts of alcohol are passed through in your breastmilk but even a few drinks can make you more sleepy and less responsive to your baby’s needs which can be potentially dangerous, particularly at night with relation to SUDI. If you plan on having a drink make sure there is someone sober to look after your baby whether you are breast or bottle feeding.
Q: If I go back to work, will I be able just to feed my baby at night?
A: Breastfeeding works on a supply and demand basis. Your body should adapt to have enough milk for the feeds that you are giving therefore feeding just at night shouldn’t be a problem.
Q: How should I feed my baby if I’m not well?
A: If you can, it’s really important to keep on breastfeeding your baby, or to express your milk so the milk supply is kept going. Your milk will help to protect your baby against the illness. Try and get help straight away to treat your illness and inform the GP that you are breastfeeding. Try and get as much rest as possible too!
Q: Does breastfeeding stop me from getting pregnant again?
A: If you are feeding your baby solely with breast milk it may offer you some protection, but it’s always best to use an additional method of contraception