"The success rate among mothers who want to breastfeed can be greatly improved through active support from their families, friends, communities, clinicians, health care leaders, employers, and policymakers. Given the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers and children, it is critical that we take action across the country to support breastfeeding."
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We recognize how special it is to have a new baby. We are here to support you, provide you with practical information, and answer your
questions. Following is some helpful information about nursing your baby:
Did you know? Breastfeeding sends a signal to your brain telling your body to produce more milk. Feed your baby frequently: 8-12 times in 24 hours starting soon after birth.
Breastfed babies have fewer colds and allergies and are less likely to develop obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes later in life.
Breastfeed your baby at the earliest signs of hunger: licking lips, sucking on hands, swiping at face, rooting, thrusting their tongue out. If you would like to know more about hunger cues - contact us!
Avoid pacifiers and bottles. If used frequently in the first month you may not make enough milk.
Babies have times when they grow faster so they will want to eat more often. This is normal.
Mothers who breastfeed gain some protection from obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Recent research indicates they may have protection from some female cancers. They often lose weight faster too!
Reasons to Call for Help:
Your baby is not latching well, making your nipple(s) sore or damaged.
Your baby's Health Care Provider says your baby isn't gaining the right amount of weight.
Your baby is very sleepy and hard to wake for feedings.
You are told to stop breastfeeding or to give your baby formula.
You had problems when you tried to breastfeed your last child.
You are planning to return to work and/or school.
If your baby has less than 6 wet and 3 poopy diapers in 24 hours when they are 4 days old or older.
Napa Valley Breastfeeding Coalition • P.O.Box 567, Napa, CA 94559 • E-mail: email@example.com