Small and large breasts can make the same amount of milk, but small breasts cannot store as much. If you have smaller breasts, your baby may need to feed more often.
Yes. Some women have flat or inverted nipples. If your nipples become erect when they are stimulated, they will also respond to your baby’s suck. Your baby will take your nipple and most of the area around your nipple into his mouth to suck. Most babies learn to latch quickly no matter what the shape or size of your nipples. If you are concerned, get help.
Here are some things you can do to make sure you have plenty of milk for your baby:
- Start breastfeeding as soon as possible after your baby is born.
- Breastfeed your baby often, at least 8 times in 24 hours or more.
- Hold your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible.
- Offer your breast if your baby is fussy.
If you are still concerned, get help.
Breastfeeding and birth control are compatible. It is best for your health and the health of another child allow at least 18 months between the birth of one child and the conception of another. You and your partner have several reliable birth control options to choose from.
All babies need vitamin D. While breastfeeding, your baby should be given 400 IU of vitamin D daily until 24 months of age. Speak to your health care provider for more information.
Babies have growth spurts at about 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. Your baby may want extra breast milk at these times. Growth spurts are not a sign that your baby needs to start solid foods – wait until your baby is 6 months old to start solid foods.
It is a global recommendation that babies are fed breastmilk only for the first 6 months of life. At 6 months, babies can start iron-rich and nutritious foods while breastfeeding continues for up to 2 years and beyond.
When your baby is 6 months old and is showing signs that he is ready, you can start to offer him iron-rich solid food. Your baby doesn’t need teeth to start solid food. Starting solid foods too early or too late can cause problems.
Learn more about feeding your baby from 6 months to 1 year.
Every baby is different and babies need to feed around the clock, especially in the early days. This meets your baby’s needs because of his small tummy and helps you by stimulating your breasts frequently. Going long stretches at night without feeding your baby is not helpful in the first few months.
As your baby grows he will wake less often. This takes time for most babies. You are not alone…all new moms dream about when they will be able to sleep through the night. For now, ask for help and rest when your baby is sleeping whenever possible.
You may notice your baby wakes more frequently at night if:
- Your baby has a growth spurt.
- Your baby is sick.
- Your baby is learning a new skill like rolling over or standing up.
- Your baby needs to feel secure.
- You have gone back to work or school and are away from your baby more often during the day.
Every mother and child has the basic right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere. No one should ask you to move, cover up or be more discreet.
While it is a basic right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere, some organizations strive to welcome breastfeeding families. Current breastfeeding friendly locations include:
- Elgin St. Thomas Public Health and satellite clinics
- St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
- Ontario Early Years Centre locations
- Vesta Parenting Centre
If you are going back to work or school after having a baby, you can still breastfeed. Mothers, babies and workplaces can all benefit from breastfeeding! Breastfeeding continues to provide health benefits for mothers and babies. Breastfed babies get protection against infection in child-care settings. Breastfeeding your baby releases hormones that help you relax.
Employers are required to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. Workplaces can support breastfeeding mothers by being flexible with break times and providing a quiet place to feed or express milk during scheduled breaks. Discuss your plans with your employer before going back to work. For more information about the rights of the breastfeeding mother at work, visit http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/pregnancy-and-breastfeeding-brochure.
- Talk to other women who have worked while breastfeeding.
- Choose a childcare provider that supports breastfeeding.
- Practice expressing your breast milk before returning to work or school.
- Changes in milk supply from day to day are normal.
- Expressed breast milk may be stored in a refrigerator or a cooler back with ice packs.
For more information about expressing and storing breast milk, visit https://resources.beststart.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/B35-E.pdf
Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Breastfeeding matters: An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families. Retrieved from http://www.beststart.org/resources/breastfeeding/breastfeeding_matters_EN_LR.pdf