The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months. No juice, formula or solid foods in the first 6 months.
Breast milk has the perfect mix of antibodies and nutrients for a baby’s development and can protect a baby from a range of illnesses such as diarrhea, ear infections, SIDS, bacterial meningitis, diabetes, obesity & asthma.
Breastfeeding also helps the mom. It causes uterine contraction that helps your body return to its pre-pregnancy shape.
1. Watch for hunger cues like crying, fussing, licking her lips or sucking the fist.
2. Feed your baby “on demand,” or whenever (s)he asks for it.
3. Not sure if he is getting enough? – Keep a log of how often he eats, urinates and has bowel movements.
4. Try to stick to a feeding schedule
5. If you are going back to work – Pump milk while at work.
6. Talk to your pediatrician if you are worried.