YOUR GUIDE TO BREASTFEEDING
Breastfeeding is beneficial for you, your baby, and the community.
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby, helping to keep your baby healthy and provide essential vitamins and nutrients that only a mother’s body can provide.
How Milk Production Works
The more frequently you breastfeed or pump, the more milk you’ll make. Hormones play a key role in milk production. Every time you breastfeed or pump, your body releases the hormone prolactin. With each release, your body makes and stores more milk in the breast. If the level of this hormone gets too low, your milk supply will decrease. This is why it is important to breastfeed or pump right after delivery and then at regular time frames. Initially this is about eight times every 24 hours.
It is also very important to drain your breast fully when feeding your baby. A drained breast produces milk quickly, while a full breast produces milk slowly. Most mothers have an average of four milk ejection reflexes during a breastfeeding session.
Common Breastfeeding Positions
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