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Breastfeeding -- When You Have Not Given Birth

If your main goal is bonding, you may choose to wait until your baby arrives.  If you want to produce milk you may want to rent or buy a pump and start pumping 4 to 6 weeks before your baby arrives.  A hospital - grade electric breast pump with a double kit is the best choice so you can pump both breasts at the same time.  Pump your breasts at least 8 to 10 times a day, for about 15 minutes each time.  Use your hands during and after pumping to remove all the milk you can. If you want to have a good milk supply, you may consider the induced lactation protocols at www.asklenore.info

After your baby arrives, you need to know how to put your baby on the breast correctly.  This is called the 'latch'.  If you need more information or help, ask a lactation consultant or public health nurse.

Breastfeeding -- When You Have Not Given Birth

If your baby is less than 6 months old, offer your baby the breast at least every 2 to 3 hours.  Your baby may take the breast quite easily.  Make sure that your baby latches on to the breast correctly. Ask for help early if you are not sure that your baby has a good latch.

If your child is a toddler or preschooler, you may need time to get to know each other before breastfeeding.  Try offering the breast when your child is happy or sleepy.  Sit with your child comfortably laying against your bare chest and let him or her take the lead.

If your baby is not yet ready to take the breast, you will need to remove the milk by hand or with a breast pump.  Emptying your breasts will help your body make more milk.  The more milk you remove by breastfeeding or expressing, the more milk your body will make.