Every major health organization recognizes breastfeeding as the ideal first food for babies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Recommends:

  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months
  • Continued breastfeeding as complimentary foods are introduced
  • Continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant

Get off to a good start!

  • Skin-to-skin contact is important right after birth and continuing until breastfeeding and your milk supply are well established.
  • Start breastfeeding within 1 hour after delivery.
  • Keep your baby in your room so that you can nurse on demand.
  • Don’t give baby a pacifier or any artificial nipples until breastfeeding is well established, usually 3-4 weeks after birth.
  • Colostrum is the first milk that your baby gets and he or she just needs small amounts, your milk will come in after a few days.
  • Nurse often, at least 8 times a day, so that you will continue to increase your milk supply.
  • Before you switch to formula, get help from a breastfeeding professional! Your pediatrician can help or guide you to someone who can help.

What to expect at 2 months

What to expect at 4 months

What to expect at 6 months