10 important questions to ask your healthcare team about breastfeeding
Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life, and it is good for a mum's health too.
Many babies and mums take to breastfeeding without any concerns. However, there may be questions to ask.
In some cases these can be answered by a midwife, health visitor or GP. In some cases, the help of an expert lactation counsellor may be advised.
Here are some common questions about breastfeeding:
- How often should I breastfeed my baby? And, for how long per feed?
- How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?
- Should I supplement the breastfeeding with baby formula? Should I give my baby fluoride supplements to strengthen his teeth since I am breastfeeding?
- My baby is having trouble latching on to my breast? What should I do?
- My breasts are sore and cracked from breastfeeding. Are there any creams that I can use to make them better?
- I have been getting a lot of headaches since having my baby, is it OK to take paracetamol while I am breastfeeding? Are there any medications I should avoid?
- Are there any specific foods and drinks I should avoid? Can I drink alcohol and caffeine?
- I am going back to work and have started expressing my breast milk. How long can I keep it at room temperature? In the fridge? In the freezer? And can I reuse leftover breast milk?
- Throughout my pregnancy I planned to breastfeed but now that I am actually doing it I really don't like it. Am I a bad mother if I stop?
- I really enjoy breastfeeding my baby, but I am not comfortable doing it in public. How can I continue giving my baby breast milk but not be so isolated?