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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?
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on March 31, 2014

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