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Breast-Feeding Support

Also indexed as:Nursing Mothers, Breast Milk Production
Breast-feeding can be beneficial for both baby and mother. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Breast-feeding can be beneficial for both baby and mother. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Keep up the supplements

    Continue taking your prenatal vitamin supplement to help supply extra nutrients needed during lactation

  • Get the nutrients you need

    Eat a balanced diet of unprocessed foods with extra calories and calcium to support lactation

  • Kick the habits

    Reduce or eliminate sources of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine to prevent transferring unhealthy amounts of these substances through your breast milk

  • Maximize the milk supply

    Feed your baby frequently, and for as long as possible; help increase and maintain your milk supply by minimizing fatigue and stress

  • Perfect your positioning

    See a lactation specialist or other knowledgeable healthcare practitioner for guidance on changing your baby’s feeding position and preventing or relieving sore nipples

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.


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