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9 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Breastfeeding but Were Afraid to Ask

Unfortunately, people don’t always feel comfortable talking about breastfeeding. (#NormalizeBreastfeeding!) So, here’s the answers to all the questions you’ve been afraid to ask.

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1. What if Breastfeeding Doesn’t Come Naturally?

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Some women get it on the first try, some women don’t. Either way, you can have a healthy and happy breastfeeding journey! Often the doula, midwife, or hospital staff member who helps with the birth can also help with breastfeeding. The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers also offers some great support options.

2. If I Don’t Enjoy Breastfeeding, Can I Pump Instead?

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Absolutely! Pumping still gives your baby all the nutrients of breast milk. Also, the choice of whether to breastfeed or pump or use formula is incredibly personal. Stick with what works best for you and your family.

3. When Should I Stop Breastfeeding?

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If you aren’t Lysa Arryn, you’re probably ok. The official American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines recommend breastfeeding for at least a year, with the introduction of complementary foods after six months. Otherwise, it’s up to you and your baby!

4. Is It Normal to Bleed?

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Unfortunately, cracking or bleeding is not uncommon. The good news is, it’s not harmful to your baby and it doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding. If the bleeding is due to a problem with your latch, help from a lactation specialist might solve the problem.

5. How Often Should I Wake up to Feed My Baby?

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Young babies should generally be fed 8-12 times in a 24 hour period--so you’ll be waking up often. Usually, your baby will let you know when it’s hungry, but some babies are inclined to sleep through the night. In this case, you may need to wake your baby for feedings.

6. How Soon After an Augmentation Is It Safe to Breastfeed?

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With the number of breast augmentations growing each year, more women are wondering about their post-surgery nursing abilities. While it is possible to breastfeed with implants, milk supply will vary based on the location of implants and incisions. Talk to your doctor to determine the safest and healthiest choice for you.

7. What If I Have More Than One Baby?

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While breastfeeding twins or triplets (or more!) is more challenging than a single baby, you can definitely do it. Your body will produce enough milk, and you’ll know that your babies are getting enough to eat based on how much weight they gain. About an ounce gain per day from day 5 through 3 months is normal.

8. Should I Stop Nursing If I Have Mastitis?

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Although it may be tempting to stop, breastfeeding can actually help with thrush, mastitis, or clogged ducts. Especially with mastitis, milk flow can help get out the infection and prevent future clogged ducts. However, you should definitely talk to your doctor about additional treatments.

9. Is It Okay to Breastfeed in Public?

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Yes, Yes, Yes! Breastfeeding is a natural process that’s healthy for you and your baby. If you feel self-conscious, you can always use a nursing cover, but don’t feel pressured to do so. Nursing isn’t a cause for shame, and no one should make you feel like it is. #NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastIsBest

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