August is National Breastfeeding Month – Tips Every New Parent Should Know

August 24, 2023
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In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, we have gathered some helpful information and tips every new parent needs to know. Breastfeeding your new baby can sometimes seem like learning a new dance. While there are plenty of new steps to learn – there is plenty of support all around you.

Research shows that breastfeeding is good for your and your baby’s health. But we understand that it can be tough to manage breastfeeding while keeping up with our fast-paced world. Getting ready and learning about breastfeeding before your baby arrives can help you feel confident.

Whether to breastfeed is a personal decision; no matter what you choose, you deserve lots of support. Whether you’re a first-time mom or you’ve done this before, getting help and advice can make a big difference.

Let’s talk about some common questions:

    1. How long will my breast milk stay fresh? 
      Have you ever wondered how long your breastmilk can stay fresh in the fridge? Usually, it’s safe to keep it for about 3-4 days. If you need it to last longer, you can put it in the freezer.
       
    2. Will I make enough milk?
      Are you worried about making enough milk for your baby? Don’t worry, a lot of moms feel the same way. There are things you can do to help make more milk, like trying different ways of feeding and eating healthy foods.
       
    3. Where can I find help?
      If you need help with breastfeeding, you can find it on the central coast. You can reach out to lactation consultants at local hospitals, get support from groups like La Leche League or WIC, or talk to CHC’s lactation health educator in our CPSP program.
       The womenshealth.gov website has breastfeeding information for new parents: womenshealth.gov/breastfeedingYou can also call the National Breastfeeding Helpline at (800-994-9662), and it’s free. They even have help available in Spanish.

Just remember, you’re not alone. Even though life can be busy, taking care of yourself and your baby is really important. Enjoy this journey, learn as much as you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have a wonderful National Breastfeeding Month!

View, download or print the below fliers from local agencies and WIC to help guide you:

Breastfeeding Education for New Parents – pdf
ENGLISH  |  ESPAÑOL

Storage & Preparation of Breast Milk – pdf
ENGLISH  |  ESPAÑOL

 

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