Common questions and answers about breastfeeding
You are about to have a baby and you’re wondering if you should breastfeed. There is so much information out there about breastfeeding, it’s hard to know what to believe. Your pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, North Carolina want to help you by separating fact from fiction. Below are a few commonly asked questions and answers about breastfeeding.
Why should I breastfeed my baby?
Breastfeeding decreases your baby’s potential for allergies and provides your baby with your antibodies to protect against illnesses. Babies that are breastfeed also have less tendency to get dental decay. Breastfeeding also helps with your baby’s jaw and facial development.
How long should I breastfeed my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and then as solid food is introduced, continue to breastfeed as a supplement to your baby. Benefits including antibodies and allergy protection continue to help your baby for as long as you breastfeed. The longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefit to your baby.
Are there foods I shouldn’t eat while I am breastfeeding my baby?
If you have a family history of allergies to certain foods, it is best to eliminate those foods from your diet. If your baby has a bad reaction to a food you eat, limit or eliminate that food from your diet while you are breastfeeding. As a general rule, anything you enjoy eating is fine for you to eat while you are breastfeeding.
What about drinking alcohol or coffee while I’m breastfeeding?
According to the LaLeche League, consuming one alcoholic drink or less per day is not harmful to your baby. If your baby is overly sleepy or lethargic, you may be taking in too much alcohol for your baby. If you drink five 5 ounce cups of coffee or less per day, it will not cause a problem for you or your baby. It is important to consider all caffeine intake including colas, chocolate, cold medicines and other sources. If your baby is fussy, active and too alert, it is possible you and your baby are taking in too much caffeine.
You should have all the facts about breastfeeding to make a good decision for you and your child. If you have further questions about breastfeeding don’t hesitate to call your pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics. You need help and support before, during and after your pregnancy so seek out the best. Stop in and visit your pediatricians at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your child. Call today!