As long as you and your baby are healthy, it is important in the first two weeks to not use any pacifiers or bottles. Having the baby directly at the breast is extremely important to establish the baby’s latch and your milk supply.
To ensure your baby is getting enough milk, you can weigh the baby at the doctor’s office (usually no appointment needed) or at your local WIC, if you receive WIC benefits.
Breastfeeding can be challenging and you will need support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Take a breastfeeding class with your partner or friend. It helps to make sure your support is educated about the needs and demands of breastfeeding.
There is no evidence to suggest the COVID virus transmits through breastmilk. For more information on breastfeeding and COVID-19, click here.
For more tips, sign up for our next BIH breastfeeding class.