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Breastfeeding Q&As

Donna Bruschi, a Hudson Valley lactation consultant and owner of New Baby, New Paltz, answers common questions

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.

We’ve compiled some common breastfeeding questions, answered by Donna Bruschi, a Hudson Valley lactation consultant and owner of New Baby, New Paltz.

As a new mom, will I have enough breastmilk?

All but 1 or 2% of all mothers produce enough milk for their baby and many mothers produce enough for 2 or 3. For good milk production, start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth and empty the breasts frequently. Follow the baby's feeding cues and nurse at least 10- 12 times in 24 hours for the first two weeks.

What should I be eating while I'm breastfeeding?

You don't need to eat special foods but you should try eat a wide variety of foods in as close to their natural state as possible — just as you would anytime you want to be healthy. Sometimes babies have a sensitivity to 1 or 2 foods in your diet, but most babies do not.

Can you breastfeed and use formula at the same time?

Any amount of breastfeeding is better than none. A strategy that ensures that you have a good milk supply is to feed the baby at the breast first, get help from a lactation lonsultant if you think you are not producing enough, pump milk for supplemental feedings and think of formula as an emergency backup.