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often as your baby wants,provided that attachment has been checkedto avoid sore nipples.Sometimes feedings will be only about 11/2hours apart.
Foster a rooming-in situation in the hospital.
Discourage the hospital staff from giving any supplemental feedings or water.
Reassure: Your diet does not have to be “perfect" to nourish yourbaby well.
The more your baby nurses,the more milk you will produce.
Take enough fluids(especially milk,juice,water,and soup)tokeep from getting thirsty.
You need enough food(at least 1,800 kcal/day)to help maintainmilk production and to provide the nutrients that you and your babyneed.
For the first 6 weeks,the best guide to how much you should beeating is your own appetite.
Try to keep your intake of coffee,cola,or other sources of caffeineto 2 servings or less per day.
Advise against alcohol consumption, and inform the mother that drinking beer does not aid lactation.
For those who choose to take alcoholic beverages, advise: It isbest to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages,but certainly have nomore than 2 to 2.5 oz of liquor,8 oz of table wine,or 2 cans ofbeer on any one day (less for small women).
If environmental contaminants (e.g., heavy metals such as mercury and organic chemicals such as pesticides) are a potential problem in the area, be on the alert for official advisories concerning foods or areas to avoid.
If the mother wishes to use beverages containing sugar substitutes, suggest moderation and discourage her from using these to replace important sources of nutrients.