ments), pumping the breasts if absences are unavoidable, alternating the breasts, and releasing suction when removing the infant from the breast.

Basic Guidance
  • Reassure the mother, as appropriate, and reinforce her successes, such as the infant's growth or the feeding relationship.

  • You can expect your baby to want to nurse more often if he or she starts to have a growth spurt. This will increase your milk supply.

  • Discuss strategies and provide materials to assist in coping with the demands of the newborn and other family members.

  • If applicable, provide tips for eating well with fewer calories (see ideas on page 108 and "Boosting Your Nutrient Intake," page 103.

  • Encourage the mother to consume a healthful diet based mainly on the Dietary Guidelines (see "Basic Dietary Guidance," Tab 2).

  • Discourage her from trying diets and drugs that promise quick weight loss.

  • Provide information for the mother or primary meal preparer concerning practical strategies for healthful family meals.

  • Assist the mother in finding valid answers to her breastfeeding questions.

Addressing Problems
  • Check on the mother's need for physician referral to a breastfeeding specialist.

  • For problem resolution for breastfeeding mothers, see Tab 10 for sources of information.

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