Breastfeeding in the Hospital

My baby isn't latching. The nurse suggested formula, but I want to breastfeed! Why is the nurse recommending formula?

It can take some time to learn how to breastfeed, as you know. Most people are in the hospital only 24-48 hours after delivery.

Hospital staff needs to pay attention to your baby's dirty diapers, feeding amounts, and weights. They want to make sure your baby is eating enough, so they might encourage pumping or formula. But the first few days are so important for getting a good start to breastfeeding.

Focus on latching your baby on your breast at least every 2-3 hours. This will help your baby get used to breastfeeding and get a strong milk supply started.

You are the parent. You can make the best decisions for yourself and your baby.




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