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Breastfeeding Challenges

Infant Health

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?

During the first 4 to 6 weeks your baby should breastfeed 8 – 12 times each 24 hours, have at least three dirty diapers and at least 6 wet diapers each day, gain 4 – 7 ounces a week once returned to birth weight and be content after each feeding. You should hear swallows and gulping while breastfeeding.

Is my baby getting enough milk?

If you are unsure about providing enough milk call the baby’s health care provider.

How do I know when my baby wants to eat?

Feeding cues include lip smacking, hands to mouth, rooting, tongue movements and crying. When you see these signals, feed your baby. He is trying to communicate with you.

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?

You can be sure that your baby is getting enough to eat if she has frequent, runny, yellow stools.

Will every diaper be poopy?

Not every diaper will be poopy however, frequent stools are a good sign that your baby is getting enough to eat.

When will my baby sleep through the night?

Breastfed babies normally eat 8 – 12 times in each 24 hours and may not sleep thought the night for many weeks or months. The same is true for all babies. Frequent waking allows for greater neural stimulation.

When should I start solid foods?

16 Minute Club recommends the initiation of solid foods at six months of age. Developmentally, start solids when your baby can: sit up alone, use the muscles in his neck to hold his head up straight, mouth his fingers and his toys, open his mouth when he sees something coming, turn his head away if he doesn’t want it, keep his tongue flat and low so you can put in the spoon, close his lips over the spoon, and keep food in his mouth rather than squeezing it back out onto his chin.

Milk Storage and Pumping Category

How long does a feeding last?

Each baby in unique, some will complete their feed in 10 minutes, others will remain on a breast for 45 minutes. Your baby will release your nipple when he or she is done. The average feeding time over a one-year period is 16 minutes.

One breast or two per feeding?

When your baby stops feeding on the first breast, burp her and offer the second breast. If she breastfed poorly on the first breast, return to the first breast before offering the second breast to allow her to consume the high fat milk that comes at the end of each feeding.

Is one breast enough per feeding?

One breast is a complete meal. Only offer the second breast if the first feeding was vigorous and your baby had a chance to receive the high fat/calorie milk that comes at the end of each feeding.

Will I benefit if I breastfeed longer than one year?

Mothers do benefit from breastfeeding beyond the first year. The longer a woman breastfeeds, the less risk she has of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer. Women with diabetes find that their insulin needs continue to be lower while they are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding makes weight loss easier for many mothers.

Is breastfeeding a toddler different from breastfeeding an infant?

Breastfeeding a toddler is very different from breastfeeding an infant. With toddlers, most breastfeeding sessions are short and sweet. The frequency can vary from once every other day to several times each day.

Does breastfeeding make children too dependent on mom?

Research shows that the opposite is true. Children who form a secure attachment with their mother are better able to form relationships with others and are more likely to be independent.

Will my baby bite? Babies often have six to eight teeth by 1 year of age.

It is not possible for your baby to breastfeed and bite at the same time. When a baby is latched on well, the mother’s nipple extends far back into the baby’s mouth. The nipple does not come into contact with the baby’s teeth.

Can I reduce my chances of getting bit?

Biting tends to occur near the end of a feeding when a baby is full or when a baby really isn’t hungry. Watch for signs that your baby has finished feeding and remove her from the breast. Babies find comfort in rubbing their gums against something when their gums are sore during teething. Try rubbing your baby’s gums with your fingers and use a chilled, firm teething ring to soothe his gums between breastfeeding sessions.

What should I do if my baby bites?

If your baby bites, avoid smiling, laughing, or reacting in a way that makes your baby think it was funny or cute. Calmly push your baby’s face into your breast. This causes the baby to release the nipple. Then remove your baby from the breast and firmly say “no.” Wait until the next usual feeding time to allow your baby to breastfeed again.

How many calories should I eat while breastfeeding?

Milk production requires about 500 to1000 calories per day. Half of the calories come from body fat stored during pregnancy, the other half come from foods that you eat. Nutritionists often recommend that women eat 500 additional calories each day while breastfeeding.

How do I lose the weight I gained during pregnancy?

Most women find that over a 6-month period they lose the weight they gained during pregnancy. To ensure this: avoid high-calorie foods with no nutritional value; eat to satisfy your hunger; and try not to lose weight until your milk supply is well established – about 4 – 6 weeks after birth.

Do I need to drink extra fluids while breastfeeding?

Your thirst is the best signal of how much fluid you should drink. Drink healthy beverages, such as water, low-fat or nonfat milk, and 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. Your urine should be clear or pale yellow.

Do I need to take vitamin and mineral supplements while breastfeeding?

As long as you eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods, the only supplement you may need to take is iron. If you are avoiding dairy products you should consider a calcium supplement (600 mg/day). If you get less than 30 minutes of sun exposure each weed you should consider a vitamin D supplement. If you do not eat animal products consider adding B12 to your diet through supplementation.

Do I need to limit the amount of fish in my diet?

Fish are a good source of high-quality protein and are low in saturated fat. But, nearly all fish contain mercury. Smaller fish contain less generally than large fish – try salmon, cod and sole.

Is it true that some foods can make my baby fussy?

Occasionally, something in your diet may make your baby fussy. Foods that sometimes cause fussiness include milk products, eggs, and nuts. If you have a family history of allergic disease or a very fussy baby, you may want to limit these foods in your diet.

Can I drink caffeine while breastfeeding?

One or two cups of regular coffee per day are considered safe for breastfeeding mothers and healthy, full term babies.

Can I use artificial sweetners?

Small amounts of artificial sweetners such as saccharin and aspartame are thought to be safe. Aspartame causes an increased in the level of phenylalanine and should not be used by individuals with phenylketonuria (PKU).

Can I drink alcohol?

Drinking small amounts of alcohol (4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or one ounce of spirits) no more than once a week is thought to be safe. To limit the effects of alcohol on your baby try not to breastfeed for at least two hours after you drink.

Can I smoke and breastfeed?

Smoking affects the mother and baby in many ways. Because the many benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks of smoking, mothers who smoke are still encouraged to breastfeed. To limit the effects of second hand smoke on your baby, reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke to no more than five a day and do not smoke in the house, car or near your baby.

Does breastfeeding have emotional benefits for mom?

Breastfeeding creates a very unique relationship between mother and baby, a special bond of trust and understanding develops. Breastfeeding can offer mom a chance to rest – try the side lying position to take advantage of the time with baby and need to be still. Breastfeeding allows mom to be hands free – you can eat dinner, care for another child or simply rest.

Are there economic advantages to breastfeeding?

Families who breastfeed save an average of $1,000 in infant feeding costs during the first year alone. Breastfeed babies experience fewer illnesses, doctor visits, and hospital stays. This equals an average savings of $400 over the first year of life.
Breastfed babies are healthier, even if they are in daycare. Parents working outside the home miss fewer days of work and lose less income.

Will I be able to come and go easily?

Frequent breastfeeding may limit your freedom for the first six weeks while you are increasing your milk supply and learning to breastfeed. Once breastfeeding is well established, you can come and go very easily with pumped breast milk left for your infant.

How can I keep my breasts from leaking?

Leaking often occurs in the first few weeks when babies feed at irregular times and once returning to work when pumping may not be done as frequent as baby has fed. Breast pads conceal leakage. Keep a clean blouse in your desk or car for emergencies.

Do I need to follow a special diet?

Limits on alcohol are recommended across the board. If your family has a history of allergic disease or you find that certain foods make your baby fussy, avoid those foods.

Can I take birth control pills while breastfeeding?

Birth control pills that contain estrogen can decrease milk supply and should be avoided. Pills that contain only progesterone are considered safe.

How long should I breastfeed?

Any amount of breast milk is great for your infant. Research has demonstrated that babies breastfed exclusively for six months are healthier than babies fed infant formula or a combination of formula and breast milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding (no other liquids) and beyond based on mom’s and babies’ interest.

Milk Storage and Pumping Category

Can I pump after breastfeeding?

Yes, you can. Just know that your baby will most likely do a great job of emptying your breasts and you may not be able to pump the same volume if you pump immediately following a breastfeeding session.

Can I breastfeed after I pump?

Yes, the pump is not as efficient at emptying the breast as your baby will be. Your baby will still get a full meal if you breastfeed him immediately after pumping.

How often should I breastfeed/pump?

Remove milk from your breasts 8 – 12 times in each 24 our period. You may pump three to four times at work and then feed your baby four to 8 times when you are together at home. The amount of time between feedings will vary, each baby is so unique.

When should I begin pumping?

For women returning to work it is recommended that you begin pumping in the third or forth week of life so you will be able to introduce a bottle by the fourth week.

Which is easier – breastfeeding or bottle feeding?

With breastfeeding there is no mixing, measuring, or clean up, making nighttime feedings quick and easy. Travel while breastfeeding is easy. With a little practice, you can breastfeed anywhere. Breast milk is always the right temperature.

Child Development

Developmental Milestones are the keys to breastfeeding success overtime. Babies’ growth and development can be divided into four areas of development: intellectual, physical, senses and reflexes, and social.
Each educational component and shipment from the 16 Minute Club focuses on these four milestones and the changes that occur approximately every six weeks as babies develop.
Early shipments emphasize physical milestones such as getting the latch right, skin care and sleep as well as social milestones including soothing techniques, getting out and about with baby and nursing strikes.
Later shipments target intellectual milestones and babies enhanced senses. Topics such as the introductions of solids and bottles, teething, preferences and distractions.
Developmental milestones are predictable — knowing what to expect each step of the way will make your breastfeeding transitions from developmental milestone to developmental milestone easier to navigate.

Mom & Baby Benefits


have less diarrhea and constipation

have fewer ear infections and
respiratory illnesses

can be protected from developing allergies
and asthma

may have lower risk of SIDS

maybe protected from obesity

makes vaccines work better

helps the nervous system
development and increases IQ

are less likely to develop insulin-dependent
diabetes mellitus

are less likely to develop cancers
such as leukemia and lympohoma


may reduce your stress level and your
risk of postpartum depression

may reduce your risk of breast,
uterine and ovarian cancer

will burn extra calories so it can help
you lose pregnancy weight faster

have lower risk of osteoporosis
and hip fractures

saves time and money

have regular relaxing, quality
time with your infant so you can grow close
and emotionally bond

is eco friendly—no plastic or electricity
is utilized to make breast milk.

Goals and Milestones

The 16 Minute Club box subscription will help you reach each of these developmental milestones and goals. Join HERE.

Helpful Resources

Breastfeeding Events


World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.


Team Best For Babes FITNESS EVENT

Team Best for Babes is an opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to run, walk, ride, yoga, stroll, tri – whatever fitness activity you are into at any level– to race to beat the Breastfeeding Booby Traps® – the societal barriers that prevent approximately 2 million moms each year from making informed feeding decisions and from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals, whether that’s to breastfeed for 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years, or not at all.