Arizona Baby Steps to Breastfeeding Success

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Your baby won’t come with instructions.

Go HERE for help!  Be proud of what you are doing for your baby.  The Arizona Department of Health Services can help you every step of the way.  Or call our WIC office at (928) 428-7690.

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Your Baby Was Born To Breastfeed

Baby’s digestive system is not well developed until around 6-months-old.  This is why introducing other foods is not recommended until baby is older.  Your milk has all the calories and nutrients baby needs until they are 6-months-old.  Adding formula or solids can hurt baby’s tummy, increase allergies, and increase baby’s odds of getting sick.

Thinking About Giving Formula and Breast Milk?

Exclusive breastfeeding is the best food for baby.  Adding formula will not improve baby’s nutrition and will reduce some of the important protection that breast milk provides.

Many mothers pump breast milk for their babies.  A pumping session will typically take about 15-20 minutes.  Talk to your employer about splitting your lunch hour or using existing breaks to make pumping fit into your work day.

Combining Breast and Bottle Feeding

Any amount of mom’s milk is great for baby.  If you want to add formula at some point, you can still provide breast milk as well.  Baby will continue to get important benefits from even one breastfeeding a day.

Many moms leave formula with a caregiver and nurse baby when they are together.  If breastfeeding is going well, this can be a solution for moms who can’t pump often enough to keep up with baby’s appetite.

Breast milk is made in response to your baby feeding, or pumping your milk.  Giving formula could affect your breast milk supply.

Wait until breastfeeding is well established, so formula has less of an effect on your breastfeeding.  For most mothers, a good time to do this is when baby is at least 6-weeks-old.

If you have questions about breastfeeding, please call our WIC office (928) 428-7690 or call the Breastfeeding Hotline at 1-800-833-4642.