State of Illinois
Department of Human Services
Breastfeeding is a special time.
Create a special bond by holding your baby skin-to-skin.
Common Questions in the first month
Can I make enough milk?
Yes, You Can! - The more you breastfeed, the more milk you will make.
Breastfeed often to make a good milk supply!
How do I feed my baby when I?need to go out?
Take your baby with you for the first few weeks.
Plan ahead and breastfeed your baby before you leave and again on your return.
Does my baby need formula?
Breastmilk has everything your baby needs to grow strong and healthy.
For the first few weeks, formula, bottles, or pacifiers are not necessary.
I am tired. Is that normal?
A new baby means a new routine and extra duties.
Ask for help so you can spend time feeding and getting to know your new baby.
In the first few weeks...
Hold your baby often, love your baby, and breastfeed.
Keep these numbers handy as you and your baby learn to breastfeed.
Your Breastmilk is PRICELESS
Only you can give your baby breastmilk.
Breastmilk is more than food, it is comfort for your baby.
Your baby needs only breastmilk during the first six months.
Let everyone know you plan to breastfeed your baby -family, friends, your doctor, hospital staff.
Right after birth... hold your baby skin-to-skin on your chest. Baby will be warm and close to your heart.
Put your baby to breast within the first hour after delivery.
Many breastfeeding concerns can be easily fixed. Call WIC with all your questions.
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DHS 4591 (R-12-16) Breastfeeding Is A Special Time
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