What and how you feed your baby is especially important during their first year. The average baby doubles birth weight within five months after birth, and weight triples by the first birthday. A smaller than average baby often grows more rapidly. Breast milk is baby’s most important food in the first year and should be the only food for the first four to six months of life.
At Newton-Wellesley Hospital we provide new moms with the education and skills to feel comfortable breastfeeding their baby. Our nursing team in the Mother Baby Unit is available to provide hands-on breastfeeding support.
Breastfeeding usually takes some practice for both mother and newborn. The best approach is to relax and be patient during the initial period when you and your infant are learning. Get help early. Our nurses are experts in the care and feeding of babies and can answer your questions and assist you with feedings while you are in the hospital. If necessary, they can also refer you to our on-site lactation consultants who specialize in breastfeeding issues. Our consultants also teach daily breastfeeding classes on the unit, offer free weekly support groups and also run an Outpatient Lactation Clinic.
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