Page ContentBreastfeedingExclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby's life. Breastfeeding should continue up to the baby's first birthday as new foods are introduced. You can keep breastfeeding after the baby's first birthday for as long as you and your baby would like. Breastfeeding is best for your baby for the following reasons:Breast milk has the right amount of fat, sugar, water, protein and minerals needed for a baby's growth and development. As your baby grows, your breast milk changes to adapt to the baby's changing nutritional needs.Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest.Breast milk contains antibodies that protect the infant from illnesses, like ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, and allergies. The longer the baby breastfeeds, the greater the health benefits.Breastfed infants have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)Breast milk can help reduce the risk of many of the short-term and long- term health problems of premature babies. Breastfeeding helps the mother by:Triggering the release of hormones that help the uterus contract. This helps heal the mother faster after childbirth and reduces the amount of bleeding she might otherwise experience.Making it easier to lose the weight gained during pregnancyReducing the future risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it can take some time for you and your baby to learn. Most women are able to breastfeed. A few women cannot because of medical conditions and other problems. Before DeliveryTake a breastfeeding education course online or in personOrder a breast pump and extra pump parts Stock up on breastfeeding essentials, such as a high quality nursing bra, breast pads, nursing pillow, and nursing coverSelect a pediatricianTips for a Successful Breastfeeding Journey Be patient.Newborns nurse frequently and for extended periods of time. Stay hydrated. Drink enough water so that you’re not regularly thirsty. Keep water nearby while nursing. Relax.Stress can impact your milk supply.Eat.It’s important to keep up your caloric intake while breastfeeding. Call for help.If you’re experiencing pain during breastfeeding, contact Dr. Melanie Mouzoon or a certified lactation consultant. There will be lactation support at the hospital and resources through the clinic to support you. Talk to your doctor about what's available. Most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding. Although medications can be passed to your baby in breast milk, levels are usually much lower than the levels in your blood stream. Talk to your doctor about ANY medication or over-the-counter supplements you're taking.Breastmilk Storage Guidelines Breast Milk Room Temperature Refrigerator FreezerFreshly PumpedUp to 4 hoursUp to 4 days6 – 12 months Thawed, Previously Frozen1-2 hoursUp to 24 hoursDo not refreeze breast milk after thawing.Leftover Breast MilkUse within 2 hours after the baby is finished feeding then discard. If you’re experiencing pain or difficulty breastfeeding, schedule a breastfeeding consultation appointment with Dr. Melanie Mouzoon.Kelsey-Seybold Breastfeeding Clinic at Woman’s Center Call 713-442-7300Select option 4 to speak with a nurse.Appointments available: Monday – Friday We're here for you and your baby! Call us anytime at 713-442-BABY (2229). Additional Resources to Help Successfully Breastfeed Your BabyBefore you give birth, try to learn as much about breastfeeding as possible. Look for a baby-friendly hospital and ask what breastfeeding support groups and classes they offer. The Woman's Hospital of Texas, for example, offers a free, online breastfeeding course. Get the link and access code at womanshospital.com/service/breastfeeding-classes-and-support.The American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) offers breastfeeding tips and answers to frequently asked questions at acog.org. Select "For Patients" for the ACOG Pregnancy Book and FAQs. Your Kelsey-Seybold obstetrician and pediatrician can also guide you and offer you support. Read books and other information about breastfeeding. Talk to other moms who have breastfed their babies. And be sure to involve your partner. Your partner's support is key to successful breastfeeding.