Breastfeeding is a natural way to provide all the nutrition your baby needs. It also offers important health benefits formula can't match. Breast milk is the best food for infants. Breastfed babies have lower rates of pneumonias, ear infections and diarrhea.

  • Breastfeeding Support Groups: Kaiser Permanente offers Mother's Milk Clubs to its members weekly in various locations.  Staff trained in lactation are present to answer breastfeeding questions, help with latch and assess breastfeeding.  Mothers will be able to meet with other breastfeeding women, receive information on resources and gain support.  
  • Breastfeeding Support Line: 303-636-2929. Follow prompts for breastfeeding support. Available Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. Calls are usually returned within 2 hours.

  • Go to www.lalecheleague.org for breast-feeding information, including in other languages.

  • Breastfeeding Tips:

    • Breast feeding works on a supply and demand basis. The more your baby nurses the more milk you will make. Most babies breastfeed 8-12 times a day.

    • Let your baby nurse for as long as he wants on your first breast (as long as you feel a suck and hear your baby swallow), typically about 20 minutes. Burp then offer your other breast.

    • If he does not want to nurse at your second breast that is all right.

    • At the next feeding start with the opposite breast.
       

Vitamin D Supplement 
Give your baby a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU a day. Check the bottle for the correct dose, you can overdose vitamin D. Below are some options:

  • Vitamin D-vi-sol (available in the Kaiser Permanente Pharrmacies) or just D drops: 400 IU is 1 mL (1 milliliter) once a day.

  • Carlson Baby D Drops: 400 IU is 1 DROP once a day.

  • If you are supplementing with 17-32 oz of formula a day cut the dose of vitamin D in half. For the Carlson D drops use 1 drop every other day.

  • If you stop nursing, stop the vitamin D supplement. Formula already has vitamin D added.
     

Returning to work
When you return to work, continue to give your baby the benefits of breast milk by pumping.

  • Work sites in Colorado are required by state law to provide breast feeding mothers with time and space to breast feed when they return to work.

  • Check out the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition to learn more about the law and resources to help you successfully breast feed when you return to work.

  • Begin pumping at least weeks beforehand.

  • Pump between feedings or after a feeding. Mornings are best.

  • Start giving a bottle at 3-4 weeks of age and give a few times a week.

  • Discuss pumping needs with your employer before you return to work.

  • Use the following resources for addiitonal information: kp.org/pregnancy  or www.coloradobreastfeeding.org