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Mar 13

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) promotes the following breastfeeding guidelines…

. Breastfeed during the first hour after delivery.
. No supplements (such as water, glucose water or formula) should be given to breastfeeding newborns unless needed because of a medical condition.
. Newborns should be fed whenever they show signs of hunger, such as increased alertness or activity, mouthing or rooting. Crying is a late sign of hunger.
. Feed the baby only breast milk for the first six months of life so your baby receives the ideal nutrition that supports optimal growth and development.
. A trained observer should evaluate breastfeeding within 24 to 48 hours after delivery and at a follow-up visit 48 to 72 hours after mother and baby leave the hospital.
. Expressing and storing breast milk are encouraged, so the baby can receive the stored breast milk instead of formula at times the mother and baby have to be apart.
. Breastfeeding is recommended for the first 12 months of life or longer if the mother and baby want to continue.

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