Breastfeeding Consultation

A lactation consultant is available for new mothers and their infants. Because of the many benefits of breastfeeding, we do suggest that you breastfeed your newborn on demand, usually every two to three hours for the first two weeks after birth.

Questions Moms Often Ask

Is my baby getting enough milk?

The nurse will monitor this carefully and instruct you how to tell whether your baby is getting enough milk by checking wet diapers, bowel movements, positioning at the breast, and your baby's weight.

Is there a way to avoid sore nipples?

Maternity nurses are trained to help new moms with breastfeeding. Your nurse will check your baby's nursing position to make sure both of you are comfortable.

How do I know I have enough milk?

Most babies nurse eight or more times in a 24-hour period. Frequent breastfeeding stimulates your milk to increase. Babies should have four or more wet diapers the second day and one or more bowel movements. After discharge day, babies will feed eight or more times, have three or more bowel movements and wet six or more diapers daily.

Your Baby's First Year

Your Baby's First Year

Giving birth at a North Shore-LIJ hospital? You'll receive Your Baby's First Year, edited by Steven P. Shelov, MD, of Cohen Children's Medical Center.