Breastfeeding Basics
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Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful time of bonding with baby, but it's important to be prepared. Test your knowledge with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these is very important to adequate milk production?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A proper "latch-on" technique, proper maternal hydration, nutrition and maintaining a positive attitude about breastfeeding are all essential to quality milk production.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How soon after birth will milk fill your breasts?

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The correct answer is: At the time of your baby's birth, your breasts contain the thin, initial milk, called colostrum. Roughly two to five days after giving birth this transitions to milk.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How long does it take for mature milk to come in?

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The correct answer is: Your mature milk comes in about two weeks after birth; it will also be thin and may have a bluish-white color.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How frequently should you breastfeed your newborn baby?

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The correct answer is: Initially, babies should feed approximately 8 to 12 times in 24 hours, which is roughly every 2 to 3 hours.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which hormone is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and bonding experienced between mother and baby during breastfeeding?

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The correct answer is: Two hormones, prolactin and oxytocin, are released during breastfeeding which increase feelings of relaxation, nurturing and love.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breast feeding can help shrink your uterus back to normal size faster.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Breastfeeding right after the delivery of your baby helps stop bleeding from your uterus (womb). It also helps shrink your uterus back to the size it was before your pregnancy.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breast feeding can help you return to your pre-baby weight faster.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As breastfeeding burns 300 to 500 calories a day, moms who breastfeed may return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster than moms who don't.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breast feeding increases your risk of ovarian cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Breastfeeding reduces your risk of ovarian cancer.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Breast feeding reduces your risk of osteoporosis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some research suggests that breastfeeding may protect against osteoporosis and bone fractures in older age.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How does breast feeding affect your menstrual period?

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The correct answer is: You may not have a monthly period for several months if you are breastfeeding only.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can't get pregnant if you are breastfeeding.

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The correct answer is: This is false. During this time, your chances of getting pregnant may be lower, but you may still need to use some form of birth control to make sure that you do not get pregnant.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Is it safe to drink alcohol when breastfeeding?

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The correct answer is: You may be surprised to know that occasional, moderate alcohol consumption is actually OK (the American Academy of Pediatrics even says so). Limit your drinking to no more than 2 ounces of liquor, 8 ounces of wine or 2 beers.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is possible to breastfeed an adopted baby.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Lactation is a hormonal response to a physical action, and so the stimulation of the baby nursing causes the body to produce milk. The more the baby nurses, the more a woman's body will produce milk. If you are adopting and want to breastfeed, talk with both your doctor and a lactation consultant.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

If you do drink, how long should you wait before breastfeeding your baby?

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The correct answer is: If you do drink, you'll want to wait a while before breastfeeding. Keeping in mind each person's metabolism is somewhat different, you should wait at least 2 hours before breastfeeding your baby.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Even small amounts of caffeine can be passed to your baby and have adverse effects on him.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Small amounts of caffeine are safe, but consuming larger amounts could lead to adverse effects on your baby. Like alcohol, caffeine is transmitted through breast milk to your baby.

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True or false: Research shows that children who were breastfed have lower intelligence scores than children who weren't.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Studies show that children who are breastfed have higher intelligence scores -- by an average of seven points -- than those who are fed breast milk substitutes.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How long is it recommended you breastfeed exclusively?

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The correct answer is: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively during the first 6 months of a baby's life.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a healthy benefit of breastfeeding your child?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Breast milk provides immunity against bacteria and viruses, which means less sick time for your little one. Studies show that breastfed babies have fewer ear, respiratory tract and diarrheal infections. They are also at a lower risk for many childhood diseases such as asthma, diabetes and obesity.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What sound signals your baby has properly latched on for breastfeeding?

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The correct answer is: When you hold your baby's mouth to your breast, you should hear a transition from short, quick sucks to long, slow, deep gulps, during which you can hear swallowing and see his jaw moving up and down. When that transition occurs, you will often feel a tingly sensation in your breasts. This is the "letdown reflex," and it means that your milk is flowing freely to your baby.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a sign your breast milk supply may be low or missing altogether?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If your baby looks as if he is losing weight, is four or more days old and has less than six wet and three soiled diapers a day, or you don't hear your baby swallowing when he's breastfeeding, your milk may be low or missing.

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