Rebecca Agi is that person that every new momma needs. She guides mothers through one of the most exciting (and let’s be real, potentially challenging, hair-pulling) periods: breastfeeding. For many first time moms breastfeeding is daunting and anxiety-inducing. No matter how much you prep for motherhood, sometimes, it just doesn’t come as easy. Thankfully, people like Rebecca exist.
Rebecca, who is also on the precipice of giving birth to child number one, is a L.A.-based International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She provides in-home lactation support to new and expecting families, and studied nutrition at New York University and California State University Northridge. So you know she knows nutrition. At her practice, Best Milk LA, she fields all sorts of questions from new moms and shared with us her top four. Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, you know you’re a little curious. Read on, mommas.
Check out her practice, Best Milk LA, for more info on breastfeeding.
How often should my baby be eating?
During the early days you’ll want to aim for 8-12 feedings per 24 hours, which breaks down to every 2-3 hours. If your baby shows early signs of hunger before that 2-3 hours mark, be sure to feed him/her on demand. One of the amazing things about breastfeeding is that a baby can’t overfeed at the breast, they simply stop feeding when they’re full.
How do I know that my baby is getting enough to eat, or that I’m Making Enough Milk?
Here are 5 ways to tell that your making enough milk and your baby is getting enough:
1. Your baby nurses at least 8-12 times in 24 hours.
2. You feed the baby at the first signs of hunger
3. Your baby is gaining weight.
4. Your baby has wet and dirty diapers. .
5. Your baby seems satisfied at the end of a feeding.
What are common signs of an infection and when should I see a doctor about breastfeeding problems that I encounter?
Mastitis and Thrush are two of the most common infections women experience during the breastfeeding journey. If you experience a red wedge-shaped area on the breast, fever, flu-like aches and/or shivers, you may have mastitis and should contact your doctor and lactation consultant. If you experience itchy or burning nipples that appear pink or red, shiny, or flaky, you may have thrush and should be seen by you doctor right away.
I want to lose my baby weight, but I’m still breastfeeding. What’s the best way to go about getting back in shape post-baby?
In order to lose weight, you have to create a calorie deficit, which means burning more calories than you’re taking in. Luckily breastfeeding burns about 20 calories per ounce of breast milk produced; for most moms this means burning an extra 300-500 calories per day!
If you’re trying to lose weight while breastfeeding, you’ll want to make sure that you’re still eating enough to support a healthy milk supply and give you the energy you need to care for your baby. According to the research, this means consuming a minimum of 1600 calories per day. However, if you eat a variety of healthy, high-fiber foods to satisfy your hunger and drink enough water to quench your thirst, counting calories is rarely necessary at this time. And don’t forget exercise! Once your doctor has gives you the green light, (usually 6 weeks after delivery), you’ll want to get back into the groove of regular moderate exercise.
Hey momma, Want to Learn More?
Rebbeca’s website can be found here: Best Milk LA
And, check out Rebecca’s Instagram! @bestmilkla