Breastfeeding Big Brain Tests

Enjoy these Breastfeeding Big Brain quizzes we've created for you, helping to test the Breastfeeding knowledge you have.

Question 1

When should you first breastfeed your baby?

When you begin to experience maternal feelings.
As soon after the birth as possible.
When your baby seems hungry.
When your Dr. asks you if you would like to.
In the first two hours after birth your little one is most ready to attempt its first feed. Do not be disheartened if for some reason you are unable to begin breastfeeding at this time. Most moms who get off to a slow start manage to have a very successful breastfeeding relationship with their child.

Question 2

How often should your baby breastfeed?

Every four hours. It is important to establish a rutine.
Whenever it cries.
When your baby shows signs of hunger or distress.
Whenever it is most convenient.
Newborn babies only have very small stomachs (about the size of their fist) and so need to eat very regularly. Common hunger signs are rooting for the breast, sucking on their fist (or whatever else crosses their path) and squirming. Crying is a late hunger sign. Because breastfeeding is as much about comfort as it is about nutrition it is perfectly ok to offer your baby the breast when it seems distressed.

Question 3

Is it a good idea to use a pacifier with a baby learning to breastfeed?

Yes. All babies need a pacifier.
After your baby has been at the breast for 20 minutes. Any longer and it will over fill itself and get a stomach ache.
No.
Only if your baby seems to want one.
While your baby is learning to breastfeed it is a good idea not not use a pacifier. This requires a different type of sucking and may confuse your baby. It can also affect your milk supply because your breasts receive less stimulation.

Question 4

How can I increase my milk supply?

Allow your baby unrestricted access to the breast.
Drink lots of milk.
Limit the time your baby spends at the beast so all the milk isn´t used up.
Make sure you do not feed your baby at night so you can all get some rest.
The best way to increase your milk supply is to allow your baby to spend more time at the breast. Night nursing is an ideal time for this. To prevent exaustion you might want to consider co-sleeping.

Question 5

Does breastfeeding come naturally?

Only to people who have spent alot of time with children.
Yes. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world.
Only if you want to breastfeed enough.
No.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it does not come naturally. If you find your are experiencing problems with breastfeeding do not hesitate to contact an IBCLC or LLL (NMAA in Australia).

Question 6

Should your partner be knowledgable about breastfeeding before the birth?

No- the less he knows the better.
Only if he wants to learn.
Yes- A breast feeding woman needs all the support she can get!
Only if he is smart.
Many women find the first weeks, or even months after their baby´s birth very over wealming. If your partner is knowledgable and supportive of breastfeeding then it makes him better prepared to support you in your decisions.

Question 7

Does a woman produce enough for her baby to eat in the first three days?

Yes. Colostrum is all a healthy full term baby needs until its mothers milk comes in.
No. There is no milk for the first few days.
Only if the baby´s mother does not have a big appetite. These things are hereditary.
It all depends on the baby´s doctor. It is best to stick with what is rutine.
If supplements are required, they should be given by lactation aid, not cup, finger feeding, syringe or bottle. The best supplement is your own colostrum. It can be mixed with sugar water if you are not able to express much at first. Formula is hardly ever necessary in the first few days.

Question 8

Does colostrum have any benefits?

Only if the mother is very healthy.
Noone really knows. Everyone has their own ideas about how these things work. We just need to do whatever feels best for us.
Yes! Colostrum is packed with important nutrients and antibodies.
Only if the mother thinks it is a good idea.
Colostrum is the first milk your breasts produce in the early days of breastfeeding. This special milk is low in fat, and high in carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies to help keep your baby healthy. It is extremely easy to digest, and is therefore the perfect first food for your baby. It is low in volume but high in concentrated nutrition for the newborn. Colostrum has a laxative effect on the baby, helping him pass his early stools, which aids in the excretion of excess bilirubin and helps prevent jaundice. (LLL)

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