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Breastfeeding is a skill that needs to be learnt, and it can take time and practice to get the hang of it. There are lots of different positions for breastfeeding. You just need to check the following points.
You should have a minimum of two wet nappies their first and second days.
Day three to four - three nappies
Day five to six - six nappies
Day one to two Black tarry poo (known as meconium)
Day three to four Green/Brown (known as changing stool) two plus nappies
Day five to six Yellow soft two nappies minimum
After the very first feed after birth these are signs that you baby gives that he/she wants a feed.
These signs come long before baby finally cries for a feed. Crying for a feed is baby’s last attempt to get you to notice him so it is much better if you can feed him/her as soon as you notice these earlier signals.
This is called “responsive” feeding as you are feeding your baby in response to him/her letting you know that he/ she is ready to feed.
The signs are:
Babies might want to feed very one to two hour’s to start with.
If breastfeeding feels a bit awkward at first, don’t worry. You and your baby may just need a little more practice. Breastfeeding is a skill that you and your baby learn together, and it can take time to get used to. Go to our “Common Problems” page for more information and advice.
No matter what shape or size breasts you may have, there will be a position for you to breastfeed. What suits one mum may not suit another.
The main things to look out for when positioning are:
Attaching your baby correctly is really important. Having a good attachment will mean that baby gets plenty of milk. Attaching baby correctly will also avoid your nipples becoming sore and cracked and will ensure that your milk ducts are being drained effectively, which will avoid blocked milk ducts and you becoming engorged.
A baby should be on the breast 20 minutes on each side.
However, a distinction needs to be made between "being on the breast" and "breastfeeding". If a baby is actually drinking for most of 15-20 minutes on the first side, he may not want to take the second side at all. If he drinks only a minute on the first side, and then nibbles or sleeps, and does the same on the other, no amount of time will be enough. The baby will breastfeed better and longer if he is latched on properly.