Your breasts will be producing small amounts of
colostrum.Your mature milk will usually come in between day 3 and 5 after birth. As you continue to breastfeed, your milk supply will increase. Read the stages of lactation to get a clearer understanding of how this works.
Some mothers feel a tingling sensation at the breast when a let down occurs, this is when your milk begins to flow and may occur several times during each feeding.
During the first few weeks, you will need to
burp your baby
quite often, I recommend burping your baby at least every 10 minutes whilst breastfeeding. Doing this will help decrease cramps, spitting up and
colic symptoms in your baby.
Try to keep away from the breast pump until your milk is established, except for if you are pumping in between feedings to increase your milk supply.
Your baby may experience a growth spurt between 7 and 10 days from birth, which will cause your baby to drink more often. Read more about growth spurts.
How Often do I Need to Feed my Newborn?
And How Long Should a Newborn Nurse?
You cannot feed your baby too often, but should feed him/her at least 8 - 12 times per 24 hours. Your baby should be actively sucking and swallowing for at least 20 minutes with each breastfeeding session.
After two weeks, a mother can start to feed her baby when he/she signals to be fed, but babies under two weeks generally need to be woken up for feedings every two hours during the day, and every 4 hours at night.