Breast Feeding Newborn Guide

Nursing Newborn Babies

Welcome new mommy! I hope that this page will encourage you and cause you to have a wonderful, successful breastfeeding & bonding experience. 

Page content links:

* What to expect.

* Tips for nursing a newborn.

* How often and for how many minutes should I breastfeed?

* Is my newborn drinking enough?

* Early feeds video

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What to Expect After Birth

  • 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.

Tips for Newborn Nursing

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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.

Read more on how to encourage a sleepy baby to breastfeed.

Nursing frequently will increase your supply and help prevent engorgement

Is my Newborn Breast Feeding Enough?

If your newborn is:

  • Producing bowel movements and urinating the recommended times per day.
  • Is gaining enough weight according to age.
  • And seems happy most of the time, you don’t need to worry.

Recommended output of urine/dirty diapers per age.

Recommended weight gain, according to age. 

Other tell tale signs that your baby is drinking enough milk.

Breast Feeding Newborn

Early Feeds Video

Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding. It’s not always easy in the beginning, but it will get simpler as you and your baby become more comfortable and experienced at breastfeeding.

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