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How Much and How Often to Breastfeed

Every baby is different. How much and how often your baby feeds will depend on your baby’s needs. Some new-borns may be sleepy and not interested in feeding.
At first, babies need to eat about every 2 to 4 hours to help them get enough nutrition and to grow. This means you may need to wake your baby to feed. You can try patting, stroking, undressing, or changing the diaper to help wake your baby.
If you have concerns about how much your baby is sleeping or eating, talk to his or her doctor or nurse.

Breastfeeding and Thrush

Thrush infections can sometimes happen when your nipples become cracked or damaged. This means the candida fungus that causes thrush can get into your nipple or breast

Not Enough Breast Milk

When you first start breastfeeding, you may worry that your baby is not getting enough milk. It can take a little while before you feel confident that your baby is getting what they need.
Offering your baby both breasts at each feed and alternating which breast you start with will help to stimulate your milk supply. So will keeping your baby close and holding them skin to skin.

Breast Engorgement

  • Breast engorgement is when your breasts get too full of milk. They may feel hard, tight and painful.
  • Engorgement can happen in the early days when you and your baby are still getting used to breastfeeding. It can take a few days for your milk supply to match your baby's needs.
  • Engorgement can also happen when your baby is older and not feeding so frequently, perhaps when they start having solid foods.
  • Baby is not latching on properly
  • Breastfeeding is a skill that you and your baby need to learn together. It may take you both a while to get the hang of it.
  • If you are finding breastfeeding painful or your baby does not seem to be satisfied after feeds, they may not be latching onto the breast properly