Your Baby and You - page 44

Breastfeeding should be responsive to the needs of both you and your baby;
you can never overfeed a breastfed baby. The baby will want to feed at least
8 – 10 times in 24 hours. Don’t be afraid to ask for support or advice with
breastfeeding. When you leave hospital you will receive a “Who can Help”
leaflet which tells you about breastfeeding cafés and drop in clinics in your area.
‘Off to the Best Start’ is a leaflet that gives lots of useful information on
breastfeeding. Please ask your midwife for a copy if you do not have one.
How to tell if breastfeeding is going well
Going well if:
Your baby has 8 feeds or more in 24 hours
Your baby is feeding for between 5 and 40 minutes at each feed
Your baby has normal skin colour
Your baby is generally calm and relaxed whilst feeding and is content after
most feeds
Your baby has wet & dirty nappies (see page 45)
Breastfeeding is pain free
When your baby is 3-4 days old & beyond you should be able to hear your
baby swallowing frequently during the feed
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