Breastfeeding

FEEDING CUES

Frequent breastfeeding and comfort seeking is normal behaviour. Your baby is learning to recognise his/her family.

It is normal for babies to feed 8 to 12 times in 24 hours. This is because baby’s tummies are very small.

It is important to feed your baby whenever he/she shows signs of wanting to feed and for as long as they want to.

Babies should be fed when they show early feeding cues:

Stirring

ROOTING WITH HAND SUCKING

LATE FEEDING CUE

If your baby has to wait until a late feeding cue such as crying, fussing, squeaky noises and restless it can make feeding difficult!

Other signs your baby might be ready to feed:

  • Your breasts feel full
  • Your baby is distressed or needs comforting
  • You or your baby need to rest and relax

Remember! You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. They will always spontaneously finish feeding when they are full.

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