Remember babies only have small tummies.

  • Once attached to the breast your baby will start to suck quickly at first to get the milk to flow.
  • As the milk flows the baby should take slow deep sucks, pausing to swallow and breathe every 2-3 sucks (after the first 2-3 days you will be able to hear the swallows)
  • Near the end of feed the sucks are lighter and fluttering may be felt, before the baby stops sucking or let’s go of the nipple.
  • A feed may take anything from 5 minutes to 40 minutes.
  • Occasionally feeds may last longer, but if all feeds are longer than 40 minutes check positioning and attachment.
  • Offer both breasts at each feed, but don’t worry if your baby does not always take both sides.
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