Common questions

How often will my baby feed?


All babies are different but it is normal for a baby to feed every 2-3 hours day and night for the first few weeks.  Some babies will ‘cluster feed’ in the evening or if they are having a growth spurt, this means even more frequent feeding

How do I know my baby is hungry?


Apart from crying, which may be an indication of many things for your baby, signs that they're ready for the next feed include:
  • starting to move about as they wake up
  • moving their head around – ‘rooting’
  • finding something to suck, usually their fingers


Why is baby-led feeding so important?


A newborn baby’s stomach is only the size of a walnut, therefore they will need to feed ‘little and often’. This is why baby-led feeding, or ‘on-demand feeding’ is so important. Your baby can have a good feed and be hungry again quite quickly. Babies go through patterns of feeding more and less as they grow. Letting them feed when they need to will ensure that they're content and getting the milk they need, when they need it.

How long should each feed last?


Every baby is different. Some babies want frequent short feeds, and others prefer feeding for longer. Let your baby finish the first breast, then offer the second. 

Can I still breastfeed if I have more than one baby?


Twins, triplets and other multiples can be breastfed. Because multiple babies are more likely to be born prematurely and have a low birth weight, breast milk is especially important for their wellbeing. When you start breastfeeding you may find it easier to feed each of your babies separately until feeding is well established and you feel confident about handling them at the same time. This may take a few weeks.
 

 
 

 
 

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