Q I’m breastfeeding, but find it hard to know when my baby is finished on one side. Any tips?
A Barb Glare, lactation consultant, says: In the early days, feeds can be quite long, as your baby is still learning. However, if she is on the breast for about 20 minutes, she has probably taken as much as she can. She will likely come off the breast herself. Otherwise, gently break the suction and after a burp and a nappy change offer the other side. In the first weeks she may not want the second side, or only a little, but things change quickly and most babies progress to wanting main course and dessert.
In the first few weeks, babies are sometimes a little sleepy, so your midwife may suggest waking your baby every three hours. But pretty soon, your baby will be demanding feeds. In the long run, babies feed the way they want to feed. If there are signs your baby may not be getting enough (low weight gains or sleepiness) contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association or a lactation consultant.