SWITCH­ING SIDES

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

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.

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