Breastfeeding is a great way for you to feed your baby. One of the keys to making breastfeeding work for you and baby is getting a good attachment at your breast.
Newborns need to be fed 8-12 times every 24 hours. Once you’ve got the hang of it, most feeds take 20 minutes or so. But in the early days and weeks, they might take up to an hour.
As your baby grows, the time baby takes to feed will reduce, as will the number of feeds.
The basic routine often changes depending on the baby. Some babies might feed from one breast, need a break and a nappy change, then finish with the other breast. Other babies might have a nappy change first, then feed from both breasts. And others will feed from only one breast.
- Breastmilk is the food designed by nature for human babies. This means it’s the ideal start for your baby.
- Breastmilk really is a wonder – a complete meal, ready whenever and wherever you and your baby are.
- Breastmilk can protect your baby against infection and some chronic diseases. It’s a way to help your baby develop as well as possible.
- Breastfeeding can help bonding between you and your baby.