I feel like I am going mad as my baby feeds every 2 –
3 hours and then for almost an hour. Can this possibly be
Believe it or not, this IS perfectly normal! By feeding
the baby every time there is a demand and letting baby feed
until baby is finished, you are doing the best job possible.
This situation will improve as your milk supply rises to
meeting these demands. And as baby grows the gaps between
feeds will lengthen, until baby is feeding roughly four
hourly. In fact the most efficient way to have a good milk
supply is by frequent feeding.
Feeding habits and demands vary so widely from baby to
baby that you should not compare your baby’s feeding
habits to those of another baby. If you need more reassurance
it might be worth visiting your clinic or talking to a lactation
specialist who could spend some time observing you feeding
and might be able to give you some helpful suggestions concerning
your particular situation.
The other way to reassure yourself that everything is going
well is to check the number of very wet nappies your baby
produces per day. If there are six to eight nappies per
day then everything is as it should be. So pat yourself
on the back and try to relax and enjoy this precious time
with your newborn.
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