Breastfeeding is a normal, learnt skill that takes time and practice.
Breastmilk provides all the nutrition your baby needs for the first 6 months of their life.
From the age of 6 months, children should begin eating safe and adequate complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond (WHO, UNICEF)
What are the health benefits of breastfeeding for your baby?
What are normal feeding patterns for a newborn?
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR BABY IS GETTING ENOUGH MILK?
URINE OUTPUT (WEE)
Minimum of 5 heavy, wet nappies each day (24 hour period) after the age of five days.
Pale urine – if your baby’s urine is dark or smelly, it might mean your baby is not getting enough milk.
STOOL OUTPUT (POO)
Good-sized soft stools are expected.
Before 6-8 weeks of age, your baby should have three or more runny stools/poos a day.
After this age, it is quite normal for your baby to poo less often, even every 7-10 days.
When your baby poos, there should be a large amount of soft or runny poo.
Your baby is gaining a good amount of weight, and growing in length and head circumference. Your baby is meeting their developmental milestones.
Your baby is fitting into their skin, and has good skin colour and muscle tone.
Your baby is alert and is mostly happy after feeds.
What do you do if you think your baby isn’t getting enough milk?
Breastfeeding should be an enjoyable and rewarding bonding process for both Mother and Baby.
Breastfeeding effectively does take time and practice as it is a learning process for both Mother and baby.