Breastfeeding is probably going well when:
- Your baby nurses 8-12 times per 24 hours, or every 1½ to 3 hours during the day and at least once during the night.
- Your baby nurses at least 20-30 minutes at breast.
- Your baby has 6-8 wet, not damp, diapers per day.
- Your baby has several bowel movements per day.
- Your baby is happy, alert, and waking to be fed.
- You can hear your baby swallowing while nursing.
- Your breast becomes softer after nursing.
Tips for MOM
You should feel a firm tug when your baby latches-on, but there should be no pain. Breastfeeding should not hurt. If it does hurt, your baby may not be latched-on well. Break your baby's suction by putting your finger in the corner of his or her mouth before taking the baby off the breast.
Tummy to Tummy
- Baby's lower arm around your waist
- Baby's back supported with your arm
- Pillows used for support, if needed
- You are sitting up straight, not leaning over baby
- No clicking or smacking sounds are heard
- Baby's lips form a V-shape on your breast
- You can see baby's jaws move when swallowing
- Let nipples air dry after each nursing
- Express a little breast milk on your nipples and let dry
- Take nap when baby sleeps
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