IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR BABIES’ FEEDING HABITS, CHECK IT OUT WITH A CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT OR YOUR DOCTOR
New infants often fall asleep at the breast before their tummies are full. They need to be woken and encouraged to drink further or you will be back at nursing within a half hour or so.
The lactating breast is never “empty.” It is just “less full.” If you pump after nursing, getting 1/4 to 1/2 ounce is good and it all adds up over time.
It is not unusual to have a good sucker and a fussier sucker. Put the good sucker on first when simultaneously feeding and then spend more time adjusting the fussier baby.
Breastfeeding automatically makes Mom thirsty. Make sure you have a cold drink beside you prior to beginning. Hot drinks can be easily knocked over. Don’t take the risk.
Babies suck about 10-12 minutes and then they are full. Nursing for 15 minutes or longer, well, they aren’t really sucking that whole time but more likely enjoying the position, warmth and Mom’s loving arms.
Nursing babies are full when they begin to relax at the breast. A clenched hand may open and gently rest on the breast, face relaxes, mouth opens and baby falls off.
Healthy, nursing babies generally have one dirty diaper plus 5 or 6 very wet ones in 24 hours. That is how you know they are getting enough nourishment.
Check out the January, 2015 issue of Today’s Parent magazine for information on breastfeeding two babies at once. An abbreviated version of the article can be found at http://www.todaysparent.com/baby/breastfeeding/tips-for-nursing-twins/
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