Babies instinctively let us know when they need to be fed. This article will help you to recognise when your baby needs to be fed. This can help to make breastfeeding work well for both of you.
Photograph thanks to Swan Hill and Districts and Portland ABA Groups
‘Not yet Mum!’
In most cases, healthy, thriving newborns will wake on their own accord for feeds and so get all the milk they need. However, there are some reasons why a newborn may be extra sleepy. It may be necessary to wake the baby for feeds to ensure he gets the milk he needs. See 'Do I need to wake my baby for feeds?' article.
Feeding when your baby when she is showing the cues above:
Photographs thanks to Swan Hill and Districts and Portland ABA Groups
When your baby is crying, it is harder to:
get her to have a good feed
get her on the breast easily
avoid sore nipples.
If your baby is upset, here are some ideas to try when she needs soothing:
© Australian Breastfeeding Association April 2015
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