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Here’s the thing, babies can’...

Here’s the thing, babies can’t read clocks! They don’t know if it’s been an hour or three since they last ate. What they know is they feel hungry, so they use the tools they have to let you know. Rooting, hands to mouth, increased movement, and later fussing/crying. (See my post about hunger cues a few weeks ago!) In the beginning it’s normal and expected that a new baby could eat 10+ times per day. At the very least, 8.

In general, we want to let baby lead the way. And it rarely looks like perfectly spaced feedings that last the exact same time. Instead it might be a few snacks back to back, then a stretch of sleep, and then a large meal and then a short break before they’re back for dessert.

Exceptions to this rule might be the especially sleepy baby, the preterm baby, or early feeding plans for jaundice/latch difficulties/slow weight gain. In those cases, I’d highly recommend working with an IBCLC.

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Here’s the thing, babies can’t read clocks! They don’t know if it’s been an hour or three since they last ate. What they know is they feel hungry, so they use the tools they have to let you know. Rooting, hands to mouth, increased movement, and later fussing/crying. (See my post about hunger cues a few weeks ago!) In the beginning it’s normal and expected that a new baby could eat 10+ times per day. At the very least, 8. 

In general, we want to let baby lead the way. And it rarely looks like perfectly spaced feedings that last the exact same time. Instead it might be a few snacks back to back, then a stretch of sleep, and then a large meal and then a short break before they’re back for dessert. 

Exceptions to this rule might be the especially sleepy baby, the preterm baby, or early feeding plans for jaundice/latch difficulties/slow weight gain. In those cases, I’d highly recommend working with an IBCLC. 

#ibclc #breastfeeding #breastfeedinghelp #breastfeedingtips #breastmilk #lactation #lactationconsultant #nursingparent #newbaby #letstalklactation #mothersmilk #normalizebreastfeeding #supportisbest #preparedpregnancy #breastfeedingpositions #newbornfeeding  #postpartum #latching #latchingtips #cincinnatibreastfeeds #cincyibclc #cincinnatiibclc #breastfeedcincinnati #cincinnatilactation #cincybaby