What to expect in the first 48 hours of breast feeding

: new born babies are tired from the effort of birthing there fore may not feed often or easily in the first 24 hours. do maintain skin to skin contact ,hand express and give baby the colostrum this will encourage feeding and a closeness with your baby

:after the first 24 to 48 hours most babies will feed 8 to 12 times while the milk supply is establishing the frequent feeding helps bring the milk in .

:make sure to offer both breasts to maximize volume ( and we don want to be lope sided :) )

:around day 4 your milk supply should be in and baby will feed less frequently approx 2 1/2 to 4 hrly but all babies are individuals so it varies

:some babies are good at latching on and sucking others need time , patients and perseverance

;wet nappies in the first 24 hours it may be spasmodic 1-2 wet nappies but as the milk volume increases so does the amount of nappies to at least 6 to 8 wet nappies every 24 hours this would be expect at 1 week old

:baby poo the very first poo (lets hope the nurse finds this one ) is called meconium it is sticky tar like greeny black in colour its all that baby had in their stomach thru the pregnancy emptied .

: breast fed baby poo is often soft yellowish / orange like seeded mustard changes in colour with mothers diet sometimes with a green hue

:Babies can be very different with their bowels some 3 x a day and others 3 x a week both are normal

: any concerns or help with breast feeding contact your early childhood nurse

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