Feeding the Child
- Published on Saturday, 02 November 2013 03:00
- Written by babycentre.co.uk
Yes. Your baby may just prefer to snack. He may breastfeed for a minute or two, take a break, and then go back for a bit more. Some babies do feed regularly and predictably, but most don't, especially in the early weeks and months.
If your baby is healthy, gaining weight, and seems contented after most breastfeeds, then you can feel reassured he's getting what he needs.
You can make sure your baby's appetite is satisfied by offering him a breastfeed often. Also watch for clues that he's hungry. He'll tell you by opening and closing his mouth, making sucking noises, opening his eyes or turning his head towards you.
If your baby falls asleep at your breast after just a few minutes, wake him up so he can have a full feed. Gently tickle his feet or blow on his face to keep him awake and feeding.
You may also want to check the way your baby latches on to your breast. He may only feed for a short while if he's struggling to get at your milk. Check that he's gaping his mouth and taking in a big mouthful of breast. He should seem content when feeding, and it should feel comfortable for you too.
If you're worried your baby isn't getting enough milk, be assured your midwife will weigh him regularly in his first two weeks. Most babies lose weight to begin with, but then start to put on weight three to five days after birth.
Talk to your midwife or health visitor for more breastfeeding advice. You could also ask to be referred to a breastfeeding specialist if you feel you need expert support.