For many new mums, the baby’s first month seems like an endless round of feeding and expressing their breast milk.
While it’s the best nourishment a baby can get, some abandon breastfeeding because they believe their milk supply is insufficient.
“That’s why your son is crying and hungry again,” your well-meaning but ignorant relatives may tell you.
But frequent feeding is normal, assures Cynthia Pang, senior lactation consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Newborns may nurse eight to 12 times a day during the first few weeks.
You may start by letting your baby suckle for about 15 minutes on each breast, then vary the time according to his needs.
Once your milk supply is established, breastfeeding should be “on demand” when he is hungry, which is about every one to three hours.
In fact, newborns should not go more than about four hours without feeding.
If this happens, wake Baby up every three hours to feed him. And if he falls asleep while feeding, gently massage his arms or legs to rouse him.
“It may be very tiring, but after a month or two, your baby will settle down to a schedule,” says Cynthia.