Breastfeeding Basics: How Much And When

Breastfeeding is a fulfilling experience for both, mother and baby. As a baby grows, her/his breastfeeding patterns change as per the nutrition s/he needs. Here’s what you need to know about your baby’s breastfeeding timeline from birth to beyond.

 

 

 This is a good time to initiate breastfeeding as your baby is active and alert. Allow your little one to nuzzle the breast and give plenty of skin-to-skin contact. This initiates an effective start to breastfeeding. Take your doctor’s or a lactation consultant’s help to achieve the first latch.

 

 

Feed your baby often and keep track of the clock. At this stage your baby should take a minimum of 10-12 feeds every 24 hours.

 

Feeding from 15 days to 6 months

In this period, you can switch to demand feeding. Before you plan your next feed, watch your baby for feeding cues such as moving of the lips, making suckling movements, rooting, getting agitated and finally crying (the last sign of hunger).    

 

Your baby’s stomach is still small and needs frequent feeds, maybe every 2 to 3 hours. Her/his feeding time will also be longer, around 25 to 45 minutes per feed. Suckling is hard work, and your little one gets easily tired. If your baby falls asleep at the breast, you might need to awaken her/him to complete a feed.  

 

 

 

Your baby’s stomach is now growing and can hold more milk. Your baby is also stronger and hence will be able to finish a feed faster. The number of feeds might now be 7 to 8 in 24 hours and each feed may last for 15 to 25 minutes. You will also find that your baby is more distracted and playful, so try to feed in a quiet  room to encourage her/him to complete the feed.  

 

 

This is the right time to introduce solids. Start with one semisolid meal at a time. This means that you will eliminate only one breast feed at a time, as breast milk is still the chief source of nutrition for your baby.   

 

 

 

At this stage, 50% of your baby’s nutrition will probably be met by solids and the balance 50% by breast milk.  

 

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that you continue breast feeding into the second year as well. At this point, your baby should ideally be taking about 4 to 5 solid meals and the rest of the feeds as breast milk. However, many mothers decide to wean their babies at this stage.  

 

Remember, every child is different, so breastfeeding needs will differ from baby to baby. Just watch your little one for signs, and have a great nursing journey together.   

 


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Sonali Shivlani;; Very informative article..My baby is a little over two months and I bf her for almost an hour.. half n hour each side post which also she doesn't seem content.. Does this mean my milk supply is very less..

hie Sheetal Ahuja yes one hour is too much time generally a baby takes 10 to 15 minutes or less den dat I had same prblm in the initial delivery days nd milk supply as too low dat time so plzz u once consult a good lactation consultant...!
nd to increase good supply of milk my doctor recommend me lactare capsules which comes in pink colour it's a course for one capsule thrice a day atleast for month...i tuk it for 40 days nd it gave me results in just one day in addition u can have sim mom chocolate milk powder which also helps in getting more milk nd it's good for both to mama as a post natal care nd as gud nutrition to baby
take lot of fluids also nd have a green healthy diet..take care

Rabia Aneja .. Thanks I have been taking Lactacare capsules for over a month now and Shatavari powder atleast twice a day but don't think I am getting the required results

ohh okk den do consult a lactation consultatant

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This is so well written.

Very informative & just like Pooja Singh said, just in time.

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meri baby 20 din ki ha mera milk nahi pee rahe ha fm hi bottle se le rahi ha kya karo jaise hi breast me lati hu she start crying

I wish I knew this before

This is so well written.

Very helpful👌👌

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I wish I knew this before

Very informative..

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This is so well written.

Hii
Gud morning
Meri baby bm nhi leti hm use formula milk de rhe h uske sath bhi same process h follow hoga na ? Thanks

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I wish I knew this before

Thanks so much for the wonderful information

This is so well written.

I have 4 months old baby this information is easy to understand

My baby is 8 months old.. but I am giving only 2 solid meals to her.. and other time Brest milk is enough for her... So should I increase her solid meals ....?

Superb info in the right time

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My baby is one month old. His weight is still same as earlier. No weight gain at all i.e, 3460 gms. I am worried. I feed him with my milk but I do not know that he is actually getting or not. I also feed him with formula milk. What should I do.

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