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How often should I breastfeed my baby?

Today, experts agree that your baby will let you know when it needs to feed. Healthy newborn babies will display 'feeding cues' when they are ready to feed. They will 'search' for the breast, moving their heads, sticking out their tongues and putting their hands to their mouth. Newborns tend to initially feed frequently, due to the small size of their stomachs, but with growth, the number of feeds will become less frequent.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 06 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Supporting a breastfeeding mother


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