Frequency In the early days, frequent nursing (every two to three hours) establishes good milk supply, but that might not be his schedule – he may nurse three or four times in three hours, then sleep for four hours. Respond to his cues and your milk supply will adjust to meet his needs.
Some babies nurse five minutes at each breast and are satisfied, and some will nurse 20 minutes on each side. Your little one will set the pace. Nurse on the first side until he lets go or falls asleep. Then burp him or change his diaper, and offer the second breast until he lets go or falls asleep again. If your breasts are uncomfortably full, switch sides after a few minutes so he can nurse from each breast. If he’s too drowsy, try undressing him or rubbing his bare feet – skin-to-skin contact with you may stimulate him to keep eating.
Cross-cradle hold: Start with your right breast. Lay the baby on his side along your left arm (so that you’re tummy to tummy) with your hand supporting the back of his neck and shoulders. Your arm should support the baby’s weight and tuck his legs against your body. He should be able to tip his head back. Use your right hand to support your breast. This position works well for premature or small babies, but can be awkward with bigger babies.
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