How to Get Breastfeeding Established

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How to Get Breastfeeding Established

Your milk usually takes 2 to 3 days to come in, and babies usually regain their birth weight by 10 to 14 days.

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Your milk usually takes 2 to 3 days to come in, and babies usually regain their birth weight by 10 to 14 days.

Wet nappies should start to become more frequent, with at least 6 every 24 hours from day 5 onwards.

At the beginning, your baby will pass a black tar-like stool (poo) called meconium. By day 3, this should be changing to a lighter, runnier, greenish stool that is easier to clean up. From day 4 and for the first few weeks, your baby should pass at least 2 yellow stools every day.

Your breasts and nipples should not be sore. If they are, ask for help.

Mama Aroha - breastfeeding basics

Images of Mama Aroha app

The Mama Aroha app provides information about many aspects of breastfeeding. It includes information on the importance of breastfeeding, support for breastfeeding skin to skin, supply and demand feeding, what to expect, feeding cues, latching and positioning, hand expressing and milk storage.

The app is New Zealand based and connects visuals and kupu Māori to provide a more visually informative resource that is easier to understand. For the complete app description, go to the app website, or get the app from Google Play or App Store.

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.

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