If you are worried about how your baby is feeding, ask to have a breastfeeding assessment.
Breastfeeding is a learned skill for both mum and baby, and it's very common to need a bit of extra support before you both become experts.
Frequent feeding is normal when your baby is first born. Baby may feed as often as every 1 to 2 hours. After the newborn period, your baby should be feeding at least 8 times in 24 hours including during the nighttime.
Check out the different ways to hold your baby when you are breastfeeding.
Hints and videos on making sure your baby is properly attached to your breast.
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