• Babies and mothers have instinctive feeding behaviours
  • Put your baby skin to skin after giving birth and let your baby start feeding instinctively
  • Baby led feeding, feed baby when baby shows signs of wanting to feed eg. waking up, sticking out tongue and nuzzling the breast...look for these feeding cues to put your baby back to the breast
  • More breastfeeding at first means more milk later
  • Breastfeeding should not hurt
  • Breast feed often in the first week
  • Sleep when baby sleeps
  • Feeding patterns vary during the day
  • Babies feed more often at night, this is normal behaviour and is very important to build up and maintain your milk supply
  • After the first week expect 5 to 6 wet nappies a day and at least one dirty nappy (but dont fret if a day passes without a dirty nappy)
  • Look out for the signs of a good latch: no nipple pain, audible swallows, rounded cheeks, no tongue clicking noise and nose and chin close to the breast
  • Visit the breast feeding support groups in your area
  • Accept any help from your friends and/or family