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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I nurse my baby? 

You should plan to nurse your baby eight to 12 times a day or every two to three hours. Unless your baby is down for the night, you should avoid letting him or her sleep through a feeding. If your baby naps for three hours or more, other than bedtime, wake him or her up for a feeding.

How do I know when my baby is hungry? 

Crying is one way that your baby will let you know that he or she is hungry. But you don’t have to wait until he or she cries. Babies will usually start smacking their lips, moving their heads from side-to-side in search of your breast or sucking their own fingers or hands when they are hungry. 

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? 

You can tell that your baby is getting enough milk by his or her diaper. You should expect to see one or two soiled diapers and at least two wet diapers during the first 24 hours. That number should double on the second and third day after birth. By day four and five, you can expect to see about five or six wet diapers and three to four soiled diapers per day.