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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I nurse my baby?

You should expect to nurse your baby 8 to 12 times a day or about every two to three hours.

Q: Should I wake my baby up to feed?

Sometimes. If your baby naps for three or more hours in the daytime, wake him or her up for a feeding. But if your baby is asleep for the night, it’s OK to let him or her sleep through a feeding.

Q: How do I know when my baby is hungry?

Your baby will cry when he or she is hungry. Other signs that a baby is hungry are smacking their lips, moving their head from side-to-side in search of your breast and sucking their own fingers or hands.

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

Check your baby’s diaper. By the time your baby is 5 days old, you should expect five or six wet diapers and three to four soiled diapers per day.

Q: What can I do if I get sore nipples?

If your nipples are sore, make sure your baby takes your breasts properly when feeding. Rub a small amount of milk on your nipples after each feeding and let them air dry. Use warm water, without soap, when washing your breasts.

Q: What if I experience a clogged milk duct?

You can relieve the discomfort from baby, changing position, gently rubbing or massaging the lump, taking a warm shower or wearing a good-fitting nursing bra.