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.