The intimate art of breastfeeding

Keys to successful breastfeeding

Feed as soon as possible after birth

Breast milk not only contains all the nutrients a baby needs for the first months, it also includes substances that protect your baby against illnesses.

Allow infant to feed as often and as long as he or she desires

Offer your breast at least every 2-3 hours, about 8-12 feedings in 24 hours.

Breastfeed at least 8 times a day

Breastfeeding at least 8 times a day will decrease the chance of excess weight loss and jaundice in your newborn.

Time feedings from the beginning of one feeding to the beginning of the next

Avoid introducing bottles for at least 4-6 weeks

Babies use their whole mouth when sucking at the breast. Some babies get confused if given both the breast and bottle since getting milk from the bottle is so much easier than from the breast.

Feed at least 15 minutes or more at the first breast every feeding

Letdown may take up to 5 minutes or more to occur from the time the infant starts sucking, so you should feed at least 15 minutes or more at the first breast every feeding. Feeding may take 30-40 minutes each time. The average for each breastfeeding session varies from 20-60 minutes.