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Feed Early –

* Within half hour of birth, in the Labour Ward
* First feed lasts for 10-20 minutes. First day baby feeds 5-6 times a day

Feed Frequently

* Room in with baby while in Hospital
* From 2nd day, baby feeds about 1.5 to 2 hourly
* Baby feeds about 10-12 times per 24 hours
* Each feed lasts for 20 to 40 minutes or more
* No limit to duration or frequency of feeds to satisfy suckling needs
* No need to time the baby and feed whenever baby is hungry
* At night feed 2 hourly before 12 midnight, then at 2-3 am and again at 5-6am. Good to co-sleep in the same bed with baby.

Feed Properly

* Hold baby at breast level, lying on his side, chest to chest
* Stimulate the rooting reflex with nipple touching baby’s lips
* Quickly bring baby to breast when his mouth opens wide
* Baby latches on properly and prevents sore nipples, when the nipple and much of the areola are in the baby’s mouth
* Allowing suckling till baby sleeps and lets go of the nipple himself
* Do not pull the baby off the nipple when he is still latched on
* When off the nipple, and baby cries, put him back on the same breast
* Allow him to complete one feed on one breast
* Feed on the other breast at the next feed, 1-2 hours later
* Colostrum is more than enough for baby till Mature Milk comes in
* No need to give water, glucose or formula milk
* Avoid bottles and pacifiers and other artificial nipples as these cause nipple confusion, and breast rejection