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Demand or 'baby led' feeding is recommended unless there is a medical complication. It is important to have baby nearby so that the early feeding cues can be recognised. Always ensure that baby's nappy is clean and dry before and after feeding.
Sometimes baby will feed frequently then have a longer sleep than usual before waking to feed again. Don't be alarmed! Always look at the big picture - over a twenty-four hour period, before becoming concerned that baby is either feeding too often or not often enough. Babies feed about eleven times a day during the first six months. That is almost every two hours!
Eye movement under closed eyelids
Fingers around mouth and face
Turning head and searching from side to side
Sucking on fists
Sucking on bedclothes
Once the 'late cue' stage is reached it will be necessary to sooth baby before offering the breast. Cuddling and skin-to-skin should prove calming.