Preparing for Parenthood
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It can take a while to understand your baby's needs and settle into a feeding routine. Here’s some things to consider:
The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk your body produces
It is normal for babies to be fed up to 8-12 times a day
Your baby gives you signs that they might be hungry by opening their mouth, turning their head, sucking their hands and crying
Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable at first but it shouldn’t hurt so seek out help if it’s hurting you
Always follow the instructions when making up formula for your baby
Try breastfeeding as the first option or combine in a bottle if giving formula
Bottles can be used for breastmilk, formula and water - don’t add anything else to bottles
While it’s important for baby to feed, try not to force your baby to finish the bottle if they seem full
It is possible to overfeed your baby when bottle feeding but paying attention to their signs of fullness will guide you on when is enough
Regardless of the amount or how it is given, any breastmilk you can give your baby is good for them
If your're thinking about changing your baby's feeding routine, here are some facts that might help you decide:
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