Newborn Breastfeeding FAQs

How long should I breast feed my baby?

This is an individual decision but WHO/UNICEF recommends that babies should be exclusively ( no water, juice, solids) breastfed for the first 6 months of life, then introduce solid foods and continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years of age and beyond.


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Should I give my baby water?

Your breastfed baby does not need anything but your milk. Breast milk has enough water for your baby’s needs even in hot climates. If your baby is thirsty or hungry he/she will feed more often.


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Breastfeeding is so tiring- when will my baby breastfeed less frequently?

Having a baby is tiring whether you breastfeed or not. It is important to get help after having a baby. As your baby grows he will sleep for longer periods.


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Do I have to drink milk when I am breastfeeding?

No, drinking milk does not help you to make milk.

Milk and anything with dairy e.g pizza, cheese, ice cream, chocolate may cause your baby to have colic.


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Will my breasts sag if I breastfeed?

No. Pregnancy changes the shape of your body and then there is gravity! But you should wear a good supporting bra without underwire.


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My baby feeds every 1-2 hours. Do I have enough milk?

Feeding frequently is normal for a breastfed baby as their stomachs are very small. At birth their stomachs are the size of a marble, then a walnut and ping pong ball and as breast milk is digested very easily babies take a little at a time, digest it quickly and come for more. The more a baby feeds the more milk you make.


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My baby’s stool is watery and mustard coloured-is this normal?

Yes. Your baby’s stool for about the first five days is called meconium. This is very dark and sticky but gradually becomes watery, mustard coloured and may be frequent.


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Can I breastfeed if I am sick?

Except in exceptional circumstances, you should continue to breastfeed. You will be making antibodies which pass through the milk and will help to build immunity and lessen your baby’s chance of being sick.


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How will I know if my baby is getting enough?

Your full term normal baby should breastfeed 10-12 times in a 24 hour period- pass urine, poop and put on weight.

Your baby should be seen at a Health Centre, Midwife, Lactation Consultant or Doctor to make sure that your baby is thriving.


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When does my milk come?

The first milk is called colostrum (liquid gold). It is a laxative and rich in antibodies. Your milk will come within a few days of birth- the more you breastfeed, the quicker your milk will come in.


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