|Newborn breastfeeding pattern|
In the hospital we encourage moms to breastfeed every 2-3 hours to nourish baby and bring in a good future milk supply.
It’s math: 8-12 feeds in 24 hours (ideal) = nursing every 2-3 hours 📚📈
It’s a quick and easy way to get the message across that this baby needs to eat, and often.
Unfortunately, new parents seem think breastfeeding is going to be like the first picture (cereal)...all the feeds perfectly spaced out, and all the same size. Every 2-3 hours. Easy. And the baby will sleep like an angel in between....
THIS IS NOT REALITY. In reality, your sweet newborn baby will have good feeds, short feeds, sleepy feeds, crappy feeds, and everything in between!
The visual of the blueberries is amazing because it shows how realistically feedings are at all different times and different lengths (bigger blueberries). And did you count the berries?!? More than enough!
Yes, we want you to nurse every 2-3 hours, but baby calls the shots. Less watching the clock ⏰ and more watching for feeding cues. 👶🏻
• The Case for Cue Feeding: http://www.DrMomma.org/2010/01/case-for-cue-feeding.html
• Why African Babies Don't Cry: http://www.DrMomma.org/2010/09/why-african-babies-dont-cry.html
• Breastfeeding community: FB.com/groups/Breastfed
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