Your baby will want to feed a lot, both during the day and at night. Feeding your baby often will help satisfy your baby and help you increase your milk supply.
Cues that your baby wants to feed include:
- moving their head from side to side;
- smacking their lips;
- putting their hand to their mouth; and
Babies tend to feed 8 or more times in 24 hours (day and night). At night, let your baby wake up on their own to feed. If your baby sleeps longer than 3 to 4 hours, put your baby skin-to-skin to encourage your baby to feed.
Signs your baby is feeding well include:
- you can see and hear swallowing as your baby feeds;
- your breasts are full before feedings and soft after feedings; and
- your nipples are not cracked or bleeding.
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Breastmilk is all the food or drink your baby needs for the first six months. Your breastfed baby does need a vitamin D supplement to help grow strong bones and teeth.
For babies who do need a vitamin D supplement, this comes in liquid form and is given daily with a dropper. Your baby needs 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D every day.
Talk to your community nurse or health care provider if you have questions about breastfeeding or vitamin D supplements.
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