How to tell when your baby’s hungry
Your baby will tell you they're hungry by using their body. They may:
- stir and wriggle
- turn their head from side to side
- open their mouth
- lick their lips
- suck their fingers
- start crying.
How often should I feed my baby?
Your baby has a tiny stomach (the size of a marble) so you need to feed them really often – probably every couple of hours at first, both day and night. It may feel like you’re doing almost nothing apart from feeding your baby at first. Don’t worry, as they grow their stomach will grow so there will be longer gaps between feeds.
Expressing milk is a way of extracting milk from the breast, and this can be done by hand or by using a pump.
Your questions about formula feeding answered.
Sometimes, for various reasons, mothers use formula rather than breastfeeding.
Your questions about breastfeeding answered.
Breast milk is a fantastic first food for your baby because it protects them from illness, which formula milk can’t do. It’s also so much easier in the middle of the night!