How often should I feed my baby?
Your baby has a tiny stomach (the size of a marble) so you need to feed him 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 him at first. Don’t worry, as he grows his stomach will grow so there will be longer gaps between feeds.
What if I haven’t got enough milk?
Almost everyone can make enough milk for their baby. The more your baby feeds, the more milk your body makes! You’ll know your baby is getting enough if he has plenty of wet nappies and is growing.
How can I find out how to breastfeed?
Ask your midwife if there is a local breastfeeding group you can go to when you’re pregnant. In some areas you can get linked up with another mum who has breastfed.
My partner wants to help with feeds.
It’s great that they want to help, but it’s better not to give your baby bottles of formula in the early weeks as that will make your body produce less breast milk. Your partner can help you breastfeed by looking after you – they could get you a glass of water or a snack while you feed your baby. There are lots of other things they can do to feel close to your baby (cuddling, bathing, dressing, nappy changing, carrying him in a sling).
When your baby’s about six weeks old you can hand express or use a pump and put the milk into a bottle. Then your partner can share some feeds or you can leave your baby with someone while you go out.
I'm finding breastfeeding difficult – where can I get help?
Some people find breastfeeding easy and some people need support to get the hang of it. If you have any problems, talk to your midwife.
You can also or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212
or NCT Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 330 0771
Expressing milk is a way of extracting milk from the breast, and this can be done by hand or by using a pump.
It’s really hard to stay cheerful if you’re being woken up every couple of hours every night. Try to remember that it won’t last too long.
Imagine what it’s like for your baby, doing everything for the first time.
Your questions about formula feeding answered.