Painful nipple trauma, breast engorgement and early mastitis may be avoided if the first breastfeed and first 72 hours are uninterrupted and carefully observed.
After the first uninterrupted breastfeed, it's not uncommon for a baby to sleep for 6 hours or sometimes more.
In today's fast paced world, this time is often interrupted and the baby is woken
After waking from this first sleep, it's really important that the baby feeds frequently from both breasts to increase milk volume and to prevent breast engorgement and/or early mastitis. Equally important during this time is for the baby to be cradled and symmetrical at the breast to prevent painful nipple trauma.
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As the volume of milk increases over these 72 hours, you will notice your baby’s behaviour start to change, such as:
More frequent swallowing
An increasing volume of urine
An increasing volume and change in colour and consistency of poos (stools)
At this stage (once you feel your milk volume has peaked), it's wise to continue feeding your baby from both breasts each feed, with a rest and digest period after the first breast. Although there is no set timeframe, the average breastfeed for a newborn and young baby may take around 1 hour, which includes the rest and digest period and nappy change.
Every mother deserves the right to breastfeed her baby. The Thompson Method is a gentle approach to breastfeeding.
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