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Breastfeeding one – three months

 

By one – three months the newborn fog will have lifted and for many women breastfeeding will become easier.

 

At this stage your baby will likely still be requiring six – ten feeds a day but this is all dependent on your supply and feeding style. There is a wide range of normal at this stage. Your baby will likely have better muscle tone so latching will be getting easier

 

Your baby’s weight gains will probably start to slow down a little from his previous rapid gain.

 

They also may not have many dirty nappies now; again there is a large range of normal. Some babies continued to have multiple dirty nappies a day and some one, once of twice a week.

 

At around six weeks your baby will likely have their second growth spurt, you may often notice at this point that your breasts stop feeling as hard and full between each feed. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that you're running out of milk or your supply isn’t keeping up, remember your body is simply becoming more efficient, and it is unfortunate that it often coincides with the 6 week growth spurt.  You may also notice that they are leaking less or not at all, again this is just your body adjusting.

 

You also may no longer feel your letdown reflex or the feeling may have diminished in strength. Remember that some mothers never feel letdown at all, but they can tell by watching their baby's pattern of suck and swallow when their letdown is occurring

 

Towards the end of this period you may notice that baby may now spend less time at each nursing session, this is because he/she has become more efficient at the breast and therefore requires less time to milk it effectively. Some babies may also only need to nurse one side per feeding, rather than both sides as they have done before. Always offer the second side but don't worry if your baby doesn't seem to want it or need it. You may also notice that they tend to need much less burping, as they get older. 

 

At about three months there's another growth spurt. Hang in there, your baby is simply trying to increase his/her appetite and get your supply to match their needs.  You will also notice that your baby is becoming more and more alert and there will be more interaction during feedings

Remember that as your baby grows, feeding will change. Babies move toward consuming more milk during each feeding, so they won't need to feed as often.