Expect to feed your baby about 8 to 12 times per day.
This may take about 20 minutes on the first breast. Typically, a baby will breastfeed for a shorter period at the second breast. Sometimes he may not want to feed on the second breast at all. Simply offer the second breast first at the next feeding.
Babies that guzzle their food nonstop may finish in 10 to 15 minutes.
Babies who prefer to savor their meals often take 20 to 35 minutes on the first breast. These babies tend to take a few several-
minute breaks between "courses" and they may appear to be sleeping. You can use breast compressions, pushing your thumb from the top of your breast down toward the baby's mouth, to push milk into baby's mouth to remind him to suck and swallow. Whichever type of feeder your baby is, it is important to let him choose when to let go of the breast. This self-detachment will increase the amount of fatty hindmilk your baby takes in.
Your baby should continue to have six or more wet diapers and four or more loose seedy, yellow stools every day.
He should gain at least 1/2 ounce per day, and regain birth weight by 2 weeks. If you have concerns about whether your baby is gaining enough weight, ask your doctor to check your baby's weight.
Let your baby set the pace for breastfeeding.
Pay attention to her feeding cues. The number of feedings each baby needs and the length of time each feeding lasts will vary from baby to baby. Trying to force a breastfed baby to wait longer between feedings, or fit a particular feeding schedule, can result in poor weight gain and decreased milk supply.
Talk to your pediatrician about vitamins or minerals that your baby may need as a breastfeeding baby.