I am worried that I don't have enough milk because my baby wants to feed all the time. What is normal?
Many breastfeeding mothers worry that their babies are not getting enough milk.
It is important to ensure that your baby is positioned well and latched on effectively.
You can ask your midwife to help you with this if you are unsure.
A newborn baby has a tiny stomach and will feed little and often to cope with
this and to stimulate the breasts to produce milk. All babies are unique so
I can’t set time limits but my general advice is to be led by your baby,
letting them feed for as long as they want as often as they want. Your baby
will take themselves off the breast when they are satisfied. Though, you should
be aware, that there are a few cheeky babies who might suckle for comfort rather
than food. If your baby continuously suckles for hours on end, it could well
be a comfort suck!
In terms of feeding all the time, it is normal and in fact we expect to see
a change in the pattern of a baby’s feeding from day-to-day. Your baby
will feed more frequently for a while to build up their milk supply and this
frequency then settles as the milk supply increases. An example of this is the
increased demand for feeds coinciding with a growth spurt. The increased stimulation
of the breast produces the correct amount of milk to cope with your baby’s
growing needs. Don’t worry that you do not have enough milk, if your baby
is having plenty of wet and dirty nappies and they are settling between feeds,
this tells you they are getting as much as they require. You can’t go
far wrong if you follow your baby’s lead!