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What an appetite!
For the first few weeks, it will feel like all you do is nurse. Your newborn should breastfeed 8 to 12 times a day, for 15 to 45 minutes. This feeding frenzy helps to establish a good milk supply and prepare you for nourishing your baby’s early growth spurt: most infants double their birth weight somewhere around 4 to 6 months of age. How do you tell if baby is getting enough? Simple—check her diaper. If she wets 6 to 8 diapers every day after the first week of life, she’s eating enough. Steady weight gain is another positive sign. After losing up to 10% of their birth weight in the first week, newborns should start to gain about 25 grams a day until they reach 3 months.
There’s nothing like it
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Breastfeeding is like anything else you’ve never done before. Just keep at it, don’t be afraid to ask for help, stay positive, and remember that practice really does make perfect. Remind yourself that nursing is hard for many new Moms in the beginning, but that soon you’ll enjoy the intimacy and bonding. Plus, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re giving her the very best nutritional start.
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