Are you a new mom asking yourself questions like “how often should a newborn eat?” or “is my baby getting enough milk?” These certainly were the questions I asked myself when I had a new baby in the house. Learning to breastfeed takes a lot of practice. There’s latching on, burping, how to hold the baby while nursing. Yet one other key element to getting the hang of breastfeeding in my view is learning how to discern when your baby is DONE eating. For me, this became key, especially when I had other kids in the house and needed to squeeze in something else I needed to do. I also needed to give my weary nipples a break! No joke. Those poor things are suddenly being sucked on for up to eight hours a day (but who’s keeping track). Today’s video addresses how to pinpoint those sings that your baby is full (yes, mamas, it will happen) and ready to take a break from feeding. Amen.
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A lot of breastfeeding is about decoding the noises your baby is making when on your breast. Is he or she actually sucking and swallowing the milk, or just comfort nursing? If it’s the latter, carefully break the suction by dipping your pinkie finger in some cold water and letting your baby suck on that instead for a bit. After burping your baby, gauge her interest in feeding again. Watch for more on how to figure out when your baby is finished nursing, plus on what to do if your baby starts getting fussy after your feedings and how to get them on a baby feeding schedulein between nap times! Thanks for watching!