How to Get Breastfeeding Established

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How to Get Breastfeeding Established

Your milk usually takes 2 to 3 days to come in, and babies usually regain their birth weight by 10 to 14 days.

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Your milk usually takes 2 to 3 days to come in, and babies usually regain their birth weight by 10 to 14 days.

Wet nappies should start to become more frequent, with at least 6 every 24 hours from day 5 onwards.

At the beginning, your baby will pass a black tar-like stool (poo) called meconium. By day 3, this should be changing to a lighter, runnier, greenish stool that is easier to clean up. From day 4 and for the first few weeks, your baby should pass at least 2 yellow stools every day.

Your breasts and nipples should not be sore. If they are, ask for help.

Find out about the free lactation consultant service through PlunketLine

Check SmartStart to find breastfeeding support services in your area

Check KidsHealth's breastfeeding section

Check KidsHealth's infant nutrition section

This page last reviewed 02 June 2013.

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