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First few weeks

Things should be getting easier by now but it’s always good to know what to expect at each stage.

Guidelines for mothers

Here is a useful infographic to show how often you should be feeding and what you can expect in the nappy department to let you know that your baby is getting enough.

Baby's routine

Establishing a routine should help make breastfeeding a little easier

Weight Gain

In the first few days it is normal for a baby to lose up to 7% of their birth weight. If your baby’s weight loss is over 7% your midwife or Public Health Nurse may want to closely monitor their feeding pattern and nappies.

Caring for mum

The first few weeks after giving birth can be very tiring, and if you had a Caesarean Section you will still be recovering. It’s important that Mums make time to eat well, drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as possible.

Help for breastfeeding challenges

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, but this doesn’t mean that Mums won’t experience a few challenges when breastfeeding. With the right help and advice you can make it through and continue breastfeeding for as long as you want to.