Ideally the baby’s breastfeed is within one hour of birth. Mothers should ensure that the baby is taking in enough milk, has not lost too much weight, and is not too sleepy.
Some babies are given non-medically necessary milk supplements by hospital staff or by the mother because of concern about the quality and quantity of colostrum or the mother’s health. Such supplements have many risks.
Table: Typical Breastfeeding Patterns at One Day of Age
1) Breastfeeding patterns
Mothers should breastfeed the baby whenever the baby shows hunger signs. If mothers have had a Caesarean birth , they can breastfeed as soon as they and the baby are ready. The baby’s first breastfeed is ideally within the first hour after birth.
Normal breastfeeding at this age occurs in three stages:
- “I’m starving.”
- “I really like this.”
- “I’m done.”
The “I’m starving” phase is short until the milk comes in. At this age, babies spend most of their time in the “I really like this” phase instead.
Babies take in a small amount of colostrum in the first 24 hours as the baby’s stomach adjusts to feeding.
3) Behaviour at the breast
The baby should be able to latch and suck to satisfy hunger. The baby should only let go of the breast for normal reasons.
Some babies won’t let go of the breast at the end of the breastfeeding session. Mothers should take the baby off the breast if the baby is not actively sucking or if more than 20 minutes have passed since the start of the feed.
Offer the other breast once the baby shows hunger signs; this is usually within 10 minutes.
They are often asleep after breastfeeding.