What should I expect when my baby is six weeks old?
By six weeks, feeds become shorter and more variable, about 10 to 15 minutes per side. Mothers with a large milk supply may find that their babies breastfeed a little more often, faster, and are less likely to take the second side. Babies become more effective at feeding and consume more milk, which may result in choking or tummy pain. They will start being interested in what is happening around them during breastfeeding and will let go of the breast to have a look. They spend more time awake and will occasionally need to be breastfed to sleep. Some babies have an evening fussy period, often followed by a five-hour sleep. Because of the evening fussies and decreasing breast fullness, some mothers mistakenly think their milk supply is decreasing at this stage and needlessly start to supplement their babies.