Table: Typical Breastfeeding Patterns at Two Days of Age
1) Breastfeeding patterns
Mothers should ensure that their baby is breastfeeding well. Feeding frequently and well during the first few days helps the mother’s milk come in sooner.
If the mother has already had a baby, the milk may come in on Day 2 after birth and the feeding patterns will more closely resemble those of a baby on Day 4.
It is normal for babies to lose some weight during the first few days.
Babies who are at risk of poor feeds or whose mothers are at risk of a low milk supply should receive extra support and be closely monitored.
Babies who are sleepy and suck weakly or infrequently may be entering the sleep hunger cycle or may be sick. Such babies should be seen by their health-care provider as soon as possible.
The baby’s stomach is small. The amount of colostrum the baby takes in is increasing but still small.
3) Behaviour at the breast
Mothers should offer the breast when the baby shows hunger signs. 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.
Mothers should offer the other breast once the baby wakes and shows more hunger signs; this is usually within 10 minutes.
The baby should be content when awake and being held, and should be able to latch and suck when hungry. The baby should only let go of the breast for normal reasons.