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Breastfeeding is a skill that gets better with practice. Breastfeed your baby whenever he or she is hungry. In the first 2 weeks, your baby will feed about every 1 to 3 hours. That often works out to about 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to breastfeed. It shows just one position that you can use for breastfeeding.
Talk to your doctor, midwife, public health nurse, or lactation consultant if you are having trouble getting your baby to latch on.
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Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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