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Breastfeeding Daily Guides

Breastfeeding Daily Guides

The daily progress of mothers and infants after delivery

Progress of mothers and breastfeeding tips:

Observation and care of the infant V

  • Observe your babys behavior and feeding cues
  • Respond to babys needs
  • Provide comfort and feed accordingly

@Breastfeeding and frequenciesV

  • 1st 24 hours V At least 3 - 4 times
  • After 24 hours V
    • Feed responsively
    • Average 8 V 12 feeds a day
    • Your baby is suckling strongly, slowly, steadily and swallowing often

@Breasts conditions V

  • 1st 24 hours V Breasts soft, with small amount of colostrum.
  • 24 V 48 hours -- Breasts soft, with some colostrum.
  • Day 3 V Day 4 V Breasts feel fuller, with milk come in.
  • Day 4 V Day 10 onwards V Breasts fuller, with milk flowing more smoothly and the breasts soften after feeding.

Progress of infants:

@Behaviours V

  • 1st 24 hours V Sometimes sleepy and like attaching to their mothers
  • 24 V 48 hours V Have more suckling needs
  • Day 3 V Day 10 onwards V
    • Need to be fed frequently
    • Active and easily wake up

@Tummy sizes and capacities --

  • 1st 24 hours V 48 hours V Size of a marble; capacity 5 V 7 ml.
  • Day 3 V Day 4 V Size of a ping pong ball; capacity 22 V 27 ml.
  • Day 5 V Day 7 V Size of a golf ball; capacity 45 V 60 ml.
  • Day 10 onwards -- Size of an egg; capacity 60 V 81 ml.

@Wet nappies / Amount of urine (over 24 hours) V

  • 1st 24 hours V 48 hours -- At least 1 V 2 wet nappies
  • Day 3 V Day 4 V At least 3 V 4 wet nappies (heavier)
  • Day 5 V Day 10 onwards V At least 5 V 6 wet nappies and weighing about 3 tablespoons of water each. The urine should be clear and light yellowish.

@Soiled nappies / Colour of stool (over 24 hours) --

  • 1st 24 hours V 48 hours -- At least 1 V 2 soiled nappies, with black or green colour stool
  • Day 3 V Day 4 V At least 2 soiled nappies with brown, green or yellow colour stool
  • Day 5 V Day 10 onwards V At least 2 soiled nappies, with soft and seedy yellow stool

Body weight V

  • 1st 24 hours V Day 4 V Babies lose an average of 7% of their birth weights in the first 3 days but usually not exceeding 10%
  • Day 5 V Day 10 onwards V Babies weights will start regaining from the 5th day and should reach their own birth weight on the 14th day

* Please seek help from health professionals or Maternity and Child Health Centres early if you have any problem in breastfeeding or doubt with babys stool / urine / body weight. *

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