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Breastfeeding assessment tool

This guide has been created to help you understand when breastfeeding is going well and when you might want to talk to a professionals.

Allow breastfeeding to become established before you consider introducing a dummy and/or formula or expressing with a pump. Being responsive to your baby’s need to breastfeed for food, drink, comfort and security will ensure you have a good milk supply, and a secure and happy baby.

 

At feeding time

  • Your baby has 8 feeds or more in 24 hours.
  • Your baby is feeding for between 5 and 40 minutes at each feed.
  • Your baby comes off the breast spontaneously or is offered the second breast if still showing signs to feed.

Your baby

  • Your baby has normal skin colour and is alert and waking for feeds.
  • Your baby is generally calm and relaxed whilst feeding and is content after most feeds.

 

Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding is comfortable.
  • When your baby is 3-4 days old and beyond you should notice a sucking rhythm, with pauses for swallowing.

 

Dirty nappies

  • Your baby has wet and dirty nappies (see chart below).
Infant feeding Nappy Graphic

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What are urates?

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Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**


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