Newborn always attached to the breast. How to behave?

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Sometimes it seems to some new mothers that the baby is always latching on to the breast. This is normal and healthy, and is a positive growth factor. However, it can often be burdensome for women to manage frequent feedings. How to behave? Here is a discussion and advice. 

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  • Newborn attached to the breast, the first months of life
  • Why does he always want to be attached to the breast?
  • Baby always attached to the breast, how to behave

Newborn always attached to the breast, the first months of life

In the first days after birth, infants tend to take milk constantly and this is normal and healthy. It is estimated that they reach the frequency of approximately 12 feedings every 24 hours and that they drink very small quantities especially on the first and second day of life.

In particular, on the first day of life most babies only take a teaspoon of colostrum with each feeding. The amount is perfect for babies, not least because their tummy can only hold about 7 milliliters per feed and is the size of a cherry.

From the second day, the new mother begins to produce a little more colostrum and this gradual daily increase in milk stretches the baby's tummy, allowing them to drink more. The colostrum, at this stage, it is not full of fat: this means that the child must always feed very often to feel full.

The more the baby eats, the more milk the new mother's breast produces in the first month. In fact, from the third day of life you will notice that the baby has longer sleep periods ranging from 1,5 to 3 hours.

To be sure that babies are getting enough milk, you need to check that during the first month they feed 8-12 times every 24 hours.

After the first month, according to scientists, babies should have breast milk approximately 4 to 13 times every 24 hours. Despite this, most infants still feed around 10-11 feedings each day.

Breastfeeding is different for every newborn and this is perfectly normal. It depends not only on how the baby feels, but also on the levels of fat in the breast milk and the amount of milk the breast contains at each feed.

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Why does he always want to be attached to the breast?

Most babies always look for breasts because they feel breastfeeding as a very relaxing action: A short extra feed often calms a little upset babies immediately.

As anticipated, each infant has its own "breastfeeding pattern". And it is therefore better that new mothers do not force the baby to strict routines, because this can cause tears and stress for both of them.

Plus, strict routines don't work for most kids. The main advice is to try to listen to the baby's cues, feeding him when he seems to ask. Just like adults, babies don't stick to the same "routine" every day.

Eventually, with great probability, he will give the signal that he is full and that at that particular moment he does not need to take breast milk.

But, in practice, how to behave if the baby wants to always be on the breast? 

Read also: Breastfeeding: your questions and the answers of the experts

Newborn always attached to the breast, how to behave

Here is a list of tips for new mothers struggling with babies who want to always be attached to the breast. 

  1. Make sure that breastfeeding in the first few months is always on demand. And don't be afraid to create an "addiction" or bad habits: soon the baby will stabilize, identifying, with your help, a feeding pattern.
  2. Don't forget that in the first few months it is normal for babies to want to feed often, for the reasons explained above (their belly is small and at the beginning the colostrum is produced by the mother in small quantities).
  3. Think that frequent breastfeeding is a positive growth factor for the baby: the more the baby is breastfed, the more breast milk increases. Feedings are a great way to get a new mother's milk supply to increase. 
  4. It is possible to experience discomfort or pain in the breast: if so formula milk supplements can be used. You don't necessarily have to feel bad. However, remember that breastfeeding is a transitory phase. 
  5. Try to find your relaxation areas and try to sleep more, asking someone to help you. Even if you don't feel like it, make sure you rest your body and brain. 


Ministry of Health

  • newborn 0-3 months
  • breastfeeding
  • breastfeed baby
  • breastfeeding duration and number of feedings
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