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Feeding your newborn

Did you know that newborns need to eat every 1-3 hours? Feeding your new baby can be demanding in those early days and weeks. Breastfeeding may need natural, but that does not mean it is easy!

Here are some tips on how to enjoy those frequent feeding times:

  1. Make eye contact- newborns can see between 6-12 inches away, perfect to see mom's face when they eat

  2. Talk or sing to the baby

  3. Let the baby take the lead during the feeding- look for hunger cues from baby

  4. Try different positions for breastfeeding- make sure that mom and baby are comfortable

  5. Skin to skin- close contact between parent and baby releases the hormone oxytocin (the "love" hormone) and increases relaxation

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