Breaking the attachment and burping
If your baby hasn’t attached correctly, stop, take her off the breast and try attaching again.
If you need to take your baby off your breast to try attaching again, avoid pulling your baby away from your breast. Instead, break the suction by inserting your little finger into the corner of your baby’s mouth, between his gums, and gently remove him from the breast.
Your baby might need to burp after feeding from each breast. To do this, sit baby up or hold her to your shoulder and gently rub or pat her back.
Basic feeding routines and times
Newborns need to be fed 8-12 times every 24 hours. Once you’ve got the hang of it, most feeds take 20 minutes or so. But in the early days and weeks, they might take up to an hour.
As your baby grows, the time baby takes to feed will reduce, as will the number of feeds.
The basic routine often changes depending on the baby. Some babies might feed from one breast, need a break and a nappy change, then finish with the other breast. Other babies might have a nappy change first, then feed from both breasts. And others will feed from only one breast.
If you’re using baby-led attachment, you can gently encourage your baby to go to a particular breast. Or you can place your baby close to the breast and let him attach by himself from there.