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It is important to empty at least one breast per feeding. The baby needs the cream or fat to develop his or her brain and peripheral nervous system. The cream is also necessary for proper weight gain and growth. Alternating the breast used to feed first will empty the cream from each breast at least every other feeding.

Nursing Patterns

Suck/Swallow

Watch your baby’s suck/swallow patterns as they change though the feeding. At the beginning of the feeding, the suck is strong, without rests or pauses. After letdown gulping and loud swallowing is noticed.

As the feeding progresses, the suck/swallow pattern relaxes. So may the baby’s latch. There may be pauses between several suck/swallow patterns.

As the pauses lengthen, the latch loosens. At this point, you may find it useful to break the suction, burp and wake the baby. Then bring the baby back to the breast to ensure the baby has emptied the breast well. Remember, demand equals supply in milk production. Your baby’s sucking will provide the breast with the

milk supply.

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