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Feeding Your Two Month Old Baby

Breastfeeding is healthy for you and your baby. Here are some reasons why breastfeeding is best:

Each baby has her own feeding schedule. Some babies need to nurse more often than others do. In general, nursing babies need to be fed at least eight to 12 times in a 24-hour period. That means feedings every two to three hours. If your baby has not fed for several hours and then dozes off after only a few minutes of nursing, gently wake her to encourage her to continue nursing. Try to help your baby feed until your breasts are emptied of milk or at least 15 minutes from each breast.

If you have any questions or problems with breastfeeding, talk to your doctor, nurse or WIC breastfeeding counselor. To learn more about breastfeeding, you may call La Leche League at  1-800-LALECHE or visit their Web site at www.lalecheleague.org/.

Follow your baby’s lead. Babies tend to get as much milk as they need when you let them nurse when they want and for as long as they want. The more your baby nurses, the more milk you will produce. Your milk supply will keep up with your baby’s demand.

How do you know when your baby is hungry? Here are some hunger signs to be aware of:

Early hunger signs:

Late hunger signs:

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