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  • Breastfed babies need to nurse every 2 - 3 hours (a minimum of 8 times in 24 hours). At least one of these feedings should occur during the night.
  • You should wake your baby if he/she sleeps longer than 4 hours.
  • Your baby should nurse for 15 - 20 minutes on at least one breast at every feeding. Signs of successful breastfeeding are a good latch, strong suck and swallow you can hear.
  • The number of wet diapers and bowel movements will increase with each day as breastfeeding is established.

Additional Information

Important numbers:

  • The Chester County Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): 610.431.5394
  • The Chester County Hospital Lactation Consultants: 610.738.2582

Support in Lactation and Kangaroo Care (SILK) Information:

Last Updated: 12/27/2013