There are many reasons why a newborn may be reluctant to nurse. If your newborn is not latching on to the breast, is too sleepy to take his first feed or needs medical attention, you can ask your health care team to show you how to hand express and give your colostrum by teaspoon or syringe. Your baby may sleep for a few hours after this first feed — feel free to cuddle him and wake him if you want to feed. He may feed four to five more times in the first 24 hours. You can begin expressing colostrum within the first few hours after birth.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. It can take mums and babies up to six weeks to successfully establish breastfeeding. Once you've both got the hang of it, it's usually possible to offer your baby bottles of expressed milk or formula alongside breastfeeding. Introducing formula feeds will probably reduce the amount of breast milk you produce. Your baby also learns to use a different kind of suck at the bottle than at the breast. These things can make breastfeeding more difficult, especially in the first few weeks when you and your baby are still getting breastfeeding established. Combining breastfeeding with formula feeds is better for your baby than switching to only using formula.
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You may not be able to overfeed a baby at the breast, but it is possible to overfeed and overwhelm a baby with a bottle of breast milk. One theory suggests that this inability to self-regulate intake is related to a higher risk of overweight and obesity. Paced feeding allows babies more control over his or her intake of breastmilk by responding to their cues, and may also prevent post-feeding fussiness by reducing overfeeding. Since much of paced feeding also mimics feeding at the breast, it can also support the breastfeeding relationship and help babies transition back and forth from breast to bottle. Babies may be less likely to get accustomed to the fast flow of a bottle and reject the breast.