What is the range of "normal" in breastfeeding?

Through her work, Dr Jacqueline Kent (University of Western Australia) has succeeded in redefining the boundaries for ‘normal’ breastfeeding. There is a wide range of ‘normal’ when it comes to exclusive breastfeeding with respect to how long infants feed, how long each breastfeeding session takes, and how much milk the infant takes in each breastfeeding session.

As each adult is different, so is each baby. As infants grow from 1 to 3 months, they take fewer, faster, larger breastfeeds, but interestingly, the amount they take for a whole day stays consistent up to 6 months. One of the key outcomes of this research is the impact on the mother; measuring breastfeeding patterns helps reassure parents that their breastfeeding behaviour is normal, and can maintain or improve the confidence of breastfeeding mothers.

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