'How do I prevent sore nipples?': The answers to the breastfeeding questions new mothers ask Alexa

Mail Online | 8/3/2018 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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The answers to the top 10 breastfeeding questions new mothers ask Alexa have been revealed.

'How can I prevent sore nipples?' comes in third place, beaten by 'is my child getting enough milk?' at the top spot and 'why is my child crying?', according to figures released by Public Health England and Amazon.

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Previous findings suggest breastfeeding reduces a baby's risk of infections, obesity and cot death, however, many mothers struggle to get their infants to 'latch on' or find it difficult to wean their youngsters off their milk.

Around 81 per cent of mothers in the UK and 79 per cent in the US breastfeed at some point. The NHS recommends women exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of a newborn's life.

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This World Breastfeeding Week, experts from Public Health England have worked with Alexa to answer new mothers' nagging breastfeeding queries, find the answers below.

What are the answers to the most common breastfeeding questions?

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The top 10 questions, and their answers, in order are:

1. Is my child getting enough milk?

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If you’re comfortable while you’re breastfeeding, and your baby seems happy, and has wet and dirty nappies, you’re probably doing fine.

In the first 48 hours, they’re only likely to have two or three wet nappies. But from day five onwards, they should step it up to at least six a day.

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2. Why is my child crying?

Crying is the very last sign your baby needs feeding.

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So, try to look out for their feeding cues: waking, sucking their fingers and fists, moving their head or licking their lips and putting their tongue out.

3. How do I prevent sore nipples?

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The best way to prevent sore nipples is to ensure your baby is effectively attached so your baby is feeding effectively, without you experiencing pain.

If you use breast pads,...
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