Offer the other breast
when the first breast feels empty and the infant sucks more slowly, pulls off,
or loses interest. Usually the baby will continue breast-feeding, though
perhaps for less time than on the first breast.
Anytime you need to
remove your baby from the breast, put one finger into the corner of his or her
mouth and push your finger between your baby's gums to gently break the seal.
If you do not break the tight seal before you remove the baby from your breast,
your nipples can become sore, cracked, or bruised.
If your baby falls asleep
before finishing breast-feeding, you may need to stimulate him or her to finish
the feeding. After
a while, you will learn your baby's patterns and will know whether he or she
needs rousing or has fed long enough.
When your baby is satisfied, gently
pat his or her back to help him or her let out any swallowed air. After the
baby burps, offer the breast again. Sometimes a baby will want to continue
feeding after being burped.