How often should I breastfeed my baby?

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For newborns, on demand is the best. It will really get your supply going so you can feed, pump and store milk. If you 'need' a schedule, learn what time your baby wants to be on schedule and go from there. But, typically a newborn will need to eat every 1-3 hours when they are that young because their stomach's are TINY! Your BEST time to nurse or pump is between about midnight and 7 am because your prolactin is the highest. If you pump after feeding her, it will 'trick' your breasts into thinking she is going through a growing spurt and will produce more. Breast feeding is all about supply and demand. Good Luck with your very new little one!

Lexie - posted on 10/02/2009

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I'm very scheduled, and my daughter fed every 3 hours until she as 5 months old, when I switched her to every 3 1/2 hours (that is between the hours of 7am and 9pm - when she sleeps)

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Yep, I agree with Cori. Feed your baby when he/she is hungry. You can't overfeed a breastfed baby. My daughter is 5 months and I still feed her on demand. It will make for a much happier baby which makes a happier mommy :)

Cori - posted on 10/02/2009

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when my guy was brand new and little i let him nurse whenever and where ever he wanted... i figured if he wanted to nurse he needed it, either for hunger or comfort and both were fine with us... it kept my supply up and kept my baby healthy and big! all though at night time if he slept for more than 3 hours i would wake him up and make sure he ate at least that often.. i was real worried not only about how much my breasts hurt if he didnt eat that often but also about his well being and little tummy!! just take your cues from your baby but at the same time dont let them go much longer than 3ish hours between feeedings, at least not for the first 2 months or so!

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