How often do you breastfeed a newborn?

Janice - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 105 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 2 weeks old. How often should I breastfeed him? The nurse said to feed him every 2.5 to 3 hours? At night time, I can feed him every 3 hours since he sleep pretty well, however, during the day, especially in the morning, he seem very hungry and needs to be fed every hour. Should I wait for 2.5 hours before feed him or just feed him every hour? Please advise. Thanks.

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Minnie - posted on 10/15/2010

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The minimum, per the AAP, is 8-12 times in 24 hours. However, they also note in their policy statement that many babies will want to nurse 10-16 times or more.



Nursing on-cue is the best way to ensure adequate milk production and that your baby's physical and emotional needs are met. Milk storage capacity varies between women- some babies need to nurse more than once per hour.

Sarh - posted on 10/15/2010

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Feed him as often as he wants!! My son was the same way! Those feedings every hour in the mornings is called cluster feedings. It is completely normal and he is doing so because he is a good sleeper. Congrats on the new baby and having an awesome sleeper!

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2010

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If your baby is hungry, then feed him. :) Most babies don't fall into a 2-3 hour stretch until they are a couple months old, and have gone through their first couple of growth spurts.



Their bellies at this age are the size of a walnut, and fills up with milk quickly. Breastmilk is digested quickly, so he will need to refill often.



Congratulations on your new guy!

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You should feed him on demand, meaning as often as he wants. How often that is is different from baby to baby. Mine was literally attached to my breast for over four weeks! Feeding your baby often will build up your milk supply, so just trust his cues.

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