Dove - posted on 11/06/2014
As often as baby wants. Some babies adapt very easily to a 3 hour feeding schedule right from birth... and some babies are nursing multiple times in an hour still at a year old...
Take your baby's cues and you will figure it out. If baby is a newborn and one that is sleepy and not as interested in waking and eating... I would make sure and not go longer than 3 hours during the day and 4 hours during the night w/out waking and feeding... but otherwise... trust your baby and trust your body.
Jocelyn - posted on 11/06/2014
Hi Tiffany, your going to breast feeding every 2 hrs.... Breast milk is very thin and your baby be a greedy baby no shade breast fed babies are just greedy... Mine was just like that but your baby will be very healthy.... That is the best thing about breast feeding...
Sarah - posted on 11/06/2014
Sarah H. is correct, feed on demand. You may feel like that is all you do for awhile but you will develop a routine and a good instinct of when your baby is hungry. Newborns should be fed a minimum of ten minutes on each breast, try to keep baby awake by tapping his feet or rubbing his back. This will help you get a good milk supply going. As opposed to baby nursing for five minutes and dozing off and then waking to eat again in 30 minutes. Feeding schedule is from start of feeding to start of feeding. So, if baby starts at 8, nurses for thirty minutes, he may need to feed again as soon as 9:15 or 9:30. Generally baby can go 90 minutes from start to start. Sometimes there will be long stretches, maybe 2-4 hours. Also, many newborns "cluster feed" in the evening time. This is the time of day when your milk may be a little depleted and baby will want to feed, feed, feed. Just go with it, it only last a day or two usually. Your milk supply will respond and he will go back to less frequent nursing.
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