How often should I nurse my baby?
Real Mom Problem
“I have a six-week-old boy who is nursing every two hours during the day, then going a four- to six-hour stretch during the evening (he goes to bed around 8:00), and then back to every two hours again after his midnight or 1:00 am feeding. Does this seem normal for a breastfed baby?”
- 1. Nurse on demand to establish your supply, satisfy baby, and establish a good nursing relationship
- 2. Look for baby's hunger cues to know when to offer the breast
- 3. Do not be concerned about over-feeding a newborn baby
- 4. Watch baby's diapers instead of the clock to ascertain if baby is eating often enough
Real Mom Solutions
Experts advise feeding 8 to 12 times a day, but if you're nursing a newborn, you may feel like your baby is attached to your breast 24/7. Find out from these moms how often you should nurse, why it's best to nurse on demand, and more.
Nurse on Demand
There's no such thing as over-feeding a baby from the breast!! Always nurse on demand, mama!
I nurse on demand... She looks hungry? I offer. She looks at me funny? I offer. She whines? I offer. She farts? I offer. She gets it offered more than she takes it, but she is a very contented baby. She knows mommy will always be there for her.
The best is nursing on demand. Babies digest their milk very quickly. My daughter is six and a half months and still nurses every hour. She eats till she's satisfied.
The best way to avoid future weight problems is to feed babies naturally, on demand. When they get to control their intake, they develop a very keen sense of what it feels like to be full and when they need to stop eating.
Don't Worry About Frequency
My son is 11 days old and if I time or count feedings, I get very stressed. I set out six diapers at midnight and as long as he uses all of them I know he is doing great. He usually uses many more though.
Unless there is a drop in diaper output or there is jaundice, you don't need to worry about nursing frequency. My now one year-old daughter had jaundice, and we woke her up every two hours to nurse day and night.
The 8-12 times a day is just a guideline so that parents don't end up underfeeding their child. If baby is putting out the appropriate amount of diapers, then follow baby's lead.