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how often should a newborn eat?

everything i read says a newborn should not go more than 4 hours without nursing. my baby was eating every 2-3 hours but the last couple days she has started going 4-6 hours without wanting to nurse if i wake her to try to get her to eat she'll gets extremley upset. the other new thing with her is that the last 3 days she wakes up from a good nap and becomes hysterical where we can't console her at all then it passes after about 30-60 minutes and she falls asleep. what is this??

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Asked by modestomommy at 1:02 PM on Apr. 8, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 2-3 hrs is the norm... but it can vary from baby to baby & from day to day. As long as she's gaining weight at a steady rate, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    You don't want to go that long between emtyping your breasts, though, or you'll start to dry up... so be sure to pump between feedings if necessary.

    As for the waking up screaming.... not sure. Could be gas, but that's usually not an issue with nursing babies (more of a formula issue). I'd suggest trying Mylecon and doing all the little things to try to get gas moving... see if that helps. If it continues, bring it up with her Dr.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 1:07 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • Every 2-3 hours

    Answer by NicholeAT at 1:09 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • Feed on demand.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:18 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

  • Feed on demand. She may cluster feed, going a longer stretch between some feedings and then feeding a few times in a couple of hours. She should nurse a minimum of 8-12 times in 24 hours. As long as she is showing signs of getting enough milk, you do not need to wake her to feed. See "Is my baby getting enough milk" at

    Do not pump between feedings, this can lead to an oversupply of milk. In most cases it is best to nurse exclusively (no pumping, no bottles) for the first 3-6 weeks.


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:10 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

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