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As your child gets older how do their eating needs change?

My daughter is 3 weeks old and I am breastfeeding. She eats approx. every 3 hours... I'm just wondering - as she grows will she continue to breastfeed every 3 hours? Or will my body make more milk so that she won't have to eat quite so often? First time Mom just wondering what to expect!! Thanks :)

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Asked by stepmom929 at 10:58 AM on Jun. 15, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • As she grows, so will her stomach. It will be able to hold more, so she won't have to nurse as often, but she may nurse longer at a time. And then around 4-6 months, depending on what you and your doctors decide, you can start on solids. When that starts, nursing will still be her primary source of nutrition, but the solids can provide some "filler". Around 2 and 4 months, you will really be tested. She will hit a growth spurt, and it will seem like all you are doing is nursing. But after those growth spurts pass, she will level out again and you will be able to get a break.

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 11:12 AM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Three hours between feedings is a long time for a breastfed baby. It is likely that there will be times when your baby will need to nurse more, or less often. The best thing that you can do is to feed your baby when she is hungry and let her stop when she is full. If she goes longer than 4hrs. between feedings during the day, then offer to nurse but otherwise babies are usually really good about knowing when and how much they need. Growth spurts (where you baby may want to nurse constantly and sleep a lot) occur at about 6 weeks, and then again at around 3 to 4 months.


    Answer by sarahmae3 at 12:45 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

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