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How often should I breastfeed?

I just had a baby boy on march.19th and its my first baby and i pick to breastfeed since probley a good way to save money but not sure how often i gonna have to feed my baby like how times a day.

 
Cherry_Carey

Asked by Cherry_Carey at 11:34 PM on Mar. 21, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I feed on demand. DS is only 10 days old. He eats every 2-4 hours and for about 20 min at a time. As long as your LO is wetting at least 6 diapers a day, they are getting enough. Your LO should also gain back any weight they lost after birth at their two week check-up.
    MotherofIreland

    Answer by MotherofIreland at 12:14 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Every two to six hours depending on your baby. Some are sooner, some later. And nursing usually takes an hour.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Mar. 21, 2010

  • Right now let your baby nurse whenever he wants. He might want to "cluster feed" sometimes, which means he'll want to latch on every few minutes. Don't worry. If he's full term and healthy, you can let him sleep as long as he wants at night, but if he's early or underweight, you might want to make sure he feeds every few hours until he's doubled his weight. I am a fan of a flexible three-hour schedule after about the first three weeks, but not everyone does that. Ultimately, there is so much information you should do some reading, talk to your doctor, and I would even recommend a breastfeeding consultation. Good for you for giving your baby the BEST!
    Adelicious

    Answer by Adelicious at 11:41 PM on Mar. 21, 2010

  • ok i cant edit the question so let u know i had my baby was born 9 days before my due date and hes 6 ponds and 7oz
    Cherry_Carey

    Answer by Cherry_Carey at 11:51 PM on Mar. 21, 2010

  • I did not try to get on a schedule. I breast fed on demand which is what my midwives reccommended. It hurts at first, but after a few weeks, you'll find it doesn't just save money, it's easier than dealing with bottles and sooooo bonding. Good luck.
    mandelion8

    Answer by mandelion8 at 12:20 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Breastfeed your baby whenever he wants to eat. The first several weeks you may do nothing but breastfeed, but after a few weeks your supply will get regulated and the baby will get into his own routine. for now, just follow his lead.
    mnt_2_b_mommy

    Answer by mnt_2_b_mommy at 12:29 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • 'i had my baby boy on the 11th and right now he eats every 45minutes - 2.5 hours. I am feeding on demand and it seem like thatts all I do. congrats on baby
    staciaw

    Answer by staciaw at 2:51 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • My daughter had jaundice and was on bili-lights at home for the first five days she was home. Jaundice makes them really sleepy so I would wake her to eat every 1.5 hours during the day and then every 2 hours at night. Once she got off the bili-lights then I fed on demand. She would eat about every 2 hours, sometimes less, sometimes longer. She would eat for about 40 minutes. Now at 7 months she eats anywhere from every hour to three hours with every two hours being about average and 10 minutes at a time, but she goes 8 hours at night without waking to eat. The first few weeks are rough. It definitely seems like all they do is eat, but it gets better.
    Christina807

    Answer by Christina807 at 9:50 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • On demand. No matter how often, no matter how long. Toss your clocks. Count dipes. 6-8 per day means baby is getting enough.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:24 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

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