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How many times per day should i breastfeed?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
8-12 times per day: During the first few weeks after your baby is born, he/she will need to feed very frequently. It is recommended to feed about every 2-3 hours initially, with a goal of 8-12 breastfeeding sessions per 24 hours. This will ensure your baby is getting adequate milk. As your baby's stomach is able to tolerate more milk, the feedings will be spread further and further apart.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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On demand: 8-12 times a day(which doesn't mean every 2-3 hours as is sometimes said), but many infants feed much more than that, since breastfeeding is so much more than food. If it seems that you are feeding all the time in those first few weeks, you may be and that can be perfectly normal if the baby is passing lots of stool. Enjoy the time with the baby. The feedings space out over time.

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