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How Long Can Newborns Go Without Feeding
You decide: Newborns get the majority of their feeding in the first 5-10 minutes of the feeding, and the rest of the time after that is just sucking/suckling time for pleasure and comfort. If you have time and nipples are not too sore, it's fie to let them do this a couple of times a day. If your nipples are very sore, or you are pressed for time, the 10 minutes is long enough to get the nutrition they need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Feeding: Every time anyone eats before the stomach empties starts the digestive process over again and your stomach never gets a break. Your baby needs to go at least 90 minutes between feedings so his/her stomach can empty before filling it up again. This will help with digestion and having your baby on a schedule is better for you and your child. . ...Read more
How long should a newborn be awake afrer feeding and diaper chsnge? My month old only sleeps approx 2-3 hours during the day. Thanks!
How long does breast milk jaundice last in newborn babies, my baby is 1 month old she is active feeds well but still have yellowish face?
My new born has jaundice, she is normal feeding well how long will her eyes remain yellowish she is 22 days now?
Wide range of normal: There is a wide range of normal feeding times, but babies at this age should certainly go no longer than 4 hours between feedings. Most feed every 2-3 hours. The key is that your baby is having 4-6 wet diapers per day which suggests that they are well hydrated. I would discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read more
On Demand Is Best: Most pediatricians believe in the "demand schedule", which means feeding your newborn when she is hungry. Of course, this also means you do not have to wake her at night for feedings. There are always exceptions, and if your pediatrician feels your baby needs to be fed more frequently for any reason, follow their recommendation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Changes rapidly: This amount changes rapidly over the first few weeks of life. The first day, for example, the baby may only take a half ounce at a time, but increase to 1.5 ounces over the next several days. Check with your pediatrician to weigh the baby to see how well he/she is growing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Newborns are wired to suckle 24/7 as a reflex. Try not to confuse the reflex with hunger. Hunger is a learned feeling, a desire to feel better if an emty stomach sends the message. If baby has just eaten, the stomach is not sending that message, but baby may accept a feed for comfort if offered. Breast fed stomachs can empty every 2 hours, formula taked longer. Newborns grow fast and eat often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Create a pattern: I find babies feed the best after a good nap, you can then change & play with them for a time before they tire, then rest them for two hours & do it again.Do this all day to get in ~ 7 feeds, then put them down at 11 or so & let them get you up once in the night. Feed/change &settle them again, & start the day over.This works out to about every 3h in day & 4-6 at night. ...Read more
It depends : Newborn are only being fed with milk so it depends on whether you are breast feeding or formula feeding formula fed babies usually feed every three or four hours during the day and once or twice during night..Many newborn need 8 to 12 feedings a day breast fed babies can also be fed on demand till milk production is plenty, than they can be on a schedule if possible untill you start with stage one. ...Read more
The nany state: Breast feeding was shunned at one point in the past when docs feared baby would get terrible staph infections from skin exposures.We had an era were baby bottles/sterilizers were the norm.We have come full circle & returned to the great benefits of breast feeding &hospitals now get better ratings if more new moms breast feed.That said, moms need to survive the experience using whatever works. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Babys will have their eyes closed even during feedings, that will pass quickly. Make sure your pediatrician or obstetrician feels the same. ...Read more
Breastfeed on demand: If you are breastfeeding your newborn, he will want to eat very often, every 1-2hrs, until your milk comes in. After that, he will be be able to wait 2-4h. A formula fed child will eat every 2-4hrs. The amount a baby takes increases with age, from about 1 oz (30 ml) per feed at birth to about 3-4 oz per feed at 4 weeks. You should be checking your baby pees with each diaper and poops 4-7 times/day. ...Read more
My newborn sleeps for 5 hour incraments consistantly if we don't wake her to feed her... is that normal? Should II be worried?
Newborns : Sleep 18 hours in the beginning & are awake only 6 hours. Most will wake up like clockwork every three hours for a feeding, others every 4-5 hours & a very small percentage 6-8 hours! As long as your baby is taking adequate amount for growth, you should not worry. U can wake ur baby up every three hours during the day to feed & let her sleep thru the night for 8 hours-uninterrupted so can you! ...Read more
About 1 oz an hour: From birth to 6 months, newborns take in about one ounce per hour of day. So if you're feeding every 3-4 hours, about 3-4 ounces is appropriate. Each baby is different, however, so as long as they are gaining weight on a normal curve, they should be fine. Find more info here: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ Best wishes and congrats on your newborn! ...Read more
Newborn lost weight. Hes 8.6lbs from 8.15 in 10 days. Dr says feed every 3 hrs. Why so often?Should i just go straight formula
Being a mom: No. You are doing just fine. Your doctor is right. This recommendation is not extreme, abnormal, or 'too often'. ...Read more
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