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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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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
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 more
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. He's 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
Yes!: This is absolutely normal in newborns, especially with breast milk. ...Read more
Yes: Newborn is usually sleepy when his/her weight is still below the birth weight. Newborn begins to cry for hunger when he/she has regained his birth-weight, and your milk supply is well established. Once he/she is gaining weight steadily, and your milk supply is well established, you can let baby feeds on demand. ...Read more
Yes: Sleep intervals are driven initially by feeding schedules and need for restorative sleep. Babies who need a feed will generally wake for it. As they pass 8 or so pounds they can sleep longer between feeds and those approaching 10 lb may go all night without. As long as they are thriving and feeding well during the day, you rarely need to wake them. Premi's/those under 8 lb would be the exception. ...Read more
What's the normal amount of feeding of formula for a 2week 4day old newborn? I feed her 2.5 of formula. Am I feeding her too much?
Feeding Amounts: Feeding amounts will vary some based on the weight of your baby. Generally feeding amounts range from 3-4 oz every 3-4 hours. Visit the site healthychildren. Org to help with guidelines. Frequent check ups with growth measurements help to determine good nutrition and growth at this age. Assessing wet diapers also helps. All the best. ...Read more
Sometimes after feeding my newborn, I kind of struggle to get him to burp. I can go up to 15 min but nothing. What can I do to help him burp? Normal?
Different position: Not all babies' stomachs anatomically same. Moat babies have air go to highest part of stomach by placing in sitting position, holding baby steady and patting on back. If this doesn't work place child with head elevated on right side (again air rises to highest point), and pat child's back. ...Read more
Sleepy nurser: Breast fed babies very frequently fall asleep at the breast at first, and this can make nursing challenging (and will add to maternal exhaustion). Unwrapping the baby, tapping the feet, stroking the face or other forms of stimulation as soon as baby falls asleep will hopefully foster a more effective feeding pattern. Be vigilant, and this will pass. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes: A young baby usually poops after every feeding or after every-other feeding (averaging 3-4 poops a day). As the weeks go by, babies tend to poop less often, some twice a day while others once every-other day. As long as a baby is normal in eating, growth, and development; and does not have constipation, bloating, or tummy aches; the number of poops per day is not very important. ...Read more
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