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How long can a newborn feed up to?

How long can a newborn feed up to?

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

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Can you tell me how I could feed my newborn all day long without being rude to guests?

Can you tell me how I could feed my newborn all day long without being rude to guests?

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

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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 should a newborn be awake afrer feeding and diaper chsnge? My month old only sleeps approx 2-3 hours during the day. Thanks!

Newborn: A newborn is usually up 15-30 minutes after feeding and diaper change. Newborns usually sleep 16-20 hours a day. Check with your pediatrician to see if there is a problem with your baby. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Awhile: Breast milk jaundice which begins days after the infant is born can last 3 - 12 weeks. Continue to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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How often should I feed my newborn baby?

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

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What is the best schedule for feeding a newborn?

What is the best schedule for feeding a newborn?

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

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How many oz. Should a newborn have at one feeding?

How many oz. Should a newborn have at one feeding?

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

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Is it normal for my newborn to be feeding all the time?

Is it normal for my newborn to be feeding all the time?

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

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Please give advice on how often to feed a newborn baby?

Please give advice on how often to feed a newborn baby?

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

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I'd really like to know how often should a newborn feed?

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

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Why are you advised not to feed a newborn baby with a bottle?

Why are you advised not to feed a newborn baby with a bottle?

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

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My newborn baby sleeps all the time even during feeding. Is that normal?

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

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Please tell me how often to feed a newborn in order for it to stay healthy?

Please tell me how often to feed a newborn in order for it to stay healthy?

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

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Should i wake up newborn in the middle of the night to feed him or do I wait till he wakes up?

Should i wake up newborn in the middle of the night to feed him or do I wait till he wakes up?

Wake him up: Newborns should feed every 2-3 hours. Babies should not be allowed to sleep through the night until they are two months or older. ...Read more

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My newborn sleeps for 5 hour incraments consistantly if we don't wake her to feed her... is that normal? Should II be worried?

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

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What number of ounces of breastmilk should I feed my newborn?

What number of ounces of breastmilk should I feed my newborn?

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