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

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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My newborn keeps being sick after a feed , mostly it is milk but it has been yellow a few times and he is slightly under weight.Is this normal ?

Yes: Would make sure he has been burped well and hold him upright for 30 minutes after his feed. Follow his voiding and stooling closely. If he is not peeing and pooing then you should have him checked at the doctor. If it is projectile(across the room) or pine green i would have him evaluated immediately. ...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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My newborn slept for four hours straight last night. I woke her up to feed . Is this normal ?

My newborn slept for four hours straight last night.  I woke her up to feed . Is this normal ?

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

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My newborn is always asleep and i have to wake him up to feed him, he barely eat, he's not sick and he is 11 days old now. is this normal for his age?

Weight gain: Please check the baby's weight. His weight should not be less than what he weighed at birth. Monitor the weight weekly to ensure that he is gaining weight. You should consult your doctor if he does not gain weight. In any case he should be checked in the well baby clinic at regular intervals. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My newborn is breastfeeding for 20-30mins at a time then is hungry imediately after. I feed her 3times and she is still hungry, help.

My newborn is breastfeeding for 20-30mins at a time then is hungry imediately after. I feed her 3times and she is still hungry, help.

Lactation consultant: While lack of milk supply is certainly a possibility, it is also possible that she is not latching on correctly and/or sucking properly. For instance, if she is just getting the tip of the nipple in and not the entire aereola, you may not get let down and instead will just get sore nipples and a frustrated baby. If at all possible, ask your doctor about lactation consultants in your area. ...Read more

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Is it safe that i pump a 6oz bottle of breastmilk and feed it to my newborn at night? He wakes up like 3 times & drinks 2 oz. I leave it in the bedroom

Is it safe that i pump a 6oz bottle of breastmilk and feed it to my newborn at night?  He wakes up like 3 times & drinks 2 oz. I leave it in the bedroom

Safe- yes: Room temp stored breast milk- for overnight use is ok. But usually recommended to keep it refrigerated for use over 2-3 days. Frozen bm is suggested if used over a week. ...Read more

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