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How long should I wait between feedings?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: When baby asks

Simple answer really.
.. When baby asks. Breastfeeding is supposed to be on demand. On average it should be every 2-3 hours but babies cluster feed at times, especially in the middle of the night (when you breastfeeding hormone peaks). Then it may be every 1-2 hours for a bit. Remember that sometimes baby is just looking to soothe and not feed if they are seeming hungrier more than that.

In brief: When baby asks

Simple answer really.
.. When baby asks. Breastfeeding is supposed to be on demand. On average it should be every 2-3 hours but babies cluster feed at times, especially in the middle of the night (when you breastfeeding hormone peaks). Then it may be every 1-2 hours for a bit. Remember that sometimes baby is just looking to soothe and not feed if they are seeming hungrier more than that.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics

In brief: On demand feeding!

Depends on a variety of things, the age of the baby and diet primarily.
But also whether your nipples are sore and how the baby is gaining weight are important too. The simplest answer especially if you are breastfeeding is that you feed the baby when he seems hungry! on demand feedings in babies overall result in the happiest mother baby unit, and the best weight gain in infants!

In brief: On demand feeding!

Depends on a variety of things, the age of the baby and diet primarily.
But also whether your nipples are sore and how the baby is gaining weight are important too. The simplest answer especially if you are breastfeeding is that you feed the baby when he seems hungry! on demand feedings in babies overall result in the happiest mother baby unit, and the best weight gain in infants!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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