3 doctors weighed in:

How many times per day should I breastfeed?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: On demand

8-12 times a day(which doesn't mean every 2-3 hours as is sometimes said), but many infants feed much more than that, since breastfeeding is so much more than food.
If it seems that you are feeding all the time in those first few weeks, you may be and that can be perfectly normal if the baby is passing lots of stool. Enjoy the time with the baby. The feedings space out over time.

In brief: On demand

8-12 times a day(which doesn't mean every 2-3 hours as is sometimes said), but many infants feed much more than that, since breastfeeding is so much more than food.
If it seems that you are feeding all the time in those first few weeks, you may be and that can be perfectly normal if the baby is passing lots of stool. Enjoy the time with the baby. The feedings space out over time.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Thank
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: 8-12 times per day

During the first few weeks after your baby is born, he/she will need to feed very frequently.
It is recommended to feed about every 2-3 hours initially, with a goal of 8-12 breastfeeding sessions per 24 hours. This will ensure your baby is getting adequate milk. As your baby's stomach is able to tolerate more milk, the feedings will be spread further and further apart.

In brief: 8-12 times per day

During the first few weeks after your baby is born, he/she will need to feed very frequently.
It is recommended to feed about every 2-3 hours initially, with a goal of 8-12 breastfeeding sessions per 24 hours. This will ensure your baby is getting adequate milk. As your baby's stomach is able to tolerate more milk, the feedings will be spread further and further apart.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
49M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors