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How often should I nurse?
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Every 2-3 hours
If you just had your baby, you should plan to nurse at least every 2-3 hours, with a goal of about 8-12 feedings per 24 hrs.
It is a good idea to keep track of your feedings in the first week of life. Once your milk supply comes in and your baby starts to take more milk at a time, the feeding frequency declines. This is something your pediatrician will be able to provide further guidance on.

In brief: Every 2-3 hours
If you just had your baby, you should plan to nurse at least every 2-3 hours, with a goal of about 8-12 feedings per 24 hrs.
It is a good idea to keep track of your feedings in the first week of life. Once your milk supply comes in and your baby starts to take more milk at a time, the feeding frequency declines. This is something your pediatrician will be able to provide further guidance on.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
In brief: In short - on demand
Babies essentially feed 'on demand', meaning they should eat when and how long they wish.
On average that may be every 2-3 hours during the day for 30 minutes or so total. At night, it may be a bit more frequent, roughly every 1.5 to 2 hours and 30-40 minutes. Babies are meant to feed more frequently at night for several reasons and that is normal. Feeds longer than that may just be pacifying.

In brief: In short - on demand
Babies essentially feed 'on demand', meaning they should eat when and how long they wish.
On average that may be every 2-3 hours during the day for 30 minutes or so total. At night, it may be a bit more frequent, roughly every 1.5 to 2 hours and 30-40 minutes. Babies are meant to feed more frequently at night for several reasons and that is normal. Feeds longer than that may just be pacifying.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Thank
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