Frequency of Feedings

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

Babies need to breastfeed between eight to twelve times in a 24 hour period during the first few weeks to stimulate mother’s milk supply and gain appropriate weight. The best thing to do is to breastfeed when your infant shows signs of wanting to nurse, such as rooting toward the breast, or putting her hands up to her face and mouth. Breastfeeding during the night is one of the best ways to stimulate both early and abundant milk production. While some babies will nurse every 2 to 3 hours, others will want to nurse every hour for several hours followed by sleeping for four or five hours. If your baby is having difficulty waking for feedings place them skin to skin on your chest approximately 20 to 30 minutes before they routinely show readiness to breastfeed.