This page gives mothers a newborn baby feeding schedule whether breast-feeding or formula feeding for babies up to 6 months of age.
To read about the feeding schedule for babies aged between 6 months and 12 months, click here.
Look for signs of effective milk transfer to your baby.
If you answered yes to the above questions and by Day 3 or 4, your baby is progressing as above, it is likely your baby is getting enough milk.
All babies lose weight after birth but by Day 5 they normally stop losing weight. Babies can lose up to 7 % of their birth weight. They usually regain their birth weight by Day 10.
Feed your baby when he wants to be fed. Babies need to set their own schedule. They don't have the stores of energy that older children have so can't wait a long time for food when they are hungry. Your baby should be having at least 8 feeds per day in the first week or so.
If your baby is having more frequent feeds than every 3 hours and you want your baby to sleep longer between feeds, make sure he has a longer feed before he sleeps so he can last longer before the next feed. That may mean letting your baby wait a bit longer before you feed him in the first place, but not too long.
The baby feeding schedule is determined by your baby not you!!
Sometimes breast feeding doesn't come as naturally as many first-time moms expect. Experienced midwives will be able to help you develop a good latch and check your baby is feeding adequately.
If there are issues, a lactation consultant can be invaluable.
Sometimes, a baby problem can cause issues. Some babies with tongue tie have difficulty latching and the resultant action of the gum on the nipple with suckling can cause a lot of discomfort to mothers. In these cases, release of the tongue tie can be very useful. To read more on tongue tie in babies, click here.
After the first week, a baby will be having 150 milliliters per kilogram weight per day in milk (150 ml/kg/day) so a 3 kg baby will be having about 75 mls (2.5 ounces) every feed if he is feeding 4 hourly (so having 6 feeds per day).
For the first few days, babies drink less than this. It takes time for them to reach their normal baby feeding schedule.
All babies are different. Most babies need to be burped midway through a feed and after feeding. Babies don't usually need more burping than that. Some babies just need to be burped at the end of a feed. Once the baby feeding schedule is settled, you will have a good idea of how many times your baby needs to be burped, if at all.
To read more on burping and to see pictures of burping baby positions, click here.
See your doctor or health nurse if:
To read about what is normal for baby poop, click here - if your baby is feeding properly, he will have an expected result in his diaper (nappy). Read what that is..
For babies aged 6 - 12 months, click here - gives information on how to wean your baby onto solids
Love Your Baby - provides breastfeeding mothers with information and guidance in caring for their babies. In an effort to help mothers prevail over the challenges related to breastfeeding, loveyourbaby.com is now offering Breastfeeding Online Services.
Last reviewed 16 July 2012
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