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If your newborn wants to nurse constantly, you will likely be given the advice to only allow them to nurse every two hours so that they do not use you as a pacifier. However, when dealing with a newborn, we have to remember that newborns do not have a schedule yet. They might be hungry every 20 minutes and then not again for three hours. They might not be eating until they are full as they adjust to nursing. Although it is best to at least offer every two hours if your child isn't nursing a lot, a newborn should not be rejected when they want to nurse. This is also the time they are bonding with you, in which feeling secure is just as important.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|