How Often Do I Feed the Baby?

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How Often Do I Feed the Baby?

Although after a week or so your baby will develop patterns similar to a regular feeding and sleeping routine, do not limit feedings to these times. If your baby is showing signs of hunger, regardless of the hour, you should try to feed him or her. The most commonly demonstrated signs of hunger are rooting, in which the baby nuzzles his or her head around you as if searching for something, putting hands into the mouth, restlessness and crying. Just because the baby is not crying does not mean he or she is not hungry. Calm babies may not cry until they are very hungry and might have trouble nursing by then due to frustration. If the baby shows these signs but is not hungry, the baby will show you by not nursing when offered.

   

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