breastfeeding question and answers
As a new mother you might have quite a few questions about breastfeeding your
baby. Here are some questions and answers that might help you. See also the previous, Breastfeeding Baby
How often should a newborn be
Answer: You should nurse a newborn
no less than 8 times a day, depending upon how long he sleeps between feedings at night. If he can go four hours
between feedings, then you will probably feed him twice between 11pm and 7am. If you feed him right before he goes
to bed, then you may only have to get up one time during the night.
|A toddler should be nursed often during the day
to minimize interruptions at
How often should an older baby
A. Depending upon the age of your
child, you should be feeding him every 3-4 hours during the day. As your child gets older, they will nurse less,
but they will be eating more during each nursing. If you are going to nurse after your child is over 6 months old,
you should not nurse less than 5 times a day. If your milk supply is decreasing, then you may need to add a nursing
or two to your day to help increase your milk supply.
How do I go about dropping a
feeding as my baby gets older?
A. The most common change that moms
need to make is going from a every 3 hour to every 4 hour routine, dropping a feeding in the middle of the night,
or dropping a late-night feeding.
As your baby grows there will be changes to
breastfeeding times, to which you have to adjust.
Most of the time you will know when your baby is ready to change their eating
habits by a change in their sleep patterns. A baby that has been on an every 3 hour routine normally takes 3 naps a
If they eat every 3 to 4 hours then they may drop the last nap or shorten one of
the other naps considerably. Babies are usually ready to do this at around 3 months of age.
Most babies drop the feeding in the middle of night by themselves at around 6-14
weeks old. You will know that they are ready when you awake in a panic in the morning wondering why your baby did
not get you for a feeding. The baby will require more food during the day though, and if you are breastfeeding,
your breasts may feel full for a few days, but it is well worth it!
The late night feeding is usually the hardest to let go of. Some parents think
that if they do not feed the baby right before bed that the baby will awake in the middle of the night. If you
don’t think your child can do without the late night feeding, then push it back in 15-minute increments until you
are feeding him at the time you would like to. If the last two feedings of the day seem too close together, don’t
worry. It will all work itself out and you both will be much happier for it!