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Newborn Feeding Intervals

For a newborn, feeding intervals will vary. Since every baby is different, feeding schedules should be individualized and adjusted to meet your infant's needs. Watch your baby's hunger cues closely to learn his or her individual needs and to feed accordingly. This is the best gauge to determine when and how much to feed your baby.
 
The actual frequency of feeding will change from baby to baby -- and even from feeding to feeding. In the first two weeks, the average frequency of breastfeeding is 8 to 12 times a day; it decreases to 7 to 9 times a day by four weeks of age, as everyone's skills improve and more milk is transferred with each feeding.
 
Establishing a feeding schedule with formula is uncomplicated. In the beginning, due to the tiny size of their bellies, the feedings will start out small but frequent (around every three to four hours). As their belly grows and they can take in more per feeding, the schedule will change to accommodate longer individual feeding sessions further apart.

For example, at one month, you might still be feeding every four hours. At two months, this may decrease to six or seven feedings per day.
 
(Click Newborn Feeding Schedule for more details about the standard intervals for newborn feeding and to find out how often you should increase the amount of formula you are feeding your child.)
 
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