Newborn Feeding Patterns

Babies usually start to showmore feeding cues and eat more often on day 2. Your baby may go through a“marathon” nursing phase, which means they may feed many times close together – this is normal. Keep your baby with you and allow them to feed as often as desired. When your baby falls asleep, you may have a little break if you continue to hold and cuddle them. If you put your baby down, they may wake up and nurse again, not because they are hungry, but because this is comforting. chance to breastfeed at least 8 times today. Gently rub your baby’s legs, feet and back, if needed, to keep them awake and feeding. Babies are resting from birth, so they eat less often in the first 24 hours. Supervised skin-to-skin contact is important! Babies are usually awake and alert for 1 to 2 hours after birth. Then, they often sleep for many hours. Watch for feeding cues, and offer the Babies usually want to “cluster feed”on day 3. Keep your baby skin-to-skin so that they can breastfeed easily. Watch for feeding cues. Feeding by cue means your baby removes milk more often so you make more milk. Your baby may continue with the cluster feedings, then start to ease off as your milk supply increases. Your milk supply will increase and your baby will be eating more at each feeding. You should hear swallowing and even gulping by this time. You may notice your baby becomes satisfied and drifts off to sleep after feeding. It is normal if your baby sleeps more during the day and is awake more at night. Your baby will be eating at least 8 times in 24 hours and may even eat as often as 10 to 12 times in 24 hours. They will start to gain weight. Your baby will also be having more wet and dirty diapers.

Day 1: First 24 Hours Birthday Nap

• At least 1 wet diaper • At least 1 dirty diaper • Black stool (meconium)

Day 2: 24 to 48 Hours Learning Day

• At least 2 wet diapers • At least 2 dirty diapers • Black or dark green stool

Day 3: 48 to 72 Hours All Day Buffet

• At least 3 wet diapers • At least 3 dirty diapers • Brown, green or yellow stool

Day 4 and 5: 96 to 120 Hours Night Owl

• At least 4 wet diapers on day 4 and 5 wet diapers on day 5 • At least 4 dirty diapers • Yellow, loose and seedy stool


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