Feeding Information

  • During the first two weeks of life we give a different message in terms of feeding: feed every two to three hours, at least eight feeds over a 24 hour period.

  • There is no need to supplement your baby with water until he/she is 6 months of age.

  • At first, waking the baby occasionally to feed may be necessary for some. If this becomes more frequent, let the doctor know.

  • We would like to see the baby gaining close to 1/2- 1oz per day.

  • One way to tell if your baby is eating enough is by the amount of wet diapers they are having, which should be at least three to four times in a 24 hour period.

  • Normally, newborns will have frequent bowel movements. Their stool will look soft, mustard-like/seedy at first. A little straining (turning red) is also normal as long as they aren't passing hard/pellet-like stools or crying that is relieved with stooling (in which case you should call the doctor.)

  • Want more information and support on breastfeeding in general? Click here.

  • Also check out our information on transitioning your child to solid foods with the button below!

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