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How often do babies eat?

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A breastfed newborn will probably want to nurse every 1.5 to 3 hours. They should nurse 8-12 times a day for the first month. At 4 to 8 weeks old, they'll probably be nursing 7-9 times a day.

If they're drinking formula, your baby will probably want a bottle every 2-3 hours at first. As they grow, they should be able to go 3-4 hours without eating.

Your baby may wants to eat more often or a larger amount than normal when they're going through growth spurts, typically around 7-14 days old, 3-6 weeks, 4 months, and 6 months.

From: How Often Should You Feed Your Baby? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Children's: "Feeding Your Baby."

HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics): "How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?"

KidsHealth.Org (The Nemours Foundation): "Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?" "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Children's: "Feeding Your Baby."

HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics): "How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?"

KidsHealth.Org (The Nemours Foundation): "Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?" "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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