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How do I know if my newborn is getting plenty to eat?

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Your infant should eat every 2 to 3 hours if you give her formula and every 1-2 hours if you breastfeed her. You can tell that she's getting plenty to eat when:

  • She spends 10 to 15 minutes at each breast, or she drinks 2 to 3 ounces of formula at each feeding.
  • She has six or more wet diapers and four or more poopy diapers every 24 hours after day 4.
  • After losing a little weight the first week, she starts to gain it the second week. If you're concerned about her weight, check with your pediatrician.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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