How long do babies need to eat every 2 3 hours?
General Guidelines for Baby Feeding: Most newborns eat every 2 to 3 hours, or 8 to 12 times every 24 hours.
Babies might only take in half ounce per feeding for the first day or two of life, but after that will usually drink 1 to 2 ounces at each feeding.
This amount increases to 2 to 3 ounces by 2 weeks of age..
How long do you have to feed a newborn every 2 hours?
First Weeks and Months As your baby grows, his or her belly also grows. Your baby will gradually be able to drink more breast milk at each feeding. Over the first few weeks and months, the time between feedings will start to get longer— on average about every 2 to 4 hours for most exclusively breastfed babies.
When can I stop waking my baby for feedings?
Newborns should be nursed anytime they cue hunger, but at least every 2 hours during the day and at least once during the night. Once your baby has established a good weight gain pattern (at least 4 ounces per week, for babies under 4 months), you can stop waking baby to nurse and let him set his own pattern.
What happens if you don’t feed your baby every 3 hours?
Baby needs to gain weight. Newborns typically lose between 5 and 10 percent of their body weight, depending on delivery method, in the days after birth. They need to spend the first few weeks gaining it back. Not eating enough in the first few days can also lead to complications linked to jaundice and low blood sugar.