I am worried my baby is not eating enough, how often should my baby feed in a day?

Feeding a baby is subjective and should be based on the baby’s demand and not on any particular expected numbers of feeds per day. As a rule of thumb, always alternate the breast between each feeds, making sure you empty each one before moving on to the other. Despite this, the average number of feeding sessions by a baby delivered at term, is generally about 8 to 12 times a day, during the first week of life. This is due to the small volume of milk the baby’s stomach is able to contain during each feed which coincidentally matches the small volume of colustrum made by the mother immediately after birth. But as the baby gets older, its stomach also gets bigger thereby becoming large enough to contain and save more milk in between feeds. Hence as expected the numbers of feeds decreases to about 7 to 9 times a day by the time the baby is about 4 weeks of age. Coincidentally, the mother’s milk production also changes from the thick scanty colustrum produced in the first week of life to a more watery copious milk seen in the second week of life to match the baby’s requirement. For more information, please CHAT WITH OUR CONSULTANTS.

Comments (1)

  • John Kalu
    2017-07-25 12:02:56

    Thanks Doc. Baby had this issue for some days now and this blog helped greatly.

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