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Caring for Your Newborn: Feeding

Feeding your newborn: When to call

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You have questions about feeding your baby.
  • You are concerned that your baby is not eating enough.
  • You have trouble feeding your baby.

Eating: What are your baby’s daily needs?

From birth, babies eat when they're hungry and then stop eating when they're full. Experts agree that newborns should be fed on demand. This means that you bottle- or breastfeed your infant whenever he or she shows signs of hunger, rather than setting a strict schedule.

How often your baby needs to eat will depend in part on your baby's age.

  • At about 3 weeks, you can try to delay feeding for a short time by cuddling or talking to your newborn. You might be able to limit nighttime feedings if you don't socialize with your baby or linger after your baby has finished eating.
  • By age 2 months, many babies start eating less often at night.
  • At age 3 to 4 months, babies often interrupt feedings to look around, smile, and coo.

Most babies can start to eat solid foods at about 6 months. Solids are given along with breast milk or formula.

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