Allow your baby to nurse for as long and as often as they want. For the most part, the baby determines its own feeding schedule. Some babies require a little extra stimulation for feedings. Other babies are hungrier and want to drink a lot.
If you feed your baby about 8–12 times a day during the first few days and they drink well, they have probably eaten enough.
There are three ways to know for sure:
- The baby is lively and satisfied.
- The baby is consistently gaining weight (note: the first few days, your baby may lose weight).
- Starting from day three, your baby should have at least three wet nappies a day.
Sometimes extra feeds are required, e.g. if the baby is jaundiced. Some babies may be drowsy and sleepy even though extra feedings are required.