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Growth & Development

How Much and How Often Do You Feed a Newborn?

Newborns usually feed approximately 8-12 times in a 24 hour period.  It is expected that babies will initially lose weight (up to 10% of birth weight).  However, babies should be back at their birth weight by 2 weeks of life.  Infant stomach size at birth is about the size of a marble.  Formula fed babies therefore need approximately 5-10ml every 1-3 hours on day 1, 10-15ml every 1-3 hours on day 2, 13-30ml every 1-3 hours on day 3 and will often take approximately 1-2oz every 1-3 hours upon discharge home.  Breastfed babies usually feed about 15-30 minutes per breast every 1-3 hours, beginning at birth.  For all types of feeding, the time between feeds is measured from the start of the last feed, not the end.

The content provided is not meant to replace the advice of your child’s physician. Please refer any specific issues or questions about your child to your pediatrician or health care provider.