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Nutrition for Infants and Children

Breastfeeding: How Much and How Often?

Signs that a baby is getting enough to eat include:

  • gaining weight every week
  • urinating six to eight times a day
  • sleeping well
  • being responsive to the mother

Most pediatricians believe that babies themselves are the best judges of how much to eat. Regular examinations by a pediatrician with monthly weight checks will reassure parents who are watching their baby's growth.

In general, it is best to feed infants when they demand it, rather than trying to set a rigid schedule. Since breast milk is so easily digested, babies may be ready to nurse again within a short time.

In general, babies want to nurse about every two hours. But each infant is different. One may be hungry an hour after the last meal, while another is content for three to four hours between feedings.

 

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