How Many Times A Day Should My Baby Nurse?

nursing the baby

This was a big question I had with my first born. I knew he would nurse 8-10 times a day in those first few weeks, but what about as he grew older? I found a helpful chart in the Babywise book that had the suggested number of feedings for a baby during their first year. This is by no means a hard and fast rule, or what you have to do, but it was very helpful to me, and I’d like to share it here.

  1. Weeks 0-8, 8 to 10 feedings per day
  2. Weeks 9-15, 5 to 7 feedings per day
  3. Weeks 16-24, 4 to 6 feedings per day
  4. Weeks 24-52, 4 to 5 feedings per day

This feeding chart is actually the only helpful information that I took from the Babywise book. The rest of it didn’t work for me. The other tip that I can share is the use of a pregnancy pillow that I bought from Pillow fiesta. I still use the pillow at night and when I breastfeed my baby.

One more thing I’d like to share with you is this breastfeeding log I made for my own use. I didn’t want to purchase a tablet of them, so I just made this one, saved it on my computer, and printed it out weekly.

You may be thinking I’m crazy, but it really helped me to know, and be able to look back at these charts.  I always knew exactly when the last time baby had eaten, pooped, or peed. This chart would also work for a formula fed baby. I actually keep this chart for the entire first year and even write down the solids they start eating to help watch for food allergies, and to keep track of what their eating and how much.

It was helpful for me to look back at Tyrone’s charts and know what I did with him and when as compared to Naomi. Hope these are a few tips you could use!  I know I could have used this information in those early weeks right after I was a new mom!

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