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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How often should I breastfeed my baby?

    Is there a recommended number of times per day? Every few hours?
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  • Joy Anderson

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Joy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a special interest in … View Profile

    In the early weeks, many babies feed between 8 and 12 times per 24-hour period. However, some do feed less often. The main thing to check is that the baby is gaining weight normally and for a day-to-day check that he/she is getting enough is the number of nappies. Babies should be passing clear, non-smelly urine at least 6-8 times in 24 hours and in the early weeks, should have bowel motions every day. Feeds do not necessarily have to be equally spaced, eg 3-hourly. Many babies cluster-feed (several in a short space of time) and then they have a long sleep of several hours.

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