How Often Should a Newborn Feed?

There’s no rule book to being a parent, no fool-proof rules to follow blindly and achieve the best results. Instead, we all need to prepare and try as much as we can.
 
Our team are here to help you through this experience, whether you’re a first-time parent or welcoming your next child into the world.
 
One of the first things you’ll need to figure out is how often you should feed your newborn. Each child is different, so here are some of the general things to keep in mind during the first few months of your parenthood.
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What do you need for a newborn?

There are a million and one things you need to think about before having a baby. But first things first, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the newborn essentials ready. This includes an activity play gym to a travel pram toy, as well as essential baby changing bags and carriers.

You’ll also need to purchase a number of baby bottles, making sure you’re ready to feed your newborn from the first day they arrive home. It can take up to 30 minutes for a bottle to cool down, so we recommend investing in our RapidCool kit, which can make the formula the perfect temperature in as little as 2 minutes, saving you bags of time every day and night.

You can even get a RapidCool kit and UV steriliser bundle deal. So if you’re travelling outside and need to feed your baby on the go, you’ll be ready for absolutely anything once you become a new parent.

How often should a newborn feed?

Newborn babies need to be fed every 2–3 hours, which equals anywhere between 8–12 times every day, although you should always ask your doctor before making any decisions.

Once your newborn starts to grow, their stomachs can handle more and more milk. So it’s a good idea to pay attention to how frequent and how much they drink. A baby who is a few months old, for example, might drink more milk but less often.

How much milk should a newborn drink?

There’s no doubt that newborn babies need feeding often. The amount depends on whether you’re choosing to breastfeed or bottle feed.

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How much do you need to bottle feed a newborn?

First, let’s take a look at formula. Newborn babies should drink around 59–118ml of formula every 2–3 hours, whether they’re thirsty in the daytime or nighttime.

How much expressed milk to feed newborn.

There are no solid figures to give you for breastfeeding. If you’re breastfeeding, we recommend that you learn how to respond to your baby’s feeding cues. Each child latches on a little different, so to say.

How to get rid of newborn hiccups.

Sometimes your baby will start to hiccup during feeding times. This is completely normal, and there are a few tips and tricks to help you stop this. You can change the position of your baby and take a break for a few minutes. You can also burp them, although you should burp them more often if they’re bottle feeding.

How to burp a newborn.

You’ll learn a lot of things when you become a parent, from changing dirty nappies to burping your child.
All you need to do is sit the baby up on your lap, supporting their body, chin, and jaw with one hand. With the other, tap and rub their back in circular motions moving upwards. It’ll do the trick, but make sure they’re wearing a snug and dry bib to catch any impending sick.

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How often to feed a newborn at night.

If you want to know how often your newborn baby will want to feed at night, you’ll have to wait and see for yourself. Every child is different, so sometimes you’ll be lucky and be able to sleep a little longer in between feeds. The older they get, the more milk they’ll be able to drink at a time, meaning they’ll need to feed less often at night as time goes by.
 
It’s no secret that night feeding is difficult. To help you look after your baby even when you’re so tired you can’t think straight, we recommend packing a baby changing bag filled with all of the essentials. Also, using our RapidCool kit will save you even more time instead of waiting for each bottle to cool by itself.

How to wake a newborn to feed

Newborn babies sleep a lot. On average, they snooze for 8.5 hours every day and 8.5 hours every night. Even if they’re sound asleep, they’ll still need to be woken up to follow their feeding schedule. If your newborn baby hasn’t eaten within the last 4–5 hours, you’ll need to wake them for it. This can be difficult, but here are some tricks.
 
To wake newborn babies up for a feed in the daytime, you can speak to them and place them inside a light room. You can also make sure they’re fully awake by changing their nappy. On the other hand, you’ll want to make sure you’re speaking in a low voice and stay in a dimly-lit room if you’re feeding during the night.
 
The moral of the story is that newborn babies love to eat. Whether they’re drinking milk from a bottle or straight from the source, they’ll likely remind you at all hours of the day and demand a snack every few hours. But it’s always a good idea to speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

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