State of Illinois
Department of Human Services
Feeding Your Newborn
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- Cuddle and love your baby during feedings.
- Feed your baby before he is upset or crying.
How Much Should I Feed My Baby?
- Newborns only need a small amount of breast milk* at each feeding. Your baby's stomach is only about the size of a large egg at 10 days old.
- Nighttime feedings are needed for baby to grow strong and healthy.
- During growth spurts or when learning, baby may want to eat more often.
- Growth spurts typically last 1-2 days and usually occur around:
- 2 weeks
- 6 weeks
- 2 1/2 - 3 months
- 4 1/2 - 6 months
- When baby gets older he will feed less often.
- Allow him to feed as long as he wants. He will tell you when he is hungry and full.
Signs That Your Baby Is Well Fed
- Most newborns will feed about 8 - 12 times in 24 hours (or about every 1 1/2 - 3 hours).
- After one week your baby will have 6 or more wet diapers and at least 3 dirty diapers daily.
- Your baby will gain weight.
- Wait to give a pacifier or bottle until baby is about 3 or 4 weeks old and you have good milk supply.
It's Too Early for Solid Foods
Most babies are not ready for solid foods, such as cereal, until at least 6 months. Giving food too early can cause baby to have allergies, choke or drink less breast milk* than needed.
*or infant formula
DHS 4369A (R-12-11) FYB - Feeding Your Newborn
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