Nursing Questions & Answers Rewrite

Breastfeeding Questions & Answers
Q .​
How often should a​ newborn be nursed?
A .​
You should nurse a​ newborn no less than 8 times a​ day, depending upon how long he sleeps between feedings at​ night .​
If he can go four hours between feedings, then you will probably feed him twice between 11pm and 7am .​
If you feed him right before he goes to​ bed, then you may only have to​ get up one time during the night .​

Q .​
How often should an​ older baby be nursed?
A .​
Depending upon the age of​ your child, you should be feeding him every 3-4 hours during the day .​
As your child gets older, they will nurse less, but they will be eating more during each nursing .​
If you are going to​ nurse after your child is​ over 6 months old, you should not nurse less than 5 times a​ day .​
If your milk supply is​ decreasing, then you may need to​ add a​ nursing or​ two to​ your day to​ help increase your milk supply.
Q .​
How do I​ go about dropping a​ feeding as​ my baby gets older?
A .​
The most common change that moms need to​ make is​ going from a​ every 3 hour to​ every 4 hour routine, dropping a​ feeding in​ the middle of​ the night, or​ dropping a​ late-night feeding .​

Most of​ the time you will know when your baby is​ ready to​ change their eating habits by a​ change in​ their sleep patterns .​
a​ baby that has been on an​ every 3 hour routine normally takes 3 naps a​ day and if​ they eat every 3,5 to​ 4 hours then they may drop the last nap of​ the nap or​ shorten one of​ the other naps considerably .​
Babies are usually ready to​ do this at​ around 3 months of​ age .​

Most babies drop the feeding in​ the middle of​ night by themselves at​ around 6-14 weeks old .​
You will know that they are ready when you awake in​ a​ panic in​ the morning wondering why your baby did not get you for a​ feeding .​
The baby will require more food during the day though, and if​ you are breastfeeding, your breasts may feel full for a​ few days, but it​ is​ well worth it!
The late night feeding is​ usually the hardest to​ let go of .​
Some parents think that if​ they do not feed the baby right before bed that the baby will awake in​ the middle of​ the night .​
If you don’t think your child can do without the late night feeding, then push it​ back in​ 15-minute increments until you are feeding him at​ the time you would like to .​
If the last two feedings of​ the day seem too close together, don’t worry .​
It will all work itself out and you both will be much happier for it!

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