Breastfeeding a newborn – tips on breastfeeding frequency and length of feed

Every new mum is keen to find out how often and for how long they will need to feed their baby in the early days after delivery. We asked experts from Thomson Medical Centre to give us some advice on breastfeeding a newborn.

Breastfeeding a newborn – frequency and length of feed

  • Offer unrestricted breastfeeding 8-12 times a day
  • Nurse baby every 2 to 3 hours or when baby shows signs of hunger
  • Allow baby to suckle till satisfied – usually 10 to 15 minutes on each side
  • During the day, wake non-demanding baby in early weeks to suckle when there is a lapse of 4 hours from the last feed

This breastfeeding frequency article is brought to you by Thomson Medical Centre.


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