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When Should I Feed My Baby?

Breastfeed your baby at least 8 or more times in 24 hours. The more you feed your baby, the more milk you will make.

Your baby may be sleepy on the first day. You will need to undress him to his diaper and hold him skin-to-skin. This will help him wake up.

After the first 24 hours, your baby will be awake more often to feed. Babies wake up a lot to feed.

Feed your baby as long as he wants. Do not limit the length of time your baby feeds. In the first few days, a feeding may last up to an hour. In the beginning, your baby will feed often during the night. This is normal. Your baby may have been more active at night during pregnancy too.