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Q&A: How Often Should a Six-Week-Old baby Breastfeed

Wendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor


Q How often should a six-week-old baby breastfeed?

A There is no hard and fast rule about how often a six-week-old baby needs to nurse. Every baby nurses at his or her own pace. Some babies are snackers and nurse more frequently. Basically, your baby will let you know how often he or she is hungry. If he or she dosen't let you know, it's certainly safe to nurse every 2 hours and see how it goes.

Wendy Goldenthal

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A Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with eight years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Nursing Mothers Supplies, a website where breastfeeding mothers can purchase breastfeeding supplies and get a little advice as well.

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Dianne Mar 10, 2012 03:01:57 PM ET

My 6 week old baby does not give me signs that he is hungry. I have been nursing him every 2 to 3 hours during the day and at night when he fusses. He has been spitting up a lot during the day but not at night. Should I feed him less frequently and let him tell me when he is ready during the day? He tends to pull off my breast several times as well during some daytime Feedings. At birth he was 8"1 and last appointment was 9"12.

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