July 02, 2015

Q: My newborn baby seems to breastfeed all the time! Is this normal?

A: In the first few months, most babies nurse every two to three hours and slightly less often at night, but some infants feed more frequently, especially in the early evening -- and that's totally normal. Your baby's feeding patterns may vary from day to day, so don't worry if one day it seems like he's hungry every minute and the next day only wants to eat every few hours. Remember, breast milk is digested quickly (as little as 90 minutes for some babies). As your baby gets older -- and his tummy gets bigger and can hold more milk at one time -- he'll start to go longer between feedings. --Laura Flynn McCarthy

Originally published in Parents magazine, August 2002. Updated 2009.

Answered by Parents Team

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December 2, 2018
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