Your newborn should be nursing 8 to 12 times per day during about the first month. In the beginning, mothers may want to try nursing 10-15 minutes on each breast, then vary the time as necessary.
Once your milk supply is established, breastfeeding should be "on demand" (when your baby is hungry), which is generally every 2-3 hours. As newborns get older, they'll need to nurse less frequently — some may feed every hour and a half, whereas others may go 3 hours between feedings. Babies who are getting formula will likely take about 2-3 ounces every 2-4 hours. Newborns should not go more than about 4 hours without feeding.
Signs of hunger;
moving their heads from side to side
opening their mouths
sticking out their tongues
placing their hands and fists to their mouths
puckering their lips as if to suck
nuzzling again their mothers' breasts
showing the rooting reflex (when a baby moves its mouth in the direction of something that's stroking or touching its cheek)
Initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible. This should occur in the first 1 hour of birth. Keep the baby near your breast so that s/he can breast feed when ready.
The more times you nurse your baby the more the milk. This determines the amount of milk you produce.
Avoid feeding your baby with formula, not even water.
Nurse your baby every 2-3 hourly even at night.
Remember attachment and positioning to prevent painful /sore nipples.
The information on this site is on general issues and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your Baby’s health, consult a pediatrician or other healthcare professional.