The NHS says babies may want to breastfeed eight to 12 times or more every 24 hours (more in the first few days). So you might be feeding every couple of hours, including at night. It’s also fine to give feeds when your breasts feel full – you can’t overfeed a breastfed baby.
You can find more information on responsive feeding on the NHS website.
The NHS website also has some information on bottle feeding.
Look out for cues that your baby is hungry. Early cues include stirring, mouth opening and head turning. You may see them opening their mouth as though they’re about to feed.
Mid cues (when they’re somewhat hungry) include stretching, increased physical movements and hand moving to mouth. Late cues (when they’re very hungry) include crying, agitated body movements and turning red.
Feed at an early stage if you can. By the time your baby shows late hunger cues, they may be too upset to feed. Try calming them first with skin-to-skin contact, stroking, cuddling or talking.
Remember that growth spurts can increase your baby’s need to feed.
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