Newborn Breastfeeding Schedule

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Hello Mamas!

Today’s video is all about the difference between on-demand breastfeeding and scheduled feedings.  Breastfeeding your baby is exhausting and overwhelming, but with this baby feeding schedule, I hope I can bring some peace to your hectic life as a new mom! Keep watching for more!

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Newborn Feeding Schedule

If you are following the on-demand breastfeeding schedule, the AAP (American Association of Pediatrics) recommends 8-12 feedings every 24 hours, lasting 10 to 45 minutes each. On-demand breastfeeding happens when your baby shows signs of hunger such as chewing on their first or wrist, puckering their lips in search of a nipple, or crying. The hardest part of this is usually keeping your baby awake!

For a more scheduled feeding method, you’ll be putting your baby in the crib 1 ½ hours after each feed, and waking them up if necessary for their next feed 3 hours later. I’ve thrown a baby feeding chart into this video to let you know what times of the day are ideal for breastfeeding your baby!

This is a pretty rigorous schedule, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a baby who sleeps well during the day, wakes up hungry, and sleeps soundly through the night (hopefully!).

What tips do you have for a newborn breastfeeding schedule that you can share? Comment below – I would love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo

  • Mary is the bomb.

  • This is a fantastic schedule.

  • Clairerod

    Melissa thank you so much for covering this topic! I recently found your blog and it has really been a Godsend for me as a first time mom, so thanks so much!

    I do have a question though, my daughter will be exactly 1 month old tomorrow and currently I am exclusively breastfeeding her, but she eats about every hour! In this case, how do I go about getting her on a schedule? I will be returning to work in another month!

    • Very normal for a young baby to eat this frequently and nothing wrong with it at all. Make sure she is awake and full after a feed, often babies get tired and sleep and then they are back at the breast after only one hour. If you do that, you have the best chance of having her go longer than one hour. Then, try to have her nap — let me know how it goes and good luck back at work!

  • Swapna

    hi Melissa!

    I have read and heard people saying that milk may not get generated and flow soon after baby birth. For some women it takes long time too. So wanted to know how the hospital care help in such situation. As well please share your experiences and tips. Also first time will it hurt ? and also how to deal with colostrum

    Thanks in advance!

    – Swapna

    • I have many videos on these topics. It can take a few days for your milk to come in. My doctor’s advice was to keep the baby nursing at the breast every few hours for 20 minutes or so on each side. The colustrum came in small drops for me during the first few days, and it is very healthy and important for your baby. Yes, it hurt! It hurt for me with each of my five babies. But that pain went away within a few weeks. Check out my other videos on nursing in the early days. xo M