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Your newborn will need to breastfeed 10 or more times each day.

Photo of mom nursing her child

"How often will my newborn need to nurse?"

  • Colostrum is your newborn's first food. It comes in small amounts and is just what your baby needs.
  • Your baby will give you hunger cues to let you know when it is time to eat, like sucking noises or fists to the baby's mouth.
  • You may need to wake your baby so he can eat. It is ok to do this—your baby is growing and needs to eat.
  • Babies will let you know when they are hungry once you know the cues—they can’t be missed. Enjoy this special time with your baby!
  • You will know that your baby is getting enough to eat by the number of wet and soiled diapers your baby makes each day.
  • During growth spurts, your baby will want to eat more than what has been the usual pattern. This is ok because your baby needs more feedings to grow stronger.
Try This

Keep a feeding/diaper log and if you have questions call a WIC peer counselor, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), other women who are successfully breastfeeding, La Leche League and/or your medical provider.

Baby Cues - Hunger

See what baby cues look like in this video