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How often should I feed my baby?

Babies set their own feeding schedule and may let you know when they are hungry by crying or general fussiness. Most babies need to eat every three to four hours.

Breast-fed babies initially go two to three hours between feedings. At night some full-term babies may sleep four to six hours between feedings. If a premature baby does not wake up for feedings, he may need to be awakened every three to five hours. The premature baby needs regular around-the-clock feedings for steady weight gain.

A good way to see if your baby is getting enough to eat is to see how many wet diapers he has in a 24-hour period. Your baby should have 6-8 wet diapers every day.

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