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Baby Feeding Schedule

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Newborn Sleep
A newborn, from birth to 3 months of age, sleeps for durations lasting from 30 or 45 minutes to 3 or 4 hours and eats between sleeps. Therefore, newborns do not have a typical schedule as their sleep cycles need time to adjust. Some babies have day/night confusion, where they sleep a lot during the day and wake up at night. You will notice that your newborn is asleep most of the time and you might need to wake up the baby to feed it. Nevertheless, your newborn will stay awake longer within three weeks after birth, and you may even miss the days when the baby was sleepy all day.
Newborn Feeding
Feed your newborns frequently because its tummy is small and it requires food constantly. 
Formula-fed newborns require feeding less often than breast-fed newborns because more time is required for a newborn to digest formula, causing the baby to feel full for longer time. On the other hand, breast milk is digested easily.
To calculate the amount of formula to feed the baby, take your baby’s weight and multiply it by 2.5. This is the amount of formula the baby requires in a 24-hour period. However, with regard to breastmilk, most newborns require 20-30 ounces of breastmilk. It is better to nurse on demand in the first few weeks after birth for your breast milk expression is established. In the first 12 weeks, maintain your milk supply by nursing every 2-3 hours. 
Newborn Growth Spurts
Your newborn is undergoing growth and development every day and will show growth spurts at the following times:
~ 7-10 days of age
~ 2-3 weeks of age
~ 4-6 weeks of age
~ 3 months of age
During the abovementioned ages, your newborn is feeding constantly and sleeping when not feeding. Feed your newborn as often as it is required because the baby requires all the energy and nutrients during the growth spurt.
Newborn Feeding and Sleep Schedule
Your baby's schedule may vary because all babies are different. However, the following schedules are based on averages. Closely watch your baby’s cues to detect sleepiness (rubbing eyes, yawning, and staring into space) and use these to maintain a sleep schedule. Remember, if your baby is already fussing, it is tired. Therefore, in future, you must get the baby to nap earlier before it begins fussing.
 
Breastfeeding schedule for 2-8 Week Old Newborn
The following schedule is best for babies who consume average amounts of breast milk and for moms who have average breast milk expression and supply. Ensure that you keep a fixed time for waking and feeding in the morning and feeding and bedtime at night.
9:00 AM – Wake and Feed
10:00 AM – Nap (30–60 minutes)
11:00 AM – Wake and Feed
12:30 PM – Nap (30–60 minutes)
1:30 PM – Wake and Feed
3:30 PM – Nap (30–60 minutes)
4:30 PM – Wake and Feed
6:00 PM – Nap (30–60 minutes)
6:30 PM – Wake and Feed
7:30 PM – Catnap (20–30 minutes)
8:00 PM – Wake and Feed
9:30 PM – Catnap (20–30 minutes)
10:00 PM – Wake and Feed
11:30 PM – Feed and Bedtime
3:30 AM – Feed and Right back to sleep
6:30 AM – Feed and Right back to sleep
Formula feeding schedule for 2-8 Week Old Newborn
This schedule allows longer naps and fewer feedings for the baby than the abovementioned breastfeeding schedule. This is because formula requires more time to digest, and the baby feels full for longer durations. 
9:00 AM – Wake and Feed
10:00 AM – Nap (60–90 minutes)
11:30 AM – Wake
12:30 PM – Feed and Nap (30–60 minutes)
1:30 PM – Wake
3:00 PM – Feed and Nap (60–90 minutes)
4:30 PM – Wake and Feed
6:00 PM – Nap (30–60 minutes)
6:30 PM – Wake
7:30 PM – Feed and Nap (30–60 minutes)
8:30 PM – Wake
9:30 PM – Nap (30–60 minutes)
10:00 PM – Wake and Feed
11:30 PM – Feed and Bedtime
4:30 AM – Feed and Right back to sleep
7:30 AM – Feed and Right back to sleep
These are based on averages requirements of the baby. You may consult your pediatrician for more information regarding schedules. Happy feeding and napping!
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