Newborns wake every couple of hours to eat.
Bottle-fed babies tend to feed less often, about every 3–4 hours.
Newborns who sleep for longer stretches should be awakened to feed.
Wake your baby every 3–4 hours to eat until he or she shows good weight gain, which usually happens within the first couple of weeks.
How long should you let your newborn sleep without eating?
Newborns will wake up and want to be fed about every 3-4 hours at first. Do not let your newborn sleep longer than 5 hours at a time in the first 5-6 weeks.
How do I wake my newborn to feed?
How to wake baby for a feed
- Feed when your baby is in an active sleep period — or REM sleep.
- Slowly unswaddle him.
- Change his diaper, singing a song or stroking his hands and the soles of his feet.
- Hold your baby upright, which usually causes newborns to open their eyes.
- Dim the lights.
- Be sociable.
How long should newborns be awake for?
At about three months of age some babies still need a nap every hour or two, but some can be awake as long as three hours, if they are routinely sleeping well at night and getting good, long naps. By six months most babies can stay awake for two to three hours.
How often should a newborn feed?
Frequent feedings also will help stimulate your milk production during the first few weeks. By 1 to 2 months of age, a breastfed baby will probably nurse 7-9 times a day. Before your milk supply is established, breastfeeding should be “on demand” (when your baby is hungry), which is generally every 1½ to 3 hours.