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When do I start the next feeding?

Do I time it from when I started the feeding - or when I finished? If the baby needs to eat every 3 hours and it takes me 45 minutes from start to finish ... do I start again 2 hours and 15 minutes after the last feeding is over ... or do I wait three hours after the end of the feeding?


Kolene Moore | Other Provider

Kolene Moore

You always time the start of the next feeding with the time that the last feeding started not ended. If baby started feeding at 3pm and finished at 3:45pm then you should start the next feeding by 5pm. However, keep in mind that you should for the most part feed the baby when baby shows you feeding cues rather on a schedule.

This is especially important the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Sometimes baby will go 3 hours between feedings but other times it may only be 1 ½-2 hours and this is normal.

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