Remember that your baby’s rapidly growing brain is likely driving her appetite. It’s normal to expect that she would be hungry a lot of the time, especially if she is catching up from an initial period of slow weight gain.
A breastfed newborn usually eats seven to 12 times every 24 hours. Eventually, feedings will drop to six to 10 times. During growth spurts (around three, six and nine weeks), her appetite may increase again.
If you’re formula feeding, a good rule of thumb is that a baby will drink (in ounces) twice her age in months. For example, a two-month-old typically drinks four ounces during a feed, while a three-month-old drinks six ounces.
If your baby fusses after a feeding and still seems hungry, or is hungry soon after being fed, just adjusting the amount she gets at each feed should allow her to achieve satiety and increase the time between feeds.
Dr. JJ Levenstein is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics with a thriving private pediatric practice in Encino, Calif. Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician moms. www.mdmoms.com/