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Common questions about feeding a newborn baby

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Newborn babies have tiny tummies, and breast milk is easily digested, which is why they need to feed frequently – usually 8 or more times in 24 hours, around the clock, day and night. You’ll learn to pick up the cues from your little one when the time is right for each feed – to begin with your baby may stir, turn their head or open their mouth. Other cues include stretching or putting a hand to their mouth. To help you spot these little signals from your baby, take a look at pages 22-23 in the Off To A Good Start booklet.

Common feeding questions

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If you’re worried about feeding your baby, get help immediately from your midwife, health visitor or visit our breastfeeding section.


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Last updated: 10 Mar, 2022