Breastfeeding is a supply and demand process. The most important part of breastfeeding is feeding on demand so your body knows how much milk to make for your baby.
If your baby is breastfeeding every 2-3 hours, then that is normal. It’s exhausting—but it’s normal. If your baby is breastfeeding every single hour for 24-48 hours, and there are minimal pees and poops in the diapers, it’s important to get in touch with your pediatrician immediately.
How long should my baby be nursing during each feeding?
Babies vary on how long they take to nurse.
Your job is to provide the breast, the baby decides how long to nurse. However, if your baby wants to nurse every hour for days on end or is nursing for over 45 minutes each session, you should talk to your doctor.
How can I tell if my baby is eating enough?
To evaluate the situation, ask yourself three questions:
1. Do you see and hear your baby swallowing when eating?
2. Is there evidence in the diaper (multiple pees and poops)?
3. Is the baby gaining weight at regular pediatrician visits?
If the answer is YES to all three of these questions, your baby is eating enough.