Re: Pumping necessary in the first weeks?
Excellent advice from the PPs.
Newborn babies are supposed to nurse at least 10-12 times a day. So a lot of people will say "wake your baby to nurse every 2 hours," because if you do you're guaranteed to nurse at least 12 times a day. That sort of clockwork approach is useful for some moms- particularly those who have extremely sleepy babies- but is not necessary for most. Often newborns will naturally have a pattern that includes both times during which the baby feeds extremely frequently and some longer sleep stretches. So if your baby has one or two 3-4 hour naps but still feeds 10-12 times a day, that's generally okay.
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