How much should my baby eat?

14 Mar 2017 in

A newborn’s stomach is about the size of a cherry, and can only hold about 1 tablespoon of milk at a time. By day 3 of life, your baby’s stomach can hold about 1 ounce, and by 1 week of age your baby is able to eat up to 2 ounces at a time. By 1 month, your baby can eat up to 5 ounces at a time.

Newborns need to eat at least 8-10 times per day, which works out to about every 2-3 hours. The maximum length of time a newborn can go without eating is 4 hours. If your newborn baby sleeps for 4 hours straight, you need to wake your baby to eat. 

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What color poop is normal?

14 Mar 2017 in

The first type of stool your newborn will have is called meconium. It is dark green in color, and a thick, sticky consistency (a little thicker than jelly). Some babies will pass meconium in utero; this is more common in babies who are born after their due date. Most babies will start having meconium stools in the first 48 hours of life. They typically last for a day or two, before turning into soft, yellow-green transitional stool.