It’s fairly common for a new baby to want to eat very frequently, particularly if your milk hasn’t come in yet. Remember, your baby is trying to build your milk supply. Each time your baby empties your breast, your breast then tells your body to make more milk.
Babies will also want to eat frequently during what are called “growth spurts.” Basically, your baby’s demand can exceed the supply of milk, and so your baby will increase the frequency of nursing in order to increase your milk supply. Growth spurts usually last for only a day or two.
If your baby consistently wants to nurse more frequently than every one and a half to two hours, she may not be getting enough milk at each feeding. Try increasing the time at each breast. Also, make sure that your baby is really hungry and not just wanting to suck. Frequent feeding doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have an adequate milk supply.
If your body is not making enough milk, don’t worry. Instead, consider whether you’re drinking enough fluids and getting enough rest. You may want to discuss your concerns with a lactation consultant or your healthcare team before considering supplementing with formula.
If you’re breastfeeding, always check with your baby’s provider before giving your baby formula. It may not be needed and can actually be detrimental to breastfeeding.