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often, possibly creating his own eating schedule. What's typical at this point? Abottle or nursing session every three hours, for a total of eight or so feedings per 24-hour period. When he hits this stage, you can try to shift his natural schedule to times that work best for you, says Alan Greene, M.D., author of From First Kicks to First Steps and Feeding Baby Gree/7. But if your tyke hangs on your boob for hours 011 end or nips from a bottle all day long, talk to your pediatrician about gradually increasing the time between feedings so that yourbaby will drink more at each one. Consider offering your little nipper a pacifier in between feedings, too; somebabies sim-plyneed to suck—a lot.

Many moms, though, enjoy the round-the-clock closcncss that demand feeding entails and believe that their babies benefit from their immediate responsiveness, if that's you, there's 110 need to change what you're doing. If you're formula-feeding, just be careful not to overfeed (it's easier for breastfed babies to self-regulate their intake); Dr. Greene's rule of thumb is to offer your baby two to three ounces of formula for every pound of his body weight, up to a maximum of 32 ounces daily.

Bottom line: If yourbaby is crying from hunger, of course you wouldn't deprive him. But if a schedule makes for 4 calmer, happier, more restcdyou, give it a try. Yourbaby needs you at your best.

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