Feed your baby on demand. Not stopwatch can tell you accurately when your baby is hungry. The best you’ll get is a rough estimate.
A newborn should feed at least eight to 12 times per day, this brings it to every 2-3 hour interval. Feeding patterns vary widely from baby to baby, however, so you might need to nurse a little more or less frequently.
Don’t panic if you friend’s formula fed baby sleeps for hours already. Breastmilk is more easily digested than infant formula, allowing the tummies of nursing babies to empty faster and thirst for more sooner.
Signs baby’s hungry
Crying is usually the last hunger cue. Don’t wait for tears; by then, your little one may be very hungry.
Your baby is hungry if;
1. She’s nuzzling against your breasts sucking furiously on that little baby hand (or your shirt, or your arm)Opening her mouth.
2. She’s Rooting: If she opens her mouth and turns her head to the side with her mouth open to find the food source, often after her cheek is stroked.
3. Sucking on her lip or tongue (which can look like she’s sticking her tongue out)Making lip-smacking sounds she does cry, it will typically be a short, low-pitched well that rises and falls.