Breast fed babies

Birth-week 3: (Feedings in 24 hours)

From the day a baby is born they will be increasing their feeds very quickly over the first few weeks. With a bottle you can see these changes through their actual amount. After day 5 you will want to aim for 16-18 ounces in the full 24-hour period. This will require a lot of feeds with high frequency. It is not realistic to wait 3-4 hours for a feed when they are this young. There is no real floor time at this age and the activity can be done on your chest. Lay your baby on your chest or tummy and talk to them. Your baby will try hard to lift their head to see you.

Age Day 1-2 Day3-6 Day7-14 Day15-21
Feeds 5ml-7ml per feed 22ml-27ml 45ml-60ml(1.5-2 oz) 90ml-120ml( 3-4 oz)
Frequency of feeds Every 1-2 hours

(10-12 Feeds)

Every 2 hours

(10-12 Feeds)

Every 2 hours

(10-12 Feeds)

Every 2 hours

(10-12 Feeds)

Activity No floor time No floor time No floor time No floor time
Breast-sleeping 20-23 Hours 20-22 Hours 18-20 Hours 16-20 Hours

*Breast-sleeping: A term used by Dr. Mckenna as a sleep style of which a baby is sleeping at the breast and eating. Which is often the type of sleep a baby does in the first few weeks.

30ml=1oz

Week 3-8:

6am Feed

8am Feed

10am Feed

12 pm Feed

2pm Feed

4pm Feed

6pm Feed

8pm Feed

10pm Feed

1 am Feed

4am Feed

  • Floor activity will be ideal a few times a day. Try back floor time and tummy floor time 5-10 minutes at a time
  • Naps will be 20-60 minutes at a time and will happen 5-7 times a day
  • The feeds will range from 2-4 oz at each feed if you substitute a bottle

 

Week 8 to 6months: Sleep training at this age is weight dependent.

For an 8 pound baby:

6am Feed  Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

8am Feed

10am Feed

12 pm Feed .This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

2pm Feed

4pm Feed

6pm Feed . Small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space in order to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed Bedtime. This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

12pm Feed

3 am Feed

  • Floor activity will be ideal a multiple time a day of 10 minutes to 1 hours a day.
  • Naps will be 20-60 minutes at a time and will happen 4-6 times a day
  • Aim for 7-9 feeds a day (not including night feeds)
  • There is a possibility your baby will eat every 2 hours instead of 3 hours once their metabolism has been triggered. For example: 2am Feed (2-4 oz.) and 4am Feed (2.4 oz.)

For a 10 pound baby:

6am Feed. Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

8am Feed

10am Feed

12 pm Feed. This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

2pm Feed

4pm Feed

6pm Feed . small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space in order to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed  Bedtime. This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

2am Feed (2-4oz)

4am Feed (2-4oz)

  • Floor activity will be ideal a multiple time a day of 10 minutes to 1 hours a day.
  • Naps will be 20-60 minutes at a time and will happen 4-6 times a day
  • Aim for7-9 feeds a day ( not including night feeds)
  • Make sure to keep the 4am and 6am feed. It is important not to skip these because 6am must remain the beginning if your day and the baby cannot go from 2am to 6am without a feed.

For a 12-pound baby:

6am Feed  Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

8am Feed

10am Feed

12 pm Feed. This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

2pm Feed

4pm Feed

6pm Feed. small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed Bedtime, This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

4am Feed

  • Floor activity will be ideal a multiple time a day with 6+ hours a day.
  • Naps will be 30 minutes – 1.5 hours at a time and will happen 3-5 times a day
  • Aim for7-9 feeds a day ( not including night feeds)

 

For a 15-pound baby:

6am Feed  Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

8am Feed

10am Feed

12 pm Feed This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

2pm Feed

4pm Feed

6pm Feed small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed Bedtime. This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

4am Feed (2-4oz) this feed you will start as 4 ounces but reduce to 2 ounces to pull more easily with sleep support. You will give the 2 oz as a transition period for 3-5 nights and then will pull the feed completely. This feed has to be a bottle not breast

  • Floor activity will be ideal a multiple time a day with 6+ hours a day.
  • Naps will be 30 minutes – 1.5 hours at a time and will happen 4-3 times a day
  • Aim for7-9 feeds a day ( not including night feeds)

 

6-8 months (based off of a 10 hour schedule of 8pm-6am)

6am Feed Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

9am Feed

12 pm Feed This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

2pm Feed

4pm Feed

5:30 Dinner, introduce a family style dinner to teach food and etiquette.

6pm Feed small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed Bedtime. This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

4am Feed (2-4oz) this feed you will start as 4 ounces but reduce to 2 ounces to pull more easily with sleep support. You will give the 2 oz as a transition period for 3-5 nights and then will pull the feed completely. This feed has to be a bottle not breast

 

  • Floor activity will be ideal a multiple time a day with 6+ hours a day.
  • Naps will be 60 minutes – 2.5 hours at a time and will happen 2-3 times a day
  • Aim for7-9 feeds a day ( not including night feeds)
  • I love a family style dinner but you will need to offer a solid food 4-5 times a day as long as milk still comes first. Offer solid food up to 4 times a day

8-10 months (based off of a 10-hour schedule of 8pm-6am)

6am Feed. Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

Solid- Breakfast

9am Feed

Solid-Snack

12 pm Feed. This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

Solid-lunch

2pm Feed

Solid- Snack

4pm Feed

5:30 Dinner, introduce a family style dinner to teach food and etiquette.

6pm Feed. small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed Bedtime. This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

  • Floor activity will be ideal a multiple time a day with 6+ hours a day.
  • Naps will be 60 minutes – 2.5 hours at a time and will happen 2-3 times a day
  • I love a family style dinner but you will need to offer a solid food 4-5 times a day as long as milk still comes first.

 

1 year-18 months (based off of a 10-hour schedule of 8pm-6am)

6am Feed .Start your day. Morning time will be when you leave the sleep space/nursery. You can cuddle in the family bed or just start your day with diaper, clothes change, conversation, and stimulation. Just leaving the nursery is enough of an environmental change to know it’s not night time anymore.

Solid- Breakfast

9am Feed

Solid-snack

12 pm Feed This will ideally be followed by a nap in the crib

Solid-lunch

2pm Feed

Solid-Snack

4pm Feed

5:30 Dinner, introduce a family style dinner to teach food and etiquette.

6pm Feed. Small cat nap to help support evening fussiness. Don’t do this nap in the sleep space to avoid going into the full night sleep.

8pm Feed Bedtime. This will be a routine of 30-45 minutes of an easily repeatable routine. The feeds, diaper change, pj’s, and song/book will be in the nursery with a calm relaxing beginning to the night helping the transition to night sleep.

 

  • Floor activity will be all day.
  • Naps will be 60 minutes – 2.5 hours at a time and will happen 1-2 times a day
  • I love a family style dinner but you will need to offer a solid food 4-5 times a day as long as milk still comes first.

 

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