Breastfeeding after birth is a task on its own! Maintaining a schedule with newborn babies; even more so. Make sure the baby isn’t getting overtired by putting them to sleep at the 45-minute mark. In a perfect world, they will sleep for 2 to 4 hours, and then wake up for their next feed. This should buy you some time to get some much-needed rest! Ideally, newborn babies should be feeding about 8 to 12 times a day, but it depends a lot on their hunger. For the first few weeks, you will be feeding on demand. At first, you may feel like you are nursing around the clock, especially with babies feeding on demand. Also, they may take quite long to feed (around 20 minutes) as they learn to latch on, and your let down reflex is stimulated. That is completely normal, because by 1-2 months, your baby will be feeding only 7 to 9 times in a day, and your breast milk will also come easier. These feeds will be more efficient as the baby should take around 10 minutes to finish feeding.
Here’s a basic feeding schedule for the first year:
0-2 months – Every 2 to 3 hours
2-4 months – Every 3 to 4 hours
4-6 months – Every 4 to 5 hours
6+ months - Every 4 to 5 hours