The recommended gap between breastfeeding or bottle feeding can vary depending on the age of the baby. Here are some general guidelines:
Newborns (0-3 months): Newborn babies have smaller stomachs and need to feed more frequently. It is recommended to breastfeed or offer a bottle every 2-3 hours, or whenever the baby shows hunger cues (such as rooting, sucking on their hands, or crying). During the night, newborns may need to be fed more frequently, typically every 2-4 hours.
Infants (4-6 months): As babies grow, they can start to go longer between feedings, and the gap between breastfeeding or bottle feedings can gradually increase. Many infants continue to feed every 2-3 hours during the day, but they may begin to sleep for longer stretches at night without needing to be fed.
Babies (6+ months): By 6 months of age, many babies are ready to start solid foods alongside breast milk or formula. As solid foods are introduced, the frequency and gap between breastfeeding or bottle feeding may change. Breastfeeding or offering a bottle every 3-4 hours is common during this stage, but it can vary depending on the baby’s appetite and individual needs.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and each baby is unique. It’s best to follow your baby’s cues for hunger and fullness, as they are the best indicators of when they need to be fed. It’s also essential to consult with your pediatrician or a lactation consultant for personalized advice and guidance regarding your baby’s feeding schedule and needs.