Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

How often should I feed my newborn baby?

Most newborns feed every 3-4 hours, however some may need to feed as often as every two hours. Expect to feed at least eight times in a 24 hour period. During growth periods, your baby may need to feed more than usual. As formula is slower to digest than breast milk, formula fed babies generally go longer between feeds. Some parent's decide to feed their newborns are regular intervals to help their baby get on a schedule to keep baby fed and avoid meltdowns due to hunger. 

Read this post for more information about how much breast milk or formula babies should drink every 24 hours.

See this blog post for information about when it is appropriate to start sleep training with your baby.