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How to Stop Baby from Snacking on the Breast

Does your newborn need to eat more at each feeding? Learn how to stop baby from snacking on the breast and take a full feeding.

You baby seems to be a “snacker.”

She’ll eat for five minutes at a time, but falls asleep at the breast or dribbles milk as she sucks. She seems to want to breastfeed all day instead of every few hours. With all this snacking, you’re worried she’s never full, and that you’re encouraging bad habits of frequent feedings and short sleep.

These frequent feedings also make it really difficult for you to have any sort of life apart from breastfeeding. And of course, nights are difficult when she wakes up every hour at night to eat—for a mere five minutes, of course—before going back to sleep.

How can you get her to eat more when she refuses to do so for very long?

How to stop your baby from snacking on the breast

If you’re in the newborn stage, here’s the first thing I’ll say: snacking on the breast is pretty common.

This is why we hear about feeding on demand, especially since breastmilk digests quickly and newborns have small stomachs. And if you think about it, your baby had a constant flow of nutrients when she was in the womb not too long ago.

If you’re worried she isn’t gaining enough weight, a check-up with the pediatrician can ease your mind. And more than likely, you’ll be able to lengthen her feeding sessions and stretch her sleep the older she gets.

All that said, is there anything you can do to encourage her to eat more at each feeding session, especially over time?

To start, check with your pediatrician and lactation consultant for professional advice. They’ll know your situation best and can customize a plan that works for you. Then, take a look at these tips to gradually stretch her feedings throughout the day and at night:

1. Keep your baby awake during feedings

I thought I found the best secret when I realized that feedings often left my baby fast asleep soon after. “Now I know how to always make him fall asleep!” I said triumphantly.

Except this method had its drawbacks, from creating unsustainable sleep habits to being a human pacifier. And of course, falling asleep usually meant short and frequent feeding sessions.

Instead, try to keep your baby awake during feedings. That way, you’re certain that she’s actually eating and that she eats as long as possible. Stroke her cheek, burp her and switch sides, even change her diaper.

If she still falls asleep, gently wake her up and latch once again to see if she’s willing to keep feeding.

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Feed your baby after wake-up time

Part of the reason your baby snoozes so easily from nursing is that the sucking motion lulls her to sleep. She loves being close to you and might rely on you as a simple way to fall asleep.

But another reason could be her schedule, especially if you feed her right before nap time. She’s already so sleepy by then that feedings could be cut short because she’d rather fall asleep.

Instead, try feeding her after she wakes up, not to fall asleep. For instance, the first feeding can happen after she wakes up for the day. Keep her awake for play time, then, as nap time draws near, encourage her to fall asleep without needing a feed.

Feed her after she wakes up from the nap, and repeat the cycle with play time and another nap. By feeding her after waking up, you run less of a risk that she’ll fall asleep mid-feed.

Here’s how to get your baby to adjust to life outside the womb using a newborn schedule.


Entertain your baby

Want to stretch your baby’s wake time between feedings? See what happens if you find more ways to keep her entertained. There’s a chance that she could be eating frequently simply because of boredom.

Now, if you suspect she’s hungry, then of course you should feed her. After all, at this stage, we want to feed on demand, not on our schedule. But sometimes you can delay her fussiness (and your inclination to feed as a way to soothe that fussiness) by entertaining her instead.

Make a list of her favorite activities, from lying on the play mat to being carried around the house. Make faces at her or play peek-a-boo. Lay her under the mobile or read her a book. You may be able to stretch that wake time long enough and, in doing so, her next feeding session as well.

Get ideas on how to entertain a baby.

4. Offer a pacifier

Does it seem like she nurses as a way to pacify herself? Check with her pediatrician or your lactation consultant about offering a pacifier.

You might be able to break the habit of frequent feedings by offering a pacifier instead, especially when it feels like she just ate not too long ago. She might be needing a way to soothe and suck, which a pacifier can help with.

5. Don’t compare your baby to others

The worst feeling is hearing about other babies the same age as yours (or even younger) who are already eating and feeding in longer hour stretches. You assume that you’re doing something wrong, or that you’re setting yourselves up for sleepless nights.

Remember that all babies truly are different. Just as some toddlers, kids, and adults have small appetites or snack frequently, so too do babies. And your baby might take longer to find her rhythm, which you should respect and cater to at this stage.

And if you’re worried you’ll never sleep, you always have the option to sleep train down the line when she’s older and with your pediatrician’s recommendation. Bear with the frequent feedings and short bursts of sleep for now, knowing it’s only temporary.


There’s no doubt about it: snack feeding at night or throughout the day is not easy on any mom. You want to make sure your baby takes a full feeding, yet she seems to want to breastfeed constantly. Even when she does, she falls asleep within minutes. How can you get her to eat more at each feeding?

Make sure she’s actually awake during feedings, as this makes her more likely to eat than to simply suck. Feed her after she wakes up, instead of to fall asleep, so that she’s less sleepy when she eats. Stretch her wake time by keeping her entertained, especially if you suspect she’s fussy out of boredom.

Offer a pacifier as an alternative to using you to soothe herself. And finally, stop comparing her to other babies whom you already hear are feeding in long stretches. Every baby develops differently, and you can always teach her to self soothe when she’s out of the newborn stage.

Hang in there, mama! You and your little “snacker” will be out of the woods soon.

Get more tips:

  • 4 Reasons Your Baby Never Seems Satisfied After Breastfeeding
  • How to Survive the First Weeks with a Newborn and Toddler
  • Why Dads Should Wake Up for Night Feeds
  • When Does Breastfeeding Finally Stop Hurting?
  • Burping a Newborn After Breastfeeding: Necessary or Not?

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Is your newborn feeding every hour and not sleeping?

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If your newborn is never able to go 2 to 3 hours between feedings, your baby may be snacking all day instead of getting full feedings. Let’s talk about newborns and full feedings.

As a new mom, I thought “feed on demand” meant that I was supposed to feed Ella anytime she cried, no matter the reason. At every whimper, I’d offer a feeding - she would pop on, nurse a bit, and pop off. I didn’t realize that she was snacking instead of getting a full feeding.

In those early days, I didn’t know how to read my newborn’s sleepy cues and so I interpreted every cue as hunger. I didn’t have the tools to help her when she was tired. This was actually leading to poor feedings and a whole lot of snacking. She was feeding every hour and not sleeping. 

Feeding and sleep are so interrelated, which is why I’m so glad to have lactation consultants and counselors on my team. I asked Blakely, an IBCLC on the Taking Cara Babies team, to talk about some of the most common questions surrounding snacking, full feedings, and sleep. I’d love for you to hear from Blakely before we dive into all of the details. 

Why are full feedings so important for babies (and parents)?#

1.  Full feedings lead to a baby who is content between feedings. 

2. Full feedings allow for parents and babies to enjoy active awake time.

3. Full feedings help us respond to hunger needs appropriately instead of assuming every cry is a hunger cry.

4. Full feedings allow for adequate daytime calories which allows for more consolidated sleep at night. Let me show you this example:

5. When nursing, full feedings help babies get the perfect balance of protein and fat that is vital for growth and development. 

For breastfeeding Moms, those first few weeks are establishing your milk supply. Full feedings can help with this because the more milk that is removed, the more milk your body produces.

Is snacking the same as cluster feeding?#

Snacking and cluster feeding are different. There can be times during the day when your baby feeds closer together. This is generally in the late afternoon or evening and is often called cluster feeding. This can be normal for both nursing and bottle fed babies. The difference between cluster feeding and snacking is that snacking is happening all day, whereas cluster feeding happens closer together for a portion of the day.

How do I help my newborn stop eating every hour and prevent constant snacking?#

1. Know what hunger cues look like. 

2. Help your baby stay awake while feeding. Wondering how? Keep reading!

3. Try waiting 15-30 minutes before feeding. She often won’t be hungry enough to eat well if she just ate 45-60 minutes ago. 

4. If you’re bottle feeding and struggling to get more than an ounce or two, consider going up a nipple size.

Should I put my newborn on a feeding schedule?#

No, you shouldn’t. Research shows that it’s important to follow hunger cues instead of a rigid clock schedule. It’s vital that we feed our hungry baby.

How do I keep my baby awake during feedings?#

1. Undress your baby and get her skin-to-skin with you. Skin-to-skin contact encourages sucking and helps keep your baby awake while feeding. This is great for both breast and bottle-fed babies. 

2. Take a quick break and lay him down in the middle of the floor. Sometimes just being away from your warm body will wake him up a bit.

3. Try rubbing a damp cloth on her face and chest.

4. Do a diaper change before a feeding and again half-way through the feeding.

5. Ensure that your baby has a proper latch.

How much should my newborn be eating in 24 hours?#

I know that so many parents want a number, but the answer is truly different for each baby. 

Some questions to ask yourself if you’re concerned that your baby is not getting enough are: 

Is your baby content between feedings?

Is your baby gaining weight and staying on his growth curve?

Is your baby able to go 2-3 hours between feedings?

Talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns.

How do I know if my newborn is full?#

When your newborn is taking full feedings, it can be easier to know if they are truly full after a feeding. Here are some cues that we see when a newborn is full:

  • Her hands are relaxed and open instead of curled into fists.

  • If you lift up his arm, it drops heavily instead of your newborn pulling it back towards his body.

  • Your baby is content at the end of a feeding and able to go 2-3 hours before the next feeding. 

Please know that you might not see all of these each time.

How do I set up a routine with my newborn?#

My First Five Months Bundle will help you do just that: set up a flexible routine that is responsive to your baby's cues. I'll walk you through setting your days and nights up for success as you lay a healthy sleep foundation with no crying involved. Let me show you how to meet your baby right where he or she is developmentally and love the newborn stage.

Be sure to give yourself and your baby grace! You and your baby are both learning together. If your baby is simply not satisfied between feedings and can never go longer than two hours between feedings, please work closely with your lactation consultant and pediatrician. They are your best resource in navigating feeding struggles. My classes are designed to help you learn how to balance those feedings and sleepy cues to help your family thrive and enjoy the newborn stage.

Cara Dumaplin

I’m a mom of four, neonatal nurse, wife of a pediatrician, and a certified pediatric sleep consultant. My passion is teaching parents how to help their babies sleep with the expertise of a nurse and the heart of a mama so they can reclaim the joy of parenthood.

Union of Pediatricians of Russia

Nutrition for children from 1 to 3 years of age

The period from 1 to 3 years of life is a crucial stage in the transition to an adult type of nutrition, which has certain features. In order to ensure that all the necessary nutrients enter the child's body and at the same time prevent an excess of individual nutrients, nutrition should be balanced and varied. nine0003

The daily amount of food for children aged 1 to 1.5 years should be 1000-1200 g, from 1.5 to 3 years - 1200-1500 g, the amount of food in one feeding should not exceed 300-350 ml. The diet consists of three main meals per day and two snacks. It is considered optimal when breakfast is 25% of the total energy density of the diet, lunch is 30–35%, dinner is 20%, and additional meals are about 10%. In general, the child can eat the same food as the rest of the family. nine0003

In the diet of a child of 1–3 years of age , must be present daily: meat of animals or poultry, dairy and sour-milk products, vegetables, fruits, bread, cereals, vegetable and butter; fish and eggs are included in the diet 2-3 times a week.

Cereal products: bread - 2-3 servings per day, cereals and side dishes - 1 time per day
Fruit and/or vegetables: at least 5 times a day
Dairy products: at least 3 servings per day (including those used to make cereals, yoghurts, fermented milk drinks, cottage cheese, infant formula or breast milk). nine0003

Domestic pediatricians recommend, when compiling a diet for children aged 1–3 years, preference should be given to specialized children's dairy products of industrial production that meet high quality requirements and safety indicators for this age. Most children's dairy products are additionally enriched with vitamins and/or minerals and other biologically active components, taking into account the physiological needs of children of this age. At the same time, in foreign recommendations, children over 1 year old are offered the gradual introduction of whole cow's milk, which is rich in fats necessary for proper growth and development, the absorption of vitamins A and D, the development of the brain and nervous system of the child. nine0003

Meat dishes: 2-3 times a day
Fish dishes: 2-3 servings per week
Eggs: 2-3 per week
Dietary fats: 3-4 teaspoons of butter and/or vegetable oils per day

When cooking, use the minimum amount of salt and sugar, and do not add them to industrial products.

Offer your child a variety of foods and let them choose for themselves. Children love to eat on their own, so if possible, offer food that the child can eat with their hands. nine0003

It is important to remember that a baby can choke on pieces of food, so whatever you give your baby should be crushed or cut into small pieces that can be easily chewed.

Do not give to a small child: nuts, whole grapes, cherry tomatoes (unless quartered), whole carrots, seeds (such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds), round candies, legumes, raisins, because a child can eat them choke.

Also in the diet of children of the first 3 years of life should not be present:

Mushrooms; canned snacks, pickled vegetables and fruits
Home canned food
Dry concentrates for side dishes
Hot sauces, mustard, horseradish, pepper, vinegar, mayonnaise
Natural coffee
Juices and drinks in the form of dry concentrates; sweet carbonated drinks
Products containing food additives (flavorings, dyes of artificial origin, including chewing gum), popcorn
Combined fats; cakes and pastries

It is important to remember that children of this age should not be given too spicy and spicy foods.

Optimal nutrition for children aged 7 to 9 months

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Number of meals and amount of food

At this age, breast milk is still the most important food for a baby and provides half of his energy needs. Continue to breastfeed your baby on demand day and night. Solid foods cannot replace breast milk in the first year of life. There is no need for additional feeding of the child with breast milk substitutes, subsequent infant formulas (adapted milk formulas for children older than 6 months), because, being breastfed and receiving varied and timely complementary foods, the baby will be provided with all the necessary nutrients. nine0065

Breastfeed after each feeding.

Basic recommendations for complementary foods:

  1. The optimal time to introduce complementary foods is from the 20th to the 26th week of life.
  2. Volume: The introduction of complementary foods into the child's diet should be gradual. Start with 2-3 tablespoons, gradually increasing to 120 ml with each feeding.
  3. nine0077 Frequency: Give complementary foods 3 times a day.
  4. Consistency: the child should be offered family-friendly products from the common table, mashed to a puree-like consistency. From about 8 months, you can start offering your baby food in pieces.
  5. Variety: try to give a variety of food at each feeding. For example: animal products (meat, eggs and dairy products), cereals (grains), root vegetables (and tubers), legumes, fruits, vegetables rich in vitamin A (carrots, pumpkin, spinach), and others (zucchini, cabbage). nine0096
  6. Animal products must be included in your child's diet. They should be administered as early as possible, given daily. It is necessary to grind them after sufficient heat treatment. Hard-boiled and finely chopped eggs, meat (lean beef and lamb), chicken, turkey and rabbit meat, and fish can be eaten by children even if they have no teeth.
  7. Foods can be mixed: purees and cereals should include a mixture of cereals, vegetables, beans, eggs, fruits, root vegetables and, if possible, rabbit meat, beef, fish, poultry. Milk can be added to cereals. Dense foods are richer in calories and vitamins - their nutritional value for a child is higher than, for example, soups. Children have a high need for energy and nutrients, as well as a small stomach, so the diet should include such dishes that, with a small volume, have a high nutritional value for the child. nine0080
  8. Offer snacks (between meals) such as fruit once or twice a day.
  9. If your baby was exclusively breastfed, water should be started with the introduction of complementary foods. The need for water depends on the age of the child, the number of meals, the amount and type of food. Offer your child water more often, especially after meals! Let's drink it from a cup. In the first year, boiled and chilled water is recommended.
  10. When preparing baby food with oil or butter, use no more than half a teaspoon per day. nine0080
  11. Add one new meal to your child's diet every week.
  12. Focus on the child: be patient and actively encourage him. Don't force your baby to eat. Use a separate plate so that you can see if he ate everything that was offered.
    • Observe your child and respond to his signals. Feed slowly and patiently, at his pace. Try different combinations of foods, flavors and textures to stimulate your child's appetite. Wait until he chews and swallows before offering another portion. nine0080
    • Stop feeding when the baby makes it clear that he has eaten.
    • As the child grows older, he gradually develops the skills necessary for independent eating (taking pieces of food and putting them in his mouth, choosing products, using cutlery).
    • Establish a routine for main meals and snacks. Limit feeding time to 15-20 minutes. During meals, the child should be exclusively in the high chair at the table.
  13. nine0077 Hygiene: Hygiene (cleanliness) is essential to prevent diarrhea and other illnesses in the child. Use clean utensils and utensils when preparing food and feeding. Store food in a safe and clean place in accordance with the terms and rules indicated on them. Remember to follow the basic rules of personal hygiene - wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food and feeding the child, after using the toilet, after performing hygiene procedures and washing the child. Wash your child's hands before eating. nine0080

Products not recommended during the first year of life:

  • Med.
  • Cow's (and also goat's) milk. It is not recommended to give it to children in the first year of life, since its composition does not meet the needs of infants and it can contribute to the development of anemia and allergies. To prepare cereals, you can use a small amount (diluted 1: 1 with boiled water) of cow's milk.
  • Citrus fruits (lemon, orange, mandarin). nine0080
  • Tropical fruits and vegetables.
  • Sweets and pastries.
  • Fried snacks (chips, croutons, snacks), fast foods (fast food).
  • Tea, drinks carbonated and/or with a high content of sugar, dyes.
  • Industrially processed meat products (sausages, sausages).
  • Do not add salt, spices or food additives to baby food. If you use salt when preparing food for your child, add iodized salt. nine0080

Always think about safety: do not give your child peanuts, popcorn, small fruits or whole grapes, pieces of solid food that can choke on.

How to feed your baby

It is important that your baby eat a variety of foods. You can start complementary foods with thick porridge, gradually introducing any one vegetable (pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower or white cabbage) or fruit (apple, pear, plum, banana) puree into it.

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