Definition of full-feed : to feed (an animal) to the full extent of its needsDo You Encourage your baby to take a full feed?
Encouraging a baby to take a full feed, especially a very sleepy newborn or a preoccupied older baby, can take a lot of work and require a lot of perseverance. So why keep at it? Why does it even matter?What does it mean when baby is feeding every hour?
If baby is feeding every hour two and taking these feeds seriously – full feeds – then it’s likely a growth spurt or milk supply issue. Or if baby is trying to feed every hour or two and only feeding for five minutes here or there, it’s not likely a growth spurt.When do babies transition to a full feeding?
Babywise says that "mothers who work to get a full feeding during the first week have babies who naturally transition into a consistent 2 1/2-to 3-hour routine within seven to ten days" (p.77). This compares to many babies that get into the habit of frequent snacking, or small feeds, throughout the day.