First week of the child
If you breastfeed your child, try to put your child on your breast every 3 to 4 hours. Of course, you are allowed to do this earlier if the child indicates that it wants to drink (awake, smacking noises, tongue out of its mouth, searching movements with its head). In the beginning it is perfectly normal for the child to drink 10 to 12 times a day. Breastfeeding works on the basis of supply and demand. The more often the child drinks, the more milk will be produced.
If you give formula, the first day you can offer your child 10 to 20 ml every 3 to 4 hours. This amounts will gradually be increased in the following days.
For more information read the brochure 'Screening tests for new born babies'.