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Why do newborns wake up so often?

A newborn baby's stomach is very small - about the size of a marble at birth. Because of this, even a fully-fed baby cannot hold enough food to sustain them for more than a few hours. Thus, infants need to wake up every one to three hours in order to feed again.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Insomnia (sleep problems)

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