Loveland family medicine includes everyone in the family including your newborn baby. Nursing your newborn is always encouraged because of all the health benefits associated with it. New mothers need to realize that a new baby needs 8 – 12 feeding every 24 hours. At about 10 lbs a baby has enough fat cells to carry them over for about 5 hours at night. But they still need to get in about 8 feedings a day.