Breastfeeding Every 2 3 Hours

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fitzerin - October 3

how long should I be feeding every 2-3 hours? When can I expect him to be able to sleep longer. I was told that I shouldn't let him sleep longer than 4 hours without a meal. i just want to know when I can expect to get a little more sleep. BTW he's only 1 1/2 weeks old.

 

DB - October 3

I think around 3-4 weeks is when my dd started going 5 hours of so, then all of a sudden at 6 weeks she slept 8 hours straight and it continued til she was 16 weeks...then..you don't wanna know!! But, I was still feeding her every 2-3 hours during the daytime hours so she got enough to eat. GOod luck.

 

excited2bemama - October 4

I still feed my 4 month old every 2 -3 hours during the day- at night I never let her go more than 6 hours from birth- she always slept a 6 hour stretch at night and still does. I don't think you need to feed every 2-3 hours at night. you can go every 4 at least if you lo will sleep unless you have low supply

 

fifijeep - October 4

I'm in the same boat with my 3 week old ds. He is a gulper and eats for about 10 min tops, usually just emptying one b___st. He wakes every 2-3 hrs like clockwork since birth. I'm trying to get him to go longer between feedings and eat more at each one so he can start sleeping longer stretches, but he seems starved everytime he wakes up! I've tried the 'dreamfeed', where you wake him when hes sleeping to feed him, but he still will wake up when he wants. Let me know if you find any other tips..

 

Cathy2 - October 4

From what I've heard and read, babies can feed every 2-3 hours for as little as 3 weeks or as long as 3 months...but the beauty of b___stfeeding as that your baby will take what it needs and ask for what he needs when he needs it and your body will give him exactly what he needs...My baby girl is 2 weeks old and we are feeding every 2-3 hours for most of the day...then she cluster feeds in the evenings, meaning she eats a "full meal" every hour for 3 or 4 hours in a row (exhausting) but then she sleeps from about 10am-3am, feeds again, then sleeps till 7am...so really she takes in most of her nutrition during the day...you might want to see if you can get your son to eat another meal or two in the evenings so he will sleep a 4 or 5 hour stretch at night...most importanly though, be patient and know that you are doing such a wonderful service to your son by b___stfeeding him!

 

another Karen - October 4

My daughter was 5 pound 6 born and fed every 2 hours for ages. Thing to remember is when they're in the womb the placenta provides constant nutrients, their stomach has no need to be anything more than a tube. It takes a while of regular feeding for it to grow and hold any amount of food.

 

proudmama34 - October 5

I can't say, because my son eats so differently everyday, he never seems to go more than 4 hours w/out eating.. He's almost 6 months old!! He is STILL waking up in the middle of the night, 2 or 3 times to eat, so I'm not one to ask.. I wasn't lucky with a baby that slept through the night at birth!

 

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