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madison - April 16th, 2007 2:45 PM

my dd is 4 weeks old and is just about 7 lbs now and eats every 3 hours like clockwork. about when will the feedings go to about 4 or 5 hours? i am a new mom! oh, she is formula fed, too.


ILoveMyFam - April 16th, 2007 3:56 PM

My dd is almost 5 months old and still eats every 3 hours! She's breastfed though!


skn331 - April 16th, 2007 4:10 PM

feed her when she is hungry! You dont wait 4 or 5 hours to have a drink, do you? Remember that a bottle or a breast is a snack, meal and drink for your babe.


hthab - April 16th, 2007 4:16 PM

My ds is 15 weeks old, and for about the past 2 weeks, he typically goes about 3.5 hours between feedings during the day. He's breastfed.


mamagoose - April 16th, 2007 4:34 PM

I also feed ds on demand... but if you're wondering when he might start going longer between feedings, I've read that around 4 months, some babies start feeding every 3.5 - 4 hours, and about 6 hours at night.... but that being said, I'm in favour of feeding baby when he's hungry... I'd never make him wait just to suit a schedule.


srigles - April 16th, 2007 4:35 PM

My son is 5 1/2 months and formula-fed, and I think he was about 8 weeks or so when he started to increase the time between feedings.


mommybabyboy21 - April 16th, 2007 4:44 PM

ok, this may sound like a stupid question...so I didn't want to start a whole thread on it...but it is contected to this topic...when you say your baby eats every 3 hours, how do you messure the time...is it three hours for when she finished the bottle or 3 hours from when she started? I know with contractions it goes from start to start, but what about feedings??? Sorry this probably sounds really dumb?


hthab - April 16th, 2007 4:48 PM

I measure the time span from start of the first feeding to start of the second feeding.


madison - April 16th, 2007 5:46 PM

mommybabyboy, its about 3 hours from the start of one feeding to the next and we dont deny her when she's hungry- sometimes its 2 or 2 and a half hours she's hungry, but for the most part she wants to eat at 3 hours. i was just wondering when do most babies go longer between their feedings. my friend's baby was eating every 5 hours at night at about 6 weeks but was also a much bigger baby, so i was wanting to see when most babies go 4-5 hours to eat, or at night, anyway. i guess i should have asked when do most infants start to extend their nighttime feedings and start sleeping longer periods of time instead...


eclipse - April 16th, 2007 5:58 PM

My son is 5 months old and eats between every 3 to every 5 hours during the day, and then goes 8 or more hours at night. Don't worry about it, feed her when she is hungry-she will stretch out soon enough and usually the nights go first. Plus, if she is in a growth spurt, she will eat more frequently.


DDT - April 16th, 2007 6:05 PM

My ds is 8.5 weeks old now and feeds every 3-31/2 hours during the day (formula-fed). At night, only recently, he started feeding every 4-5 hours. I don't make him wait...he has kind of set his own feeding schedule. Sometimes I have to initiate the feeding when 31/2 hours has gone by because he doesn't really cry much to be feed so I have a hard time "reading" if he's hungry or not.


madison - April 16th, 2007 7:26 PM

guess i am just wondering when she will "sleep" through the night and not be hungry every 3 hours at night. everyone's baby is different i know and she is only 4 weeks so i need to be patient!


hthab - April 16th, 2007 7:35 PM

The sleeping through the night thing is frustrating for me. My ds eats at 7pm, goes to sleep, then usually wakes up around midnight and 4am to eat. One book I read said that this is totally normal until 9 months. Another book I read said that by 4 months, they should be able to go for an 8 hour stretch at night without eating. I can't believe that I've gone through this for 15 weeks, and I can't wait to get a full night's sleep. Good luck to you!


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