Feeding Every 3 4 Or 5 Hours When To Change

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madison - April 16

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 16

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


skn331 - April 16

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 b___st is a snack, meal and drink for your babe.


hthab - April 16

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 b___stfed.


mamagoose - April 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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


madison - April 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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 16

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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