Feeding Too Often

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pregnant76 - September 23

My DD is 12 weeks old and I feed her expressed br___t milk. We usually feed her 4 oz every 2-3 hours (more like every 2). My DH thinks that she needs to go longer btw feedings and thats why she wakes up every 3 hours at night to feed.

 

Gretta - September 23

Breast fed babies do well with more frequent feedings. A 12 week old baby is waking up because they are truely hungry. I think they say a baby can go 6 straight hours through the night once they are over 10 lbs but again every baby is different. You might want to try giving her a few more ounces or cluster feeding her at night and or slip in a dream feed before you go to bed. She will sleep through when she is ready in my opinion.

 

excited2bemama - September 23

Actually- I think the opposite is true- The more you feed her during the day the more likely she may be able to go longer at night. every 2-3 hours is not bad at all- My lo (b___stfed) at 3.5 months- still wants to eat every 1.5-3 hours most of the time during the day (except when she takes her long afternoon nap) and mostly its every1.5 hours. She slept a 4-6 hour stretch of time at night from birth- but every baby is different. Babies don't feed according to the clock- ESPECIALLY b___st fed babies. Feed your lo when she is hungry. Like Gretta said you might also try to cluster feed inthe evenings- feed ever 1-1.5 or 2 hours before bed to bulk her up.

 

pregnantjackie - September 24

My son eats more than that and he is 4 weeks old. She is probably going through a growth spurt and needs the milk, like the two posters above me said.

 

squished - September 24

MIMI....I'm going through the same thing with our ds. He's eating 4-5 ounces of formula every 3 hours during the day (sometimes a little longer) and he has just in the last 2 weeks started going 4 hours at night. I don't know what to do to get him to sleep longer either. Sometimes I wonder if it's habit that's waking him up. Somewhere I read it said that if they are only eating a couple of ounces at night feeds then it's habit. If they eat more then they are hungry. I started reswaddling and giving Z his paci and he'll sleep longer before he's actually up to eat. If you guys figure anything out please tell me :) Oh yeah, thanks for the advice on the mylicon thing!

 

DB - September 25

That's perfectly normal to me...My dd (bf) was the same way until she started solids at 4.5 months...then she started to go longer between feedings, although at 6 weeks she slept through the night, but she always nursed every 2-3 hours all day long til bedtime. It will change soon enough!

 

slackette - September 26

My LO feeds every 2 to 2.5 hours during the day, so I think that is normal for b___stfed babies. He was doing the same during the night (sometimes going up to 3 hours) until I re-discovered swaddling. I make sure he is good and swaddled before I put him down for the night and he sleeps for 4 to 4.5 hour stretches. Its been awesome getting that extra hour or two of sleep. I think the swaddling keeps him in such a deep sleep that he can go that extra time until he is starving. Mimi, weren't you going to buy the Miracle blanket? Thats a type of swaddler, right? I would say try that to see if it works....GL!

 

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