Is It Every 4 Hours Is It Nessecery

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Mandy1984 - June 2

Hey, I have 2 girls age 5 and 2 and I am again 21weeks pregnant, I have been reading up on anything new or prehaps I've forgot in 2 yrs (lol) about newborns. Anywhoo, my 2 girls were only 5lbs 7 and 5lbs 14 when born but both did not wake at night for a feed, I didn't think this was a prob. but have been reading a lot on this forum that babies 'need' fed every 4 hrs, My girls used to get their last bottle between 11pm and 12 and that was them until around 6-7am and that was from birth, They made up for it during the day taking a bottle every 2-3hrs or so, but should I have lifted them? I never considered it before because they took extra during the day I thought that would make up for it, But I have heard A LOT of women say babies need to be fed every 4 hrs, What do you think?


HannahBaby - June 2

When they are home its pretty much an eat as demanded basis (even thought some people eat on a schedule, i dont think its practical) In the hospital they must eat every 3 hours. The doctors and nurses need to make sure that baby can tolerate feedings, maintain weight, and to be sure that baby has no internal blockages.


Mandy1984 - June 2

wow every 3 hrs in the hospital, theres no way i could keep up with that for 5 days (having a section). my 2nd daughter was born at 5.15pm, took a bottle at aroun 7pm and was far too sleepy for a bottle until the next day!! Maybe i am just spoiled lol feed on demand sounds better to me, i guess as long as baby gets at least around 18+oz of milk per day and has wet/dirty nappies he/she should be fine


nic nac - June 2

i fed on demand for the first 2 months. at 3 months my dd developed her own schedule and i created a schedule based on her. she was eating every 3 hours during the day. now she is 5 months and is on a 4 hour schedule. It isn't necessesary to be on a 4 hour schedule until they are 4 months old. And they don't need to be awakened during the night to eat if they are getting enough during the day.


Shanna - June 2

I think if they are sleeping thru the night just fine, than let them sleep. Baby will let you know when they want to eat! We had to wake up our dd every 3 hours to eat at first, she was born 5 weeks early and all she wanted to do was sleep. Now that she is a bit older, she lets us know when shes hungry, she'll eat about every 4 hours.


km - June 2

I say to let the baby tell you at night when he/she is hungry. My son uses a paci and since his 7th week, I'll give him that when he wakes up in the middle of the night. If he were starving, he'd let me know!


Rabbits07 - June 2

All of my babies were sleepy and lazy eaters. With my last baby (ds, 8 weeks old) he only nursed maybe 4 times while we were in the hospital and then it would only be for 2-3 minutes. The nurse would bring him in every 3 hours and tell me to try to wake him to nurse, but that was not always easier. I used to worry, but I've had enough now to know that is just how my babies are. Ds had plenty of wet diapers in the hospital so they said it was all right. One nurse there is an older lady that has been there when I had every one of mine and she even made the comment that all the others had been that way and they were fine. After a couple of weeks they would start waking better and more often. I woke Mason during the day if it went over 4-5 hours in the first couple of weeks to make sure he got in the minimum 8 feedings because sometimes he would just make the 8. I think alot of women say to wake them in the beginning to establish your milk supply if you b___stfeed. Even as little as mine nurse I always had plenty of milk, but some women have trouble keeping their supply up...I guess it is dependent on the woman. If your other babies faired fine with the way they were fed, then obviously it was okay for them. I've never seen a healthy baby starve itself to death by not waking to eat anyway. IMO if a baby is not waking up to eat enough to the point that it starves to death then something is wrong with that baby anyway.


Rabbits07 - June 2

What I mean is that baby has some kind of health or developmental problem...I reread that and worried that it sounded smart-alecky.


Jodi - June 5

my ped said that they don't like to let a newborn go more than 5-6hours, but if your girls are fine now, i'm sure everthing is okay. I imagine you had mentioned it at one of their appointments at one time and if the doctor wasn't concerned i wouldn't worry about it too much. you know your own child, just consider yourself lucky, this baby may not do that.... good luck!


Sarahsmommy - June 7

I think that 6 hours with a baby at night is fine. I don't know that I would let them go longer then that. And I truely believe that unless you have a "sleepy" baby like I did they will wake up if they are hungrary.


HannahBaby - June 7

The hospital i worked at were strict with feedings. The baby had to eat within an hour of being born and every 3 hours (even in the middle of the night) after that.



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