Do you wake your baby to feed him/her?

Bronwyn - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Do you think that one should wake one's baby to feed him/her, in order to stick to your routine, or should one let them sleep?

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Christine - posted on 12/08/2009

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If you are developing the routine (say in the first month of it) might be a good idea to wake them up. Once you have the routine set one day won't throw them off. Keep an eye out for days where the baby may sleep too much during the day though, waking them up to feed them can help them sleep better at night. Which is when we all wish they sleep the best. :-) I am really strict about my routine, but now my kids have had it for quite some while so a day here or there that isn't prefect doesn't matter, the next day they continue the routine.

Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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I will wake my baby if he goes more than 1 hour past his normal feed time during the day, i think regular daytime feeds helps with nightime sleep, otherwise you risk dropping a feed during the day and having bub wake at night. If you consistently have to wake bub then I'd consider changing your routine.

Mallory - posted on 12/10/2009

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i let my little guy sleep. it means more rest for the both of us. he'll let me know when he wants something to eat.

Christine - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Suzanne:

My 3-month old is sleeping right through the night and has been doing so for several weeks now. I think the reason baby healthcare practitioners want us to wake the baby for feedings is to allow our bodies to keep the milk supply up (if you're breast feeding). The way I get around this is by pumping. I routinely put my baby to sleep by 9 or 10pm with one good feed right before he goes down, usually by expressed milk bottle (this way he gets a 'good' feeding -- can't use the excuse that he's still hungry!). I will then pump right before I go to sleep around 11pm. In order to keep the milk supply ample, I get myself up at 3:30 or 4am to pump again. I have a very good Medela pump and can empty my breasts within 15 minutes, as opposed to the hour long process of waking the baby, changing his diaper, feeding him for 30 minutes, changing his diaper again, and then trying to get him back to sleep. The next time I get up is when the baby awakes in the morning usually around 8am. I've had a good nights sleep and so has the baby. This seems to working quite well for me, and by pumping before I go to sleep and once during the night, my milk supply is really good. Hope that helps.



Oooo I envy you! We were blessed with a few 5-6 hour stretches a while back, but from 12 weeks onwards my little guy wakes about every 3 hours, sometimes 4, during the night to feed. I'm BF'ing him and we co-sleep, so the proximity of the food supply to him (plus the yummy smell of warm boobies I'm sure) gets him to wake up?? I actually just put him in a diaper one size larger than his normal diapers at about 8 pm, and that lasts him until 6 am without a change. It's very full for sure, but no leaks, and we don't have to get up in the middle of the night to wake/ change then try to coax him back to sleep.  I can't wait till he sleeps 6 hours at a stretch again.....

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Julie - posted on 03/04/2013

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I stop wakening my daughter for feedings but she is 6 weeks old and I am worried she is not getting the right amount to eat, She will take 4 oz most of the time but then sometimes only take 3 to 3 1/2 oz should I be worried she seems to have a good amount of wet diapers a day ?

Jessica - posted on 12/10/2009

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No, I don't. Baby will wake up when they are hungry! Also, our doctor told us that the only time to wake baby up to feed her is if six hours have gone by between feedings. The doctor only said to do this for the first three months... Our four month old daughter is on a fabulous schedule!

Maydeen - posted on 12/10/2009

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i dont have a job so i just let my baby go on his own schudule. If you have a job and need him on schedule i think you should try...but they wont eat unless they want too anyway...

Rosa - posted on 12/05/2009

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When my son was born the nurse told me to wake him to feed to keep a schedule.But when I spoke to my doctor he said "why would you bother a sleeping baby?"Babies have the same responses we do, we eat when we are hungry and your baby will let you know when he or she wants to eat.I let my baby make his own routine when it comes to his hunger.Hope this helps you out. :)

Rachel - posted on 12/05/2009

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Let him sleep. My Ped. told me (though i knew this before hand) Your Dr. in the hospital prob. told you to wake the baby every 3 hrs to eat. TOTALLY disregard that advice. Your baby knows when it's hungry it will wake you and if you don't hear him he will yell louder. Waking him up is training him to wake up because you said so not because he's hungry.

Shelly - posted on 12/04/2009

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i dont wake my little man...he will let me know when hes hungry, thats usually the only time he cries. in the beginning *the first month* i would wake him bc i was breastfeeding, but now he is on formula and he sleeps through the night 8-10 hours...its great!

Krystal - posted on 12/02/2009

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my baby has slept through the noght since he was a week old and ive never woke him for a feed. he lets me know when hes hungry. he just eats more during the day. and hes a very healthy weight.

Christine - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Hazel:

Christine my little one is the same 3-4 hours. I co-sleep in the mornings after 5am as well, its so much easier to feed and snuggle at the same time.



Isn't the snuggling just SOOO nice? It's my favorite time of day, those early hours when he sort of wakes, smiles at me, we coo at each other, he eats, then hopefully falls asleep for those last 2 hours of bliss (for me) ...... all warm and cuddly, and his little hands grasp at my shirt or I hold his hand...... no wonder ladies keep having babies, to keep those newborn moments going!

Hazel - posted on 12/01/2009

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Christine my little one is the same 3-4 hours. I co-sleep in the mornings after 5am as well, its so much easier to feed and snuggle at the same time.

Hazel - posted on 12/01/2009

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No, I would never wake a bub to feed, let them tell you when they are hungry/thirsty :-) xxx

Suzanne - posted on 12/01/2009

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My 3-month old is sleeping right through the night and has been doing so for several weeks now. I think the reason baby healthcare practitioners want us to wake the baby for feedings is to allow our bodies to keep the milk supply up (if you're breast feeding). The way I get around this is by pumping. I routinely put my baby to sleep by 9 or 10pm with one good feed right before he goes down, usually by expressed milk bottle (this way he gets a 'good' feeding -- can't use the excuse that he's still hungry!). I will then pump right before I go to sleep around 11pm. In order to keep the milk supply ample, I get myself up at 3:30 or 4am to pump again. I have a very good Medela pump and can empty my breasts within 15 minutes, as opposed to the hour long process of waking the baby, changing his diaper, feeding him for 30 minutes, changing his diaper again, and then trying to get him back to sleep. The next time I get up is when the baby awakes in the morning usually around 8am. I've had a good nights sleep and so has the baby. This seems to working quite well for me, and by pumping before I go to sleep and once during the night, my milk supply is really good. Hope that helps.

Phillipa - posted on 12/01/2009

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Hi there chuck, I would say just let him/her sleep, he/she will wake up when hungry, its just like us if we are hungry then we eat but if we are tired then we sleep also I think if you wake a baby for a feed when he/she is sleeping he/she is not guarrented to even be hungry and may not have a good full feed anyway . No need to wake him/her you should get rest too whilst he/she is sleeping hope this helps phillipa x

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