Can You Train a Baby to Go Longer Between Feedings?

Janine - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 3 Month Old is eating every two hours unless she sleeps between feedings, then it can go longer...Is anyone else experiencing this? I just thought by now she may be able to go longer. Also when I pump she gets a 4oz bottle and won't drink anymore than that.

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Janine - posted on 12/18/2009

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She has one that she will take once in a while. This is the 7th one I tried and I had even tried the ones from the hospital and no go.

Terra - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Janine:

Thanks for the comments ladies. Pasiley does not take a Pacifier very well. I have tried so it would hold her over for a bit longer as she has sucked her fingers from birth. Sometimes when she is tired she will take it. I will trying stretching them out.


what kind of pacifier do you use maybe you just need a different kind my daughter takes the pacifiers that are all rubber and they are normally the ones hopitals give out they form to her mouth I ordered it from www.preemies.com

Janine - posted on 12/17/2009

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Thanks for the comments ladies. Pasiley does not take a Pacifier very well. I have tried so it would hold her over for a bit longer as she has sucked her fingers from birth. Sometimes when she is tired she will take it. I will trying stretching them out.

Kelly - posted on 12/16/2009

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Janine, there is most likely 2 different things going on here. First, babies nurse/eat both for hunger and for comfort. In that respect, I agree with Brigitte about using the dummy/pacifier. I use one for my daughter, as I did with my son. The trick is learning the hunger cues from the needing comfort cues.

The other thing at work is that right around this age, they start gearing up for growth spurts. So, regardless of any "training," at this age they are going to want to eat a lot and often as they get ready to grow.

Try the pacifier to give yourself a break in between feedings, but I think you're going to just need a lot of patience while she goes through this phase. And I do understand, my daughter was just camped out on boob for an hour ;)

Brigette - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old & feeds every four hours. I had to train her to do that but it means that now I can get stuff done & its not so demanding on me.
The first couple of days training her were hard but I found using a dummie helped extend her out, half the time she wasn't hungry she just wanted the comfort of the sucking. Don't go straight to four hours, slowly extend each feed time out, do things like bathing, taking longer to change etc. Make sure you give lots of cuddles too.
Feeding every four hours also helped with her colic as it allows time for the wind to come up.
They learn pretty quickly to drink lots when its feed time.
Sometimes I feed in between but only when she is really grizzly or I know that she didn't feed properly the time before but will still try extending her out as long as I can without letting her get worked up.

Crystal - posted on 12/16/2009

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I followed the Save Our Sleep routine and that asked of a 4 hour break between feeds for my (bottle fed)baby. She struggled, and seemed so hungry after about 2 and a half hours but I did it. She managed.. I have now taken her off the routine and feed her more on demand, ensuring I have at least 3 hours between feeds to ensure her milk has time to digest..



It is hard the first few feeds but she got used to it really quickly! They learn to feed more when the milk comes..



I did notice that I was overfeeding her and signs that I thought were hunger probably weren't.. not saying that is happening with you, just something to watch out for..

Teresa - posted on 12/15/2009

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I have the same issue!!!! I am formula feeding my daughter (she didn't like the breast milk - go figure). I thought that the formula is supposed to make them fuller than breast milk, but I feed her 3, sometimes 4 ounces and I have to feed her again in 1.5 to 2 hours later. I just think that she is a hungry baby. If I go to shopping or run some errands, she sleeps through it and I can get what I need to get done. But if we are at home, I feel like I am constantly feeding her!

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