A set eating schedule?

Kendra - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son was born on oct 1st. When we first brought him home, he was eating every two hours. As time went on, his eating habits became unpredictable. He will now eat about 6 -12 ounces every couple hours. If he takes a nap, he will want it a bit later. Sometimes he will even want it every hour, but only about 4 ounces. The doctor said as long as he isn't spitting it up then go ahead and feed him if thats what he wants. We don't try to give him food unless he is rooting around or sucking his fingers like a crazy little man. We have tried to put off some feedings but distracting him with play but he screams. Is it ok that he isn't set on a sechedule? At night he is. 3am he wants four ounces.

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Lise - posted on 01/05/2010

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I've heard that babies stomachs aren't ready for set schedules until 2, but just in talking to moms (not doctors or anything). My LO may not be hungry one minute, but is STARVING the next. Just follow his cues!

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2010

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I had my first on a schedule and my 2nd baby I don't. I realized that my first was starving and fussy because I put her on a schedule. My 2nd baby I feed when she wakes up from her nap - regardless of if it's 2 hours or 3 since the last feeding. It seems to make her awake time more personable and fun. I figure within a few months when her naps synchronize a bit more her feeding will as well. Until then I plan to feed when she's hungry or wakes up.

The amount I don't worry about. My dr. once told me - if you were breastfeeding you would never know how much your child is getting so don't worry about the amount of ounces she gets from a bottle.

Kayla - posted on 01/04/2010

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My little man doesnt have a set eating schedule, he is breastfed though. He pretty much just eats every two hours but it changes on some days. Some days we can spend it with him eating ALL day and night. At nights he seems to have a more set schedule. I would say that not being on a schedule is fine as long as he is gaining weight and is healthy.

Andrea - posted on 01/04/2010

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I don't see why it would be a problem. We don't necessarily eat on a schedule. As long as he's getting gaining weight and happy, I'd think he's fine!

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