how often ??
Jayme-Lee - posted on 05/08/2010
My little boy is 11.5wks old. He feeds anywhere generally between 2-3 hours during the day. At night he goes to bed at 6pm and is now sleeping through till at least 5am. providing they are feeding properly and for long enough so they get a full belly (as mentioned above) then they should be able to regulate better. I have also been told that when they go through growth spurts they also feed alot more frequently.
Stephanie - posted on 05/06/2010
my midwife told me there are 2 parts 2 ur milk... the first is more water based to clench there thirst then the 2nd bit is the more filling milk tha fills them up... if ur baby feeds n wnts more within tha same hour give ur baby the same brest n then he/she might get more ov tha filling milk n be more full.... if its gettin 2 much then theres a milk u cn give as a top up called aptimal (dno if i spelt it write) but give it after uv feed him/her on ur breast.... plus iv bin told that the more ur baby feeds in the day the more it cn help keep the goin through the night... just think that our babys r just lil people so they will sort ov do similer things to what we do like hw we eat through the day n not ov a night.... hope it helps x
Cheryl - posted on 05/05/2010
All of my babies were exclusively breast fed on demand. Whenever my babies acted hungry, they got fed; I let them set the pace and frequency. I just wanted to mention though that with both of my previous daughters and now my youngest one (13 weeks) somewhere in the middle of their second month their appetites changed as well as their sleeping habits and they started drooling buckets. With my oldest and youngest daughters their appetites diminished a lot and with my middle daughter her appetite became ravenous! With my oldest I was wondering if she might be teething so I treated her gums with infant Orajel and it helped her sleep and eat better again. Even though neither of the first two got their fist teeth until 9 months or so (Mariah still does not have any) they "teethed" off and on from 2 months up.
Natalie - posted on 05/05/2010
I too was unsure about how much my little girl (whose now 10 wks) should be feeding & for how long. But she lets me know when she's ready! It can vary from 4-5 hrs in the morning to every 1 1/2 - 2 hours in the evening! And each feed length varies from 10 mins - 25mins
Stephani - posted on 05/03/2010
My tidbit must be the most gluttonous baby ever. We feed on demand, and she never waits 2.5 hours to demand more! I sometimes walk her in her sling, too, to distract her. But my dr and midwife both say I can't feed her too much, and everyone says she the happiest, most content baby they've met. We may adjust when she's a little older, but for now (12 weeks) I let her set the pace.
Jayne - posted on 05/03/2010
yeh annie :) thats what i was going to say, it's a growth spurt probably
you could also try going for a walk if you feel like bub really doesnt need food and is just needing comfort. sometimes with my daughter when nothing will work (except boob, that never fails) she really likes being put in a baby carrier and going for a walk. it distracts her or something. and gives my nipples a rest :)
Just remember that at about 12 weeks, your baby will be going through a growth spurt. My son nurses about once every 2.5-3 hours a day, but for the past two days, he's been eating almost every 2 hours and been fussy in between. If your baby is not content after nursing, or is not gaining weight or wetting enough diapers, you may need to visit a lactation consultant.
Amy - posted on 04/30/2010
My son nurses between every 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 hours. Usually it's closer to 2 1/2 (it's rare that he goes longer than 3). He goes to bed around 8:30, then I wake him up to feed him around 11:00 or 11:30 when I go to bed, and he sleeps 7-8 from then. Then I feed him (usually around 6:30 or 7:00), and he sleeps until I wake him up at around 10:00. Then he eats, plays for about 45 minutes to an hour, then sleeps for about an hour and a half, then wakes up, plays, then sleeps, etc. It's the babywise routine. He's putting on weight really well, and sleeps for a long time at night. And he always takes full feedings, so he's always getting the rich, fatty hindmilk. I fed my first one on demand, anywhere from every hour to ever 3-4 hours. It was never regular, and he was SOOO slow to gain weight. I'm pretty sure it's because he was nursing too often, so he never was hungry enough to get a full feeding, so he never got the hindmilk. He was getting a lot of milk, but it was the foremilk that is lower in fat and calories.
Kimberly - posted on 04/30/2010
Well hello, I am new here I have 5 kids the newest one is 2 mo 3weeks 3days ( LOL ) anyway I was reading your alls post and I exclusively breastfeed also, sometimes I don't know thathe gets enough when he only feeds on one side for 5 or less min. and it was his feeding time ( at 3 hours ) What the Dr's say as long as the babies are giving you wet/poopies diapers trough out the day then they are getting enough and gaining wieght. Your baby will let you know when he/she is hungry and they will eat as much as they need too. I hope this helps.
Eva-May - posted on 04/29/2010
Thanks...I just find I spend most of my day breastfeeding him .... and he isnt sleeping much... only about 1/2 hour and at night he has started to wake up alot more lately...just wondering if it was normal or if he isnt getting enough milk!!
As often as he needs it. My little girl (12 weeks Monday) Feeds any where between 2 hours and 4 hours during the day (he last feed is at 7.30ish) and then sleeps until between 4am and 6am (depending on when she falls asleep, I count myself v.lucky that she sleeps that long) Some days she feeds more than others because of growth spurts. I just let her take the lead. Hope that helps at all x
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