For the nursing Moms
Yvette - posted on 05/07/2011
My baby feeds every 2 hours during the day most of the time. We have finally graduated from 1hr/1.5hrly feeds. She goes most nights for 4 hours before she wakes for a feed. You can't over feed a breastfed baby and as long as your baby seems happy, settled, is soaking atleast 4-6 nappies daily and is gaining weight, you are feeding enough. I don't believe its a bad thing to let your baby use you for comfort, as thats what we are created to do. Its built in to your baby to seek you for comfort and food, both at the breast. I think its silly to give a baby a fake nipple for comfort, instead of providing comfort with your own body, as a mother is created to do. Its the most natural thing to do. Pacifiers create habits, and if my daughter wants me to make her feel loved and safe at my breast, then I will do that as it is what I'm here for and its not an inconvenience. Breastfeeding can be hard work, but is so rewarding. Don't fear overfeeding, only worry about underfeeding due to 'convenience'.
Alissa - posted on 04/23/2011
Hmmm i have heard of babies just prefering one side over the other...that I would say to ask a Lactation consultant about. You should be able to just phone the department where you delivered at and ask them for free. As far as the using you to soothe that can be a bad habit to break later on. If you feel your nursing is going well, at least on the side he prefers you could try using a pacifier to soothe.
Meghan - posted on 04/22/2011
Amy- don't worry, they wont eat if they aren't hungry. And if they eat "too much" they will spit it back up. I don't really think you can over feed a baby. However, if he is just looking for a few sips to fall asleep, you might not want to encourage that habit, it can be tricky to break later on. You don't want to be a human pacifier. Good luck!
Shantia - posted on 04/21/2011
I go by when she says she hungry...she likes to clutter feed now so she eats and falls asleep wakes up in 10 to 20 minutes and eats again. On demand works good sometimes they want to sleep longer. Just dont go past 4hrs.when my daughter doesn't clutter feed she eats every 2 or 3hrs and every 4 hrs at night.
Amy - posted on 04/19/2011
Well my issue is that he is not naping as long as he use to and only will eat from one side. Not sure if its normal or not. I am feeing when he is acting hungery normaly if looking for something to suck on and nothing is consoling him. I keep an eye on how long its been to. I was just curious based on the fact I don't want to make him eat if he is not all that hungry.
Janet - posted on 04/19/2011
I mostly do on demand, but sometimes I make him wait a bit, I have a 21 mo daughter and have to tend to her needs as well.
Most days he feeds every 3ish hours and at night he eats his last "meal" about 10pm and then will sleep till about 5am and then sleep till about 8am.
I agree with the others as long as your baby is gaining weight everything is fine, my son was born at 8lb8oz March 2 and is now over 14lbs!!!
Meghan - posted on 04/19/2011
I would say as long as the baby is gaining weight, you can go with what ever the baby wants. For me, I nursed my first child on demand, but never made enough milk, so he literally nurse constantly. He would nurse for like 20 minutes, fall asleep for 30-45 minutes and wake up and want to nurse again. It was exhausting.
So with my daughter, we were doing every 2 hours from day 1. She was doing that pretty consistently, and doing about 3-4 hours at night. Then she hit her 3 week growth spurt and went back down to 2ish hours. We are coming out of that now and are back to 3 hours. My dr told me that the rule of thumb is that they have the stomach capacity and metabolism to go the same amount of hours as they are weeks old. So at 4 weeks, they could go 4 hours. That's not to say they have to, but they could if you pushed them.
At this point, they are still very young, so I wouldn't worry about it. If the baby keeps going at that rate and doesn't seem to be going any longer, you might want to try stretching the feedings.
Alissa - posted on 04/18/2011
I nurse on demand and just read my little girl's hungry ques. She is every 2 to 3 hours during the day. Has her night feeding around 10pm and will wake up again at 4am and then won't wake up to eat again until 8am when we start our day.
Jasmine - posted on 04/18/2011
reading the responses make me wonder. My son eats b4 he goes to sleep around 10 and wakes up once a night like at 3 to eat then stay sleep till like 7. Some nights he stay sleep all night which for me is over 6 hours. During the day he eats every 4 to 5 hours. As long as your baby let you know shes hungry and continue to gain weight then you dont have a thing to worry about.
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