how often does you baby want to feed (demand)?

Nicole - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My baby was a premmie so we have been on quite a strict feeding routine of every 4 hours so that he would gain weight. Recently the midwife told me that is was okay to start demand feeding him. I would just like some feedback from other mums as to how often their bubs demand a feed??

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Rebekah - posted on 06/22/2009

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My boys were premmie too (25 weeks). The hospital had them on 4-hourly feeds before they left hospital but as soon as they were home, they needed 2-hourly feeds nearly round the clock for quite awhile, and then onto 3-hourly feeds. They are still on 3-4 hourly feeds during the day now (at 8 months, or 5 months corrected). They started out on about 60ml per feed and now have anywhere from about 150-240 per feed on average, with about 5 feeds during the day. So babies are very different.

I was told that they would be in a great routine after being in the NICU but it was not the case for us.

Hadleigh - posted on 06/21/2009

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Hi there. My bub was born at 35 weeks and like you was on breast milk and had a very strict feeding routine. He is just over 4 months now and will drink anywhere from 180-250 mls at a time. He has been demand fed with formula since 2 and a half months and will drink between 2-4 hours, depends on how long he sleeps and how active he has been (usually 5 bottles a day). Good luck. It is always nerve racking letting go of that kind of structure but as long as your wee one is putting on weight and is happy i am sure he is doing just fine! hope this helps.

Sherri - posted on 06/19/2009

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I dont think so because for a 4 month old 7 oz is kind of alot to be eating ! so maybe he is just filling his belly and it is taking a while to break down. You also might want to tell the doctor about it because he might not be tolerating the formula, it might be to hard for him to digest. I would try to cut back to 5 oz a feeding or when ever he starts to fall asleep the feeding is over, that might get him feeding a lil more regular! but make sure u share ur concerns with the doctor.

Nicole - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hey Sherri,

Dominic is 18 weeks old. Do you think that he should be feeding more regularly??

Nicole - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi Amanda,

Dominic was born at 31 weeks. What you said is totally true. It's a shame it is so hard to change the way you've been doing things. I think it is even harder being my first. Oh well I am sure that I will get there, I just need to step outside of my comfort zone.

Sherri - posted on 06/17/2009

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My Daughter was born at 35 weeks and she was on the every 4 hr. feedings as well with Breast milk, but then we switched to formula and it took her a while to get use to the formula, and would do the same thing. But i see what u wrote about him eating 7oz (230 ml) How old is he? Because he could be completely filling his Belly and it might be taking a while to break down and make him hungry again.

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2009

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Nicole,

It's always hard to let go of the things that worked so well in the ICN. I think it's b/c we feel if we change it, something bad might happen to our little loves. How early was your little man?

Nicole - posted on 06/16/2009

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Hi Amanda, Thanks for your response. I probably should have mentioned that I changed to formula feeding a while ago so I guess that would make things a little different. At the moment Dominic is generally feeding every 6 hours and has about 230mls. I am just curious to what other babies are doing because I have found it very nerve racking changing from our very strict feeding routine of no more than 4 hours between feeds, to now waiting for him to tell me when he's hungry. I know he's no starving it's just hard to let go of the routine that we had.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2009

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Oh man...Clint, my son, was born at 31 weeks and from the day he's come home he feeds about every two hours, period. But it can vary too. If they're going through a growth spurt, he may want to feed every hour for a few days so that he can increase your milk supply.

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