How often do I feed my 5 week old preemie?

Elizabeth - posted on 07/06/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 week old son who was 4 weeks premature. He eats every 4 hours right now but doesn't seem hungry at 4 hours. I would like to start pushing him closer to 6 hours at 8 weeks old. How often should he be eat? He is breastfed only.

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Ana - posted on 07/06/2014

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Well, no matter his weight, no food is not normal for an infant..(milk of some sort) at least every 2 to 3 hrs..

Ana - posted on 07/06/2014

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You should check with your dr... but I would think every 2 hrs at least, even if its a little.

I have 2 kids, both born on time, but one born very small and she would not eat at all her first day of life..but i had to push her into small drops of breast milk and small drops of formula until she perked up to at least 1/2 ounce of breast milk...

Just check with your dr to make sure what is normal for your baby. Because even though he is premature, he still may be just as large as an on time baby..how much does he weigh?

Take Care.

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