Is it normal that my three month old nurses every two hours?!

Adrienne - posted on 08/16/2015 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hello I have a three month old son and when I feed him on demand he nurses every two hours and I wanted to know is this normal?
When he was two months old he weighed almost 15lbs and at birth he weighed 9lbs 4.2oz. He has his four month Dr visit coming up soon too.
My mother seems to think that he will be obese and want to eat around the clock when he becomes a toddler or over 1 year of age (because he still eats during the night too although it's more spaced out then the daytime feeds)despite the fact that I tell her research shows that breastfed babies are lower risk at becoming obese and his Pediatrician was not worried about his weight gain at his two month visit. She still feels I need to feed him every three hours which I did try but that last hour is filled with me giving him pacifier to hold off and/or keeping him distracted and when I do feed him after three hours he is cranky and sucks VERY hard in order to get his fill quickly and it just makes me feel like a bad mom to make him wait that extra hour 😔😓
I know my baby is larger then some babies but I was almost 10lbs when I was born so him being larger doesn't bother me but it seems to always get people to say things like (Gigantor, wow he eats a lot, he's going to be 3 tons, etc) and it really rubs me the wrong way.
The funny thing is all these people giving me their "opinion" never breastfed any of their babies AND don't know anyone who did.
Any advice is helpful, thank you. First time mommy here.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/16/2015

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Actually ,my kids ate every 45 mins to f1 1/2 hours. So yeah, normal. Your mom can have her opinion, has shared it, and now can stop sharing it. Tell her since she has never breastfed, she will trust advice from doctors and mothers who have.

Dove - posted on 08/16/2015

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Perfectly normal to feed every 2 hours. Perfectly normal to feed more as well if baby wants. My son would sometimes nurse 3 times in the SAME hour.... and he's a VERY skinny 7 year old now.

I have friends who breastfed and had 20 pound kids at only 4 months old... none are overweight now either.

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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Feeding every 2 hrs is fine. And at his age nighttime feedings are usually still going on. Feeding on demand is actually best and actually keeps kids from being obese
If you feed them when they are overly hungry they tend to overeat. If you feed when not hungry then they snack when not hungry. Breastfed babies usually eat around evert 2 to 3 hrs. Breastmilk is less dense so baby is able to digest easier, thus leading to eat sooner. I had one that ate every one hour around the clock. She is now 14 yrs old and no where near obese.

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Dove - posted on 08/17/2015

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Nope. My girls are 50-60% for weight and height and my son is currently 25% for height and 9% for weight... but he's been having digestive issues for the past couple of years.

Dove - posted on 08/17/2015

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I did things quite a bit differently when my girls were babies... but they are almost 14 now. lol They were breastfed for 15 months though.

My son (7.5 now) was breastfed for 3.25 years. He didn't take his first bite of food til 6 months old and was WAY more interested in breastfeeding than eating food for a long time. He wasn't even eating solids once a day on a regular basis til probably around 9 months or older.

Adrienne - posted on 08/17/2015

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Dove,
Ohhhh okay I definitely get it now!!!!!!
Your a stay at home mom too?
Also how long did you breastfed your children? I want to breastfeed my son til he is 2y/o or whenever her weans himself. Also when did you start your children on solids? I want to wait until he is 6 months although my mother(lol) keeps saying I NEED to start him when he is 4 months I mean if he shows me signs that he is ready for solids before he turns 6 months then I will start him earlier but I think I want to wait til 6 months.

Dove - posted on 08/17/2015

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Well... I guess the pumping is a personal decision. I never pumped. I've also never been engorged to the point of pain either though. If you want to pump a little to relieve the pressure that is fine, but the more you pump the more you will make... so if you don't want to be producing a lot while he is sleeping a lot... you'll want to pump less.

Adrienne - posted on 08/17/2015

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Hey Dove
Okay so if I was to not pump at night when I am engorged it will go away? Like will the milk go away? Or should I wait til morning to pump? Or should I wait til he is ready to eat and offer him the full breast?
I've read that you should pump but not til the breast is empty and that way over time the breast will reduce its amount of milk to produce? I'm not too sure on that I've always just pumped whenever I got full or engorged.
Yea the sleep times vary at night but he gets most of his bulk sleep done at night which doesn't bother me either way I'm used to the nightly wake ups lol.
Exactly that's what I think sleeping through the night is. My mother thinks I am doing something "wrong" because my son doesn't sleep through the night I'm like that's is exactly why I would never let her watch him overnight because I believe she would be upset that she has to feed him in he middle of the night AND she will probably try to make him wait til a certain time to eat.
I'm like I don't want to MAKE him do these things he will accomplish these milestones when he is ready to.

Dove - posted on 08/17/2015

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If you want the engorgement to go away sooner and you don't NEED pumped milk... you might not want to pump at that time... Your body will adjust to make less milk during the night. If you need pumped milk for some reason and don't mind being up extra in the night... go ahead though.

4-5 hours at 3 months old is GOOD! My son didn't sleep through the night until he was 2 years old.... Technically 'they' (whoever they are) call sleeping through the night a 5-6 hour stretch, but 'I' consider it through the night when it is the child's night... which was 10-11 hours for my son.

Adrienne - posted on 08/17/2015

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Oh my gosh thank you guys soooooooo much!!!!!!! I feel so much more confident that I am doing the right thing for my son!!!! He is so much more happier when I feed him when HE is ready to eat and not when the clock tells me!!! She's is upset and makes "jokes" about his weight and how he is going to have me making him snacks at 3am because he still nurses during the night but whatever I just ignore it. I also noticed that now that I feed him on demand he nurses less frequently at night because he gets his fill during the day and I feed him right before bed and he usually eats in 4-5 hour intervals now which isn't so great on mommy because now I have engorgement so I have to wake up to pump anyways lol but as long as he gets what he needs I am more than happy!!
You moms are wonderful!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

Adrienne - posted on 08/16/2015

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Forgot to add that he is exclusively breastfed and I have an over production despite his feed every two hours I still pump 5-10 ounces of extra milk everyday.

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