is my baby really starving?

Regina - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 3 months old and 5 out of 7 days a week she eats every hour and has been doing this since birth. My day starts with a 2 am feeding followed by 3 am and then she falls back to sleep for 3-4 hours and then eats every hour till she finally falls asleep at 7 for 2 hours and then after a feeding around 9 or ten sleeps till 2 and we're off again. She doesn't sleep much durring the day either. I'm lucky if she sleeps for 15 minutes here and there. she nurses for 20-30 minutes sleeps for 15 and wakes up sucking the heck out of her hands most of the day. Am i doing something wrong? does anyone else have this problem? if so how do you get anything else done?

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Neva - posted on 06/11/2011

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I would also try swaddling her when you put her down after feeding. Make sure you have a blanket that is 45" square so that it is big enough that you can put her in it really tight so she can't wiggle out. She may be startling herself awake and not know how to calm herself without nursing.

Regina - posted on 06/10/2011

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not very often. I try and she gets mad. I've tried just about every type of pacifier out there too. I wish she would. She prefers her fingers

Kelly - posted on 06/10/2011

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will she take a pacifier/ sucky? the sucking action may just be a soothing thing and not a hunger thing

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Have you done a nappy count? If she's having 6-8 very wet nappies per day, she's getting enough.
Do be careful about giving too many supplementary bottles of formula, as this can reduce your milk supply. This is the case because your system produces enough milk to meet the demand - if your baby's needs are being met by formula, your breasts will "think" they don't need to produce as much!

Unsettledness doesn't always mean hunger - as kate said, she could be teething, at this early age. Some babies start the process long before a tooth appears! Perhaps she just likes the activity of sucking? perhaps she likes companionship?

Regina - posted on 06/10/2011

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thanks all. Every two hours would be wonderful at this point. I actually have two older children, 12 & 8, but this is the first one i've nursed more than the first 2 weeks. I do try to hold her feedings off as often as i can but she seems to be starving and i feel bad. She actually throws a fit (kicking her legs and yelling loudly) if i try to change her diaper or play with her when she wants to eat. Not a good sign for the future i know. I am trying my hardest to not give her formula for two reasons. One it's not anywhere near as good for babies as breast milk and two it takes me days to catch up to her needs if i give her a bottle.

Kate CP - posted on 06/09/2011

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Breast milk digests faster than formula (because it's easier to process in their system) and she will need to eat more frequently because of it. My son ate every 2 hours for a long period of time. Part of what she's doing is called cluster feeding and it allows her to sleep for longer stretches without waking.

When she's sucking her hands during the day she could either be teething (yes, they do that this early sometimes) or she just has a really strong urge to suck. You can try pacifiers and see if it helps or just let her suck on her hands.

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You can try spacing out feedings; then she might eat more during a feeding and be able to go longer instead of snacking and if she's gassy, sometimes spacing out the feedings helps--at least it seemed to with my daughter. You could also supplement with formula if you're comfortable with that. It's often a faster feed and sometimes more filling. I don't have one that little anymore, but feeding them that often makes me insane.

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Have you tried wearing her in a carrier or wrap? You can learn to nurse in those so you still have your hands free to do things. Some babies really need to suck. My daughter ate very frequently for the first several months and then very slowly she spaced out her feedings. She ate *at least* every 2 hours until around 8 months. Then she started sleeping just a little longer at night, but still ate frequently during the day. I don't think you're doing anything wrong.

Dana - posted on 06/09/2011

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Well, all babies are different. My son ate every 2 hours FOREVER seriously, it was months and months long. Is it possible to try and move one or two of those feedings further apart? I wouldn't do it all at once and only start with moving them a little at a time to get her used to it.

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