Should I wake my preemie to feed at night?

Agena - posted on 12/04/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hello, my son was born at 36 wks and 5 days, weighed 5.3lbs and considered preemie. He is now one month old (one week corrected age) and was wondering if I should still wake him up for feedings at night? He has gained weight steadily (7.11 lbs on friday) since he came home from the nicu, but they had him on an every 3 hour feeding schedule. I was strictly breastfeeding until a few days ago and we decided to start formula at night. Dr said it's also ok to give him regular formula instead of higher calorie ones for preemies since he's been steady on breast milk and it has the same calories as regular formula...


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Jodi - posted on 12/04/2012




I wouldn't. My daughter was born 5.2lb (she wasn't premmie but was treated as one), and she came off her night feeding schedule at about 3 weeks, once she was clearly gaining weight. Just monitor the situation and make sure he is still gaining weight. It basically just means he has to have more calories in his daytime feedings. So if he isn't taking the extra calories during the day, you may still need to give them to him at night. Perhaps just start knocking out one feed, or gradually stretch it out (eg, stretch it to 4 hours for a bit, then 5 hours).

Dove - posted on 12/04/2012




Our ped said we could quit waking our little one once she regained her birth weight of 5lbs something ounces... which happened by 2 weeks old. She was born only 2 days younger than your son... and wasn't considered a preemie.

We didn't do any formula though. Strictly breast milk.

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