Breastfeeding a 3 month old

Leticia - posted on 04/10/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I wanted to know if there are any other moms who also at three months was breastfeeding frequently? I feel like I'm still nursing every 2 hours and I'm supposed to be going back to work hopefully by this week. Even at night he awakes to feed about 3 times. I was hoping by now he would at least be going 3 to 4 hours. Is this normal?

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Sounds normal to me. My daughter ate about every 2 hours during the day until she was nearly a year. She also woke frequently at night (every 2-4 hours) until 18 months. Three months is around a growth spurt time as well. It's great that you're nursing on demand as this will help keep your supply up with baby's demand. Remember that breast milk is digested very quickly, in about an hour. I understand that you may not be able to pump at work every two hours so when you go back you can try breast compressions, looking at pictures of your baby or taking baby's burp cloth to smell. These are a few things that can help maximize pumping output. Also breastfeeding on demand while you're together will help. Good luck!

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My son nursed every 1-2 hours until he was 6 months old. He's 7 months old now and still nurses every 2 hours at home -- when we're out, he can last longer, I don't know why.

3-4 hours seems like a "tradition" from formula times, though I know of breastfed babies who do go that long between feedings. Their mothers either have really big storage capacity, or the babies have slower metabolisms or something. Mostly, I hear of babies going 2-3 hours.

Emily - posted on 04/10/2011

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My first child nursed every 2 hours for the first 8 months. So yes, that is very normal. ;)

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Leticia - posted on 04/11/2011

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Ok, so seems it's a consensus that it's about every two hours. Even though since yesterday he's been wanting to eat all the time and has also been gassier than usual. Not sure if it's a growth spurt or just nursing to try and help his tummy feel better. And Oothoon my son also lasts longer when we're out. Usually he sleeps the entire time we're out. But thanks ladies. I feel better knowing that it's a normal thing and can expect not to see much of a change.

Leticia - posted on 04/10/2011

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Oh cool. That has been a very helpful website. I will be sure to look that up (as I type this). Thanks again!

Leticia - posted on 04/10/2011

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Really? That's some really good information. I would not have even thought of something like that. I was actually worried about pumping at work and how often and how much I would get. Thanks a lot Sara!

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