question about night feedings

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My son is 2 weeks old and is sleeping really well at night to point where I have to wake him up to eat. His doctor told me not to go longer than 4 hours with out feeding him but he has gained his birth weight back plus some. I have been kind of following the babywise method of feeding about every 3 hours or less if he is hungry because it worked great for my aunt with her triplets. My question is should I continue waking him up every 3hours at night or should I let him sleep until he wakes up hungry?



He usually eats at 6, 9, 12, and 3 AM and PM for each time. There have been times where he was clearly hungry before these times and I have fed him.

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Mia - posted on 04/13/2012

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demand feeding def worked for me, no specific time schedule & if bub sleeps, like the saying goes "never wake a sleeping baby"!!!! Very jealous, if bub sleeps through leave him be as long as he's gaining weight, thriving, having enough wet/poo nappies then I certainly wouldn't be waking the sleeping baby!!!

Dove - posted on 04/11/2012

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If he's regained his birth weight plus... I'd let him sleep at night. Once my girls hit 2 weeks the doc said I could quit waking them at night. I was never told to wake my son (bigger baby).

Hayley - posted on 04/11/2012

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Why has a 2 week old baby been to a Dr? Has he been unwell? If so, then Id follow drs advice to feed frequently. If this is just the oddity that is the American pediatric system, then I'd let him sleep ;-)

Heather - posted on 04/11/2012

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Let him sleep. Take him up every 6 hours if you want, but not every 3. They told me to do that with my son, and boy what a mess that was. If you wake up in serious pain because of nursing, then yes, wake him up to nurse. But otherwise, enjoy your sleep now while you can!

Rebekah - posted on 04/10/2012

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I've never woken up a baby to eat. My daughter came home from the hospital sleeping 4-5 hour stretches and I just praised God. Sleep while you can... incase after the 2 week sleepy baby time he decides he wants to eat every 2 hours for a few weeks.

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Lori - posted on 04/13/2012

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I agree with what Sara Dee said. If his bili levels are high enough to need a bili blanket, then you probably do want to continue to wake him to feed. Once his bili levels are down to normal you probably won't have to continue to wake him. When my LO was born she also had elevated bili levels and needed a bili blanket. My IBCLC recommended feeding every 2 hours during the day, and every 3 hours at night. She also recommended lots of skin to skin. She told me that skin to skin can help reduce bili levels even better than putting baby in the sunlight.

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Like I said earlier if he is hungry before thosetimes I do feed him, I'm not going to make him wait just because it's more convinent for me. I probably will continue to wake him at least until the next well baby check. Thank you everyone for your help.

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If he has to have a billiblanket then I would keep waking him to nurse at night or ask your pediatrician if you can stop. I would also nurse on demand at the early signs of hunger (increased alertness, chewing fists, turning head side to side, smacking lips, rooting) instead of watching the clock. Nursing at the first signs of hunger will help establish a great supply and get rid of the jaundice faster. There are so many growth spurts in the first few months that nursing on a schedule may end up being very frustrating for both of you. Babies will naturally fall into their own routine soon.

Marsha - posted on 04/12/2012

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I let my child sleep and then wake up when they were hungry. Every baby is different. Sometimes I actually had to pump and freeze breast milk because the fullness would wake me up, but my daughter would still be sleeping!

Birgit - posted on 04/11/2012

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I also fed my son every three hours. My sister and mom all laughed at me because he was like clockwork but he was born a month early and our pediatrician and lactation consultant encouraged the babywise method. It was something about him being so early and such a tiny baby. Everything I learned from our consultant, the pediatrician, and any thing I read said that crying was a late response to hunger. By the time your young baby cries, they have already been hungry for a while, they just don't know how to tell you that. So when they are really tiny, you put them on a schedule. That's what we were told anyway. So I fed him every three hours and he was on that schedule honestly until he went to solid foods and then he still ate in three hour intervals. I am now pregnant with my second and I think I will probably stick to that method. I mean, my son ate when he was hungry and to this day, he rarely overeats, which is a good thing. He didn't spit up a lot that I recall, and we had only minor gas issues. I guess the question is are you willing to keep getting up with him and for how long? That was the one downside for me, was figuring out when I could let him just sleep. And I know I got up with him in the night probably waaay past when I should have. I plan to work on being better at that now with my second.

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It was for well baby checks to make sure he was gaining weight like he should and he has some slight jaundice that he was keeping an eye on and has prescribed a biliblanket for him. I forgot to ask about continuing to wake him up for night feedings and my mom was the one who mentioned letting him sleep since he's gained his birth weight back.

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Thank you all for your help. He is a bigger baby 9 pounds 15 ounces at birth and he is now up to 10 pounds 1 ounce.

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Getting up at night really hasn't been that bad for me I just got feel bad waking him up if he's sleeping to me anyway so well

Sandie - posted on 04/11/2012

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I forgot to say that at that young age they don't realise they are hungry while they're sleeping, so won't always wake up because of hunger. Then if they sleep loads and eat less, they will be more sleepy because they will have less energy...vicious cycle!

Sandie - posted on 04/11/2012

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Up to about 3 weeks old a baby should not go ano longer than 3 hours without a feed, not only for the obvious reason of keeping the baby fed, it helps with latching on as they are practising more often, but also helps keep your milk supply up, the more you feed then the more you make. I fed my son whenever he wanted it, he never slept all that well so waking him wasn't something I needed to do but I'm pregnant with number 2 and just recently had a breastfeeding course (to remind myself of the newborn stage lol) and the hospital insist we set alarms so the baby sleeps no longer than 3 hours without food.

I know it sucks without sleep at night, but it's worth it in the long run to keep your baby well fed and your milk supply flowing properly :) good luck, x

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2012

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I think it really depends on how long he is gonna sleep without eating. I mean try not waking him and see how long he goes. If he goes like 4 or 5 hours that is probably fine, but if he is just gonna sleep the whole night then that isn't always good. My friend's baby did that and ending up losing to much weight so she did have to start waking her up! I would start by trying to feed him at the 9pm feeding, then just see how long it takes him from there! Go to bed yourself and see how long he lets u sleep, but set an alarm for like 5 hours later just incase he doesn't wake up!

Amy - posted on 04/10/2012

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I never fed on a schedule I always fed when my baby showed signs of being hungry. I also never woke my baby to feed her, I did work full time so if I got home late at night or was leaving before she woke in the morning I offered a dream feed. She would get fed and I wouldn't have to pump so it was a win win.

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