How to make your newborn kick the habit of time scheduled feeding

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my son was born very little so i was advised to feed him every 3 hours, even if he was sleeping, i had to wake him up. now he wants to eat every 3 hours if not sooner and hes up to 5 ounces...any advice on how to kick the habit so we can all get a little more sleep?

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A 4 week old eating every three hours sounds completely normal to me. Especially if he needed help putting on weight early, I don't think you should be spacing out his feedings more just yet. If he's hungry, then feed him. And definitely don't put cereal in his bottle unless it is medically indicated (though you may want to ask your pediatrician about reflux) as it causes more harm than good. It will likely only be another month or two before he starts sleeping in longer stretches at night, but for now if he's waking and taking a bottle, it is because he needs to eat.

NATASHA - posted on 08/30/2009

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we had to do the same, our little girl lost weight for too long. We were doing 3 hour feeds for a while and then when it was time to stretch it out we just cuddled and bathed her for about an hour and then feed. Sometimes cuddles were enough.

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter ate every three hours until she was 2-3 months. Your baby is waking because he's hungry. Their tummies are still very small at that age and they need the food when they need it. Just remember that it will get better and you can always try to nap when he does. Good luck :0)

Susi - posted on 08/30/2009

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my little boy is only just on 6oz and he is 5 months he used to feed every 3 hours but only woke once at night have u tried hungry baby milk as i put my son on that at 3-4 weeks he still feed every 3 hours in the day but by 5 weeks he started to sleep all night. i would check with your doctor first before changing his milk but it worked for my little man.

Shelly - posted on 08/30/2009

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Personally I would feed him when he wakes, if he's asleep he isn't hungry and i'm sure he lets you know when he is. I dont think you should purposefully try and 'wean' him off feeding every three hours, he's obviously feeding that often for a reason, he'll gradually start going longer between feeds when he's ready. My little one feeds pretty much every three hours and has done since birth, except at night when she goes 12hrs. Its only now after 18wks that she's starting to do 4-5hrs between some feeds, usually only once a day so far tho.

Annie - posted on 08/30/2009

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Rule #1 never wake a sleeping baby!!!!! If they're hungry, they'll wake up. My daughter woke up every hour for the first month (very exhausting), and finally my pediatrician recommended putting just a teaspoon of the instant cereal in her 2oz bottle at night right before we planned on going to sleep. That way she actually ended up sleeping up to 3 hours. Her problem was that she fell asleep during feedings, especially when I nursed, so she didn't get enough milk to keep her full. By adding the cereal she got more calories out of the same amount of liquid. This also kept her from spitting up since it was a little thicker and sat on her stomach better. Good luck and keep faith! Infancy is beautiful and fascinating but also very tiring. Be strong and remember even when you're the most exhausted that it won't be like that forever!

Casandra - posted on 08/30/2009

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I totally understand. I had to wake my baby up every 4 hours no matter what to feed her til she was 3 months old. Little baby means little stomach and they need all the nutrients they can get to catch up. Just push each feeding a little farther apart at night, and feed him whenever he wants during the day. Eventually he'll start sleeping longer, might take a little while though.

Sandi - posted on 08/30/2009

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5 ounces at four weeks seems like a lot to me, my three month old barely eats that, and he eats every three hours during the day, and then sleeps from 9pm till 5am... I remember at 4 weeks tho, he was eating 1.5 -2 ounces every 2-3 hours all the time and it is exhausting, I did start giving him pablum at 6 weeks, just a little and very runny at around 11 at night, and it did help out, I was able to get a little more sleep that way... good luck with everything, and as every one else has said, enjoy this time... they grow up so fast, and in ways I miss the late night feedings cause they were my cuddle time with him....

Lyndsay - posted on 08/30/2009

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Why would you want to kick the habit? I think it's an excellent way to keep on a good schedule. Maybe try to extend the hours a bit. My son was born premature so I had to feed him every 2 hours, then gradually extended it by an hour (or half hour, depending on your child) at a time until he got to 4 hours. He stayed on the 4 hour schedule for a very long time (except at night).. it worked really well.

Annalisse - posted on 08/30/2009

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My son did that also, but then as he gained weight he would drink more then he would sleep more. From what I saw your son is only one month old. Hes still young. Thats what hes going to do till he starts drinking more.

September - posted on 08/30/2009

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Another thing that might be helpful which worked really well for my husband and I is for you and your partner to take turns sleeping. So one is up with the baby and the other is sleeping. Good luck. I know that it can be tough early on. Especially if this is your first.

September - posted on 08/30/2009

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I just noticed that your baby is only 4 weeks old....I would highly suggest that you feed your son when he wants to be feed. I don't think that I hardly slept at all for at least the first three months. Babies are life changing but defiantly worth every minute of it! Hang in there :) Is this your first?

September - posted on 08/30/2009

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In my opinion right now the most important thing is to make sure that your "very little baby" is getting the nutrition that he needs. So if that means feeding him every three hours then that's what I would be doing. I breast feed and my son and he wanted to eat every two hours so I know what's it like to get very little sleep. I quickly realized that's just the way it is...for now anyhow. It won't always be this way. Enjoy this very special time in life! It's truly a gift from god! Take naps when he takes naps :) That's some of the best advice I've ever gotten! Good luck!

Jackie - posted on 08/30/2009

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my kids have been having cereal in their bottle, since they started taking it. just as long as you don't put too much in there he should be alright. more than likely though you'll probably just have to deal with it. 2 of my kids were colicky and nothing worked for them. They started sleeping though the night a almost 4 months. 2 of my kids didn't like the pacifier either. I did buy my daughter the womb bear and that helped keep her asleep. sorry honey i don't have any other ideas for your.

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yeah the binky thing i try but he spits it up eventually and starts crieing... so i have no choice, hes only 4 weeks old so baby cereal maybe a bad idea?

Jackie - posted on 08/30/2009

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good luck with this one. when he wakes up is he hungry every time? you could try putting some cereal in his bottle or if he's not hungry give him a pacifier. but then you'd have to wean him from it later. It really depends on how old he is and what you feel like dealing with later on. Once he's about 3-4 months though he should start sleeping through the night.

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