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08/04/2013 at 08:04
Following on from my other post about H dropping a centile I just wondered how long your babies go between feeds. Yesterday h fed at 7.30 am (having gone from 11pm) then again at 10am although neither feeds were huge. He then didn't feed again until 4.45pm but then fed about 4-5 times between then and 9.45pm, his last feed being at 9.30pm for about 10 mins. He went to sleep at 11pm and is still asleep now.
he is exclusively breastfed on demand but do you think he's getting enough? Would I know if not.
i hope I'm just paranoid!
08/04/2013 at 08:48
C wasn't breastfed, but he used to change the amount he took and how frequently he wanted milk so often. Some days it was 2 hours some up to 4 hours between feeds. His weight would often fluctuate with it. X
08/04/2013 at 08:51
Oh he'd happily sleep all night without a feed.
08/04/2013 at 08:53
Isla was breast fed for 8 months and she would only ever go two hours during the day between feeds til she was 6 months. She only ever fed for 10-15 mins at a time. Overnight she would always have one feed up to 6 months but often two
08/04/2013 at 09:22
A fed about every 2-2.5 hours in the day and about every 4 over night. BUT, really, it always felt very random and not in a pattern at all.
That does seem a long time to go during the day without a feed after going through the night. Over the course of the day that seems like the right amount though (averages to every 3 hours).
I wouldn't worry about him dropping a centile, the same way I didn;t really worry about A going up (many) a centile, it takes them a little while to find their line and if you have him weighed just before a growth spurt (or just after a poo!) then it may look like they've dropped/gained when really they haven't.
08/04/2013 at 09:44
I don't know about bf but I was told when expressing that your body always supplies enough when bf, as it wasn't for me when I expressed. H goes 4 hours usually but on his new milk he is hungry after even an hour so I wait till be wants it and give it
08/04/2013 at 09:56
N fed 3 hourly on the dot for months, this then went to four hourly. All his own routine.
08/04/2013 at 09:57
I agree with BG, he is going quite a long time between feeds if he isn't feeding at night. When BFd, M went anything between an hour and a half to 2 hours. Now he is FF, he tends to follow-
7:30-8am (but can regularly miss this one altogether!)
9-11pm (I dream feed but some nights he wakes up ready for it hence the time can vary)
08/04/2013 at 10:12
P alwasy went a long time between feeds, even when tiny. She never fed more regularly that 3-4 hours from the beginning and from 10 weeks went 12 hours at night between feeds. Daytime feeds did go up and down depending on growth spurts etc but she was never one for cluster feeding or 2 hour feeding. She did tend to feen for 45mins to an hour when she did though, it just suited her. It's supply and demand with BFing, your boobs will sort themselves out so he has plenty. He won't starve himself either. I was also told some babies feed efficiently and some don't, hence the variation in time feeding and number of feeds etc. You can never tell how much they are taking so you just have to trust your boobs.
08/04/2013 at 13:59
Personally I think 6hrs in the day is too long if he's not feeding at night. I probably have a different view on things as A was so jaundiced in the early weeks and had to be woken for feeds... if we had left him and only fed 'on demand' then actually yes he would have starved himself. I'm more relaxed about it now he's older and cries for food, but nevertheless I'd be trying to offer a feed at the 4hr mark during the day. If you're BFing then you've not lost anything by offering a feed.
08/04/2013 at 21:51
When he goes so long in the day it's generally because he's asleep, he tends to nap 11-4! I'm reluctant to wake him though as he gets grumpy but ill watch it and try and encourage him to feed a bit more on the day
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