Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Dad | 2010-04-21


breast feeding a new born

the question has probably been asked, but why should a new born breast feed every 4 hours? I seems to like looking for trouble, that old saying for let sleeping dogs rest, comes to mind, but the more people I speak to say the every 4 hours thing!! I am like but if the baby is hungry then he will let us know it. why should i wake him if he is sleeping nicely????

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Newborn baies do need to be woken for feeds if they sleep for periods longer than 4 hours during the day. This is to ensure that they regain their birth weight and start gaining weight regularly. Once this routine is established your baby will wake for feeds.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-04-22

4 hours is about hte maximum your child can go without a feed before risking a sugar coma (they just stay asleep), they should feed every 2 to four hours and if they have reached four hours without waking you need to wake them up and feed.
Feeding on demand means your child is getting the milk they need when they need it and it will keep supply at the levels it should be, feeding on a schedule will reduce milk supply.

Babies feed even more often than this during growth spurts, every one and a half hours is quite normal. this goes on for about 4 days to a week. It happens around 10 days, 3 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 12 weeks, 4 months and periodically thereafter throughout childhood. Once on solids they just eat a lot more solds during that time.

Babies also cluster feed in the mornings and evenings so from about 6-8am and about 3-7pm baby feeds with only twenty minutes or so between feeds (this is feeding probably around hourly or every 45 minutes). This is also quite normal and goes on until baby is around 12 weeks old.

Feeding 4 hourly is what bottle fed babies do.

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Posted by: Candi | 2010-04-21

Hi Dad,

Im with you on that one! I fed on demand! My son is now 2yrs of age and is perfect! He tells me when he is hungry!
All my friends that had babies did the same! Fed on demand!
Especially at night!
Good Luck!

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