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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Ingrid | 2004/10/12

Q.

Breastfeeding

Hi Doc,

My one month old baby weighed 4.9kg's at birth. I am breastfeeding every 2 hrs and at his 4 week check-up, he weighed 5.7kg.
Is it normal for a big baby to feed so often, or am I overdoing things a bit?
He just seems so hungry all the time and will feed from both breasts sometimes before he is satisfied. I need some sleep - HELP!
Thank you

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Children may often take a few weeks to settle into a pattern where they feed less often. You may discuss it with your local breastfeeding clinic, but if your child is otherwise well, my advice would be to continue to breastfeed on demand and only think about introducing solids after 3 months.

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Posted by: Gerrie | 2004/10/15

Hi Ingrid

My boy is now 9 months and weighs 11 kg, he was 3.25 when he was born, I felt the same as you, he would feed for an hour long every 2 hours...I followed the advise of letting him sleep with us...he still does, however he doesn't drink as much anymore, only when he's sick....I found he slept through quicker than other babies (at 2 months) and still do not regret feeding him so much, he is healthy and strong. Just allow him to feed when he wants to and you'll see him thrive!

Reply to Gerrie
Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/13

Babies have growth spurts at approximately 3 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 4 or 4 1/2 months and 6 months.

During this time they will feed much more often - one or two hourly is common. The growth spurt lasts about 4 days to a week, and then baby reverts back to their usual pattern.
The feeding more often will build up your milk supply for baby.

It is fine for baby to feed from both breasts at each feed.

Remember as well, that baby will cluster feed in the evenings as well as the mornings, so even when not having a growth spurt, during the afternoons and evenings from about 15:00 to about 19:00, baby may want to feed as often as ever 45 minutes to an hour (they will just be little "snack" feeds). During the morning they do the same from about 06:00 to about 08:00, though not quite so hectically. This stops at about 3 months.

Do yourself a favour and contact a lactation consultant. This was the best thing that I did.

Don't introduce bottles of formula - you will lower your milk supply by interfering with demand and supply. Also, best not to begin expressing etc until 6 weeks when supply and demand are well established.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: bibs | 2004/10/12

Big babies do drink more mine was 3.85 and she drank until it would come out in a projectile vomit (very scary) i was convinced she never knew when to stop and she would sometimes overdo it. But i followed the advice and let her drink until she stopped. Try to push feeds out by at least another 1 hr and try not to wake baby for feeds in the night as they can actually sleep through without drinking although mine did not. The bigger the baby the more they need i guess, it is very difficult though because you never know if you overfeeding them. Good luck, did you have a caesar, that is really a BIG baby 5kg! shew did you carry big as well?

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Posted by: TJ | 2004/10/12

Need Sleep? - Let baby sleep with you then. NIght nursing allows Mom to sleep and baby to nurse as often as he needs.

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