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Newborn feeding question. Justine's Mama Due November 28 (boy); 1 child; Boynton Beach, Florida 1939 posts
5th Nov '12

So in books & free classes I was told you should wake your baby up if they sleep past 3 hours. Now this girl I know has a one week old she told me she wakes up every 5 hours to feed and she's glad its not all night. What do you do, do you feed them when they wake up ? Or do you wake them up every 2 to 3 hours and feed them. (I plan to breastfeed by the way, not sure if that makes a difference) I am not sure how to go about this, and she will be here in 8 days. Is feeding on demand when you just feed them when they want ? Any advice is appreciated thanks :)

Dr. Elliot Reid ; 1 child; New Zealand 8946 posts
5th Nov '12

Feeding on demand is just that, on demand. Usually it's not a good idea to wake them to feed them, when they are hungry they will wake up, unless the doctor is worried they aren't eating enough and they tell you to wake them to feed them.

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10902 posts
5th Nov '12

I was told to wake him every three hours to eat. One, so his blood sugars don't get too low. And two, he had jaundice - frequent feedings help with that.

But it wasn't an issue for us at all. He woke himself up every couple of hours to eat!

❤ ʘlive Oyl 4 kids; 6328 posts
5th Nov '12
Quoting Elliot Reid:" Feeding on demand is just that, on demand. Usually it's not a good idea to wake them to feed them, when ... [snip!] ... hungry they will wake up, unless the doctor is worried they aren't eating enough and they tell you to wake them to feed them."

My baby wakes himself every 2-3 hours. At night he will cluster feed and sleep for a good 5 hours. With my daughter, who was a preemie, we had to wake her every 3 hours for her feedings. She wasn't a fan of eating and only wanted to sleep.

Nikkichole Rocha Due January 15 (boy); 4 kids; Dickinson, Texas 62 posts
5th Nov '12

Hi i have 4 kids and one on the way i never woke mine up to feed unless it went pass 5 hrs but most of the time they will wake up when they are hungry

Bear's mama ♥ 1 child; Colorado 889 posts
5th Nov '12

I never ever woke Xander up to feed him... even when we were still in the hospital.

applelove 1 child; auburn, CA, United States 6529 posts
5th Nov '12

My LO had some problems in week one with weight gain so I did wake up after 3.5 hours. But after that I never woke my LO and only fed on demand. It makes since to me... I mean that is how I eat... when I am hungry, so why not just feed the baby when they are hungry. '



You will do great! and Breastfeeding is so easy to get in a good feeding pattern with your LO. You are going to LOVE IT.

Crazyhazel89 1 child; Erie, Pennsylvania 3994 posts
5th Nov '12

in the hospital i let my DD go like 4 hours or something without feeding her..she was sleeping and people kept coming to visit....and the nurses yelled at me. lol. but for the first 2 or 3 weeks i would wake her every two to three hours and feed her but then after that i just went with her cues.

Justine's Mama Due November 28 (boy); 1 child; Boynton Beach, Florida 1939 posts
5th Nov '12

Okay yeah I figured if there hungry they would wake up ya know. So I planned to just feed her when she wakes up unless of course the Dr told me to do different. I just thought it was weird the books say to wake them up and this breast feeding class this lady repeated herself tons times saying to wake them if they sleep past 3 hours. Km new to this but thought they should be fine and obliously aren't hungry if they have not woke up.