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Lishwa
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Hey gals,
Just wondering what everyone else is doing. So many people say let babies sleep, some people say wake them up to eat. I have been waking up Vanessa to eat for a while now to make sure her little belly stays full, but I recently started just letting her sleep because everyone (besides her doctor) says she will let me know when she's hungry. And let me tell you, she does. I got nervous last night though because she slept for about 6 hours without even stirring besides a diaper change.
Why am I so nervous about this? It's almost like I'm afraid she's not feeling that she's hungry because she's sleeping.
I'm being kind of silly, I know, but when I changed her at 2:30am, I just fed her. We've gotten away from her feeding schedule and that makes me nervous, like I won't know when to feed her, but she surely tells me.
I guess I'm just afraid I will mistake what she wants and end up feeding her when she's not hungry, but I guess she just won't eat if she's not hungry right? But then i thought if I keep her on a feeding schedule, maybe I'm going to fatten her up quicker than necessary?
New mom jitters......

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I never woke my girls for a feeding at night, but during the day I would wake them up if it got to be too long between feedings (more than 4 hours). In the beginning I fed both of my girls on demand - I could tell by the type of cry they had that they were hungry. I didn't put them on a feeding schedule until they were about 4 months old. I try to feed Brooke around the same time, but I do have to vary her feedings because she never eats the same amount - if she has less than 4 oz. I will give her a bottle in 3 hours and if she has more than 4 oz. I feed her 3.5-4 hours later. I also make sure she gets 5 bottles a day, starting from her a.m. bottle to her bedtime bottle. A typical day would be feeding her at 6am, 9:30am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. She is 5 1/2 months old and can longer between feedings - when she was about 4 months old I fed her about every 3 hours. If you want to try a schedule, work backwards from the bedtime bottle and use your judgement to spread the bottles out based on how much your baby eats. But don't be so caught up in the time, focus on how much the baby eats in a day (12am-11:59pm) and make sure they are eating enough.
Not sure if you are breastfeeding, but if not here is a chart on average formula-feeding guidelines:

http://similac.com/baby-formula/similac-advance-feeding-tips

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Lishwa
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thanks!! We started letting her tell us when she's hungry, and she sure does. We're up to 5 ounces but I think we're going to cut back a little bit...she seems to be spitting up a little more often, but not every time...so I don't know which way we will go.
Thanks for the info!! Smile

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Lisa, in the beginning our dr had us waking Olivia up every two hours to feed (*shudders* as I remember those nights) because she was so little. But once she started gaining weight nicely, which was right away, she gained 15oz in a week, she said every three hours and then after a couple weeks she said to leave her. I think the drs will only want you to wake the baby to eat if they need to gain weight. I would let her sleep and she will tell you when she's hungry. The last thing you want to do is over feed her, I made the mistake of doing that in the beginning cuz I was like you and had the jitters about feeding her and she ended up projectile spitting up on me and DH twice in 10 mins. Thats when I knew I was over feeding her and that I was not giving her the chance to let me know when she was hungry. I know that they may not always really be hungry but will still suck at the breast or bottle to get comfort and end up eating. Also sucking is purely reflex in the beginning which is why if the nipple is brought near their mouth they will suck, as they get older it becomes more of a choice for them to suck. I think you are doing a fine job and no need to be worried. Your little angel will let you know when she's hungry. If she wakes up, all she may need is a diaper change unless its been quite a while and you know that she will want to eat. LIke I can tell if Olviia will eat on how long she has in between feedings and if the previous feeding was a good one. If she only has like 70mls and then goes to sleep for an hour or two, I know she will need to eat when she wakes up but if she has 220mls and then sleeps for an hour or two, there is a chance that she may not eat right away and just want to socialize or have her bum changed. Sorry to ramble LOL Hope that this helps.

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I have heard waking up is best, just to help get them on a schedule early. If you always feed them at the same time it will assist with potty training.

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Even if you don't mind getting up at night to feed your baby, it's a good idea to wean him off nighttime feedings around the 6-month marker.

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