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Thread: Do I need to wake my 5 week old for feedings at night?

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    Default Do I need to wake my 5 week old for feedings at night?

    I have a 5 week old that will sleep 4-6 hours at night if i let him. I have not let him go more than 4.5 hours between feedings. He is gaining weight well and would probably sleep longer if I didn't wake him. Do I need to continue to wake him or should I let him sleep? Note that he is swaddled.

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my 5 week old for feedings at night?

    Maybe just unswaddle him, and see if he wakes a bit more often?
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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my 5 week old for feedings at night?

    I asked the same question to our pediatrician this week, and she recommended to wake him during the day every three hours to feed, but he can go longer between feedings at night.

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my 5 week old for feedings at night?

    Generally speaking a five week old will normally be nursing at least 10 times a 24-hour day. If baby is nursing at least that much and gaining well (and mom is not feeling over full during longer stretches) then there probably is not anything to worry about.
    By this stage baby would generally be cueing often enough on his own and would not need to be woken up.
    However as mommal suggests things like swaddling, pacifier use, baby sleeping remotely from mom, can make sleep times longer then normal. Basically either baby or mom might sleep through the feeding cue.
    So basically I agree with the doctor I just don't like it when people talk about nursing every such and such hours. This is not how babies normally eat. Normally there would not be such a specific pattern especially this young.
    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; May 16th, 2013 at 01:42 PM. Reason: Dumb phone

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