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  1. #1
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    Default Feeds

    I have a 8 wk old baby. Had her 7 wks premature. She is currently on 4 hrs feeds some odd occasions demands after 3 hrs. I am now thinking of getting her to go longer at night. She has a feed at 10pm, 2am then 6am. Any suggestions especially of cutting down the 2am feed and letting her sleep through from 10pm to 6am? My health visitor suggested making her 3 hourly during the day and steal some milk from her 2am feed. Any suggestions?

    Bee.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Feeds

    Are you breast feeding or bottling em?

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    Your baby needs to be fed on demand, day and night. I would strongly advise against scheduling feeds or trying to force her to go longer at night because (1) this can lead to low milk supply and breastfeeding problems and (2) she was quite premature and her adjusted age is just one week! Here are some articles that you might find helpful:

    http://www.lalecheleague.com/FAQ/frequency.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.com/FAQ/schedule.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.com/FAQ/sleep.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.com/FAQ/cosleep.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.com/FAQ/premresources.html

    HTH!
    Hugs
    Jen
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  4. #4
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    Apr 2007
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    Default Re: Feeds

    Hello,
    Ditto the above.
    My first son, a preemie, was so teeny he could only take a wee bit at a time, which meant that I had to feed him hourly for months, on demand.
    So glad I did that; he's healthy and happy now, I know it's exhausting...but it'll get better.
    Just be glad he wants to, and can, feed!

    LLLchristina
    Carlsbad

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