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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Question 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    my 6 week old LO is still averaging every 2 hours feeding ( start to start!!) i was told i am doing something wrong and he should at least be 3- 4 hours...especially at night. what do i do?? anxiety multipled by returning to work in 3-4 weeks. weight gain good. wet/ dirties good.
    1st time mom to Joshua, born 1/23/08 and I every minute of it!!!
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    never ends!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Default Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    First of all, quit listening to those who are telling you something is wrong. Been there with DD and I was in tears so many times. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG!!! This is absolutely normal for some LO's. I was there in the exact situation with DD.

    DD was the very same way and never slept through the night (the 4 hours or so for a bf baby) until she was several months old. She ate every two hours on the dot for the first 2 1/2 to 3 months. BM digests in two hours. Some babies can hold out longer and eat with more time in between, but some cannot. I know it is frustrating and difficult and I almost gave up with DD and am so glad I stuck to it. Hopefully your LO will get more time in between feeds soon for you to give yourself a break. I remember when DD gave me 3 hours of straight sleep and I was soooo greatful for that.

    to you and it really will get better. Hopefully it will before you go back to work.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2006

    Default Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    There's definitely nothing wrong with a 6 week old nursing every 2 hours, that's totally fine. Whoever told you that shouldn't be giving breastfeeding advice! They worried you for no reason at all.

    For the first 2 months of her life my LO nursed every 45 minutes. It was difficult, but I got through it, and it was smooth sailing from there. Well, almost.
    Erin (32), breastfeeding CLW, knitting cloth-diapering crocheting, heirloom tomato-growing philosophizing poker-playing feminist artist mama to my 19 month old daughter! Baby #2 due January 2009.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2008

    Default Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    My DD is 5 and 1/2 months and she still eats every two hours (or more sometimes) when we're home. If her diaper output is good than your fine I agree, don't listen to anyone... but us

    Jeanne (my middle name IRL)

    Mommy to two girls (M & M), born Sept. '07 and Sept. '09

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Cool Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    Oh wow if you make ur lo go 3 to 4 hours, and he's hungry, one: he'll learn not to trust his instincts that tell him he's hungry, and two: he'll be practically starving!! My lo is 8 weeks old, and we JUST started going 2 and a half hours start to start about a week ago. If the output is ok, then what you're doing is fine! Eventually, the times will be longer, just hang in there!!
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Default Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    I wouldn't worry about it. 6 weeks is still very early and every 2 hours seems normal. At night, some babies will be going longer stretches by now, but not all babies. hang in there...it gets easier!
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    My LO ate every 2 hours up until recently. She just turned 4 months and has just started to stretch some of her feedings out to every 3 hours. I've tried to delay her from eating just to see if she is "really" hungry, and she bites her hands, tries to eat anything that comes near her mouth, and fusses/cries, so I know that she is really hungry, so I feed her.

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    Jul 2007

    Default Re: 6 weeks/ still every 2 hours

    My LO is 8 months old and still eats every 2 -3 hours. Your LO sounds normal to me!

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