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Thread: Question about frequency

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Question about frequency

    When do infants start stretch out the amount of time between feedings? My lo is 3 months and she still seems to want to eat just about every 2-3 hours. We have had a few 3-4 hour stretches during the day and one lucky night when she slept for 5.5 hours straight but for the most part she is every 2-3 hours.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Question about frequency

    That sounds about right. Most breastfed babies will continue to nurse every few hours during the day with a longer stretch at night until they are eating larger quantities of solids. Many babies become more efficient at the breast, nursing for 5-10 minutes, but still eating every few hours. It's NORMAL. Remember that breastmilk is digested easily by the body, and therefore doesn't sit around in the digestive tract as long as the tough curds created by the digestion of formula. Additionally, we have to account for the fact that some babies need to eat a little more or less frequently partially due to mother's breastmilk storage capacity (which has nothing to do w/breast size).

    That was a very long way of saying that your baby's current nursing pattern sounds normal for her age! You're doing great!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Re: Question about frequency

    Yep, totally normal. When you think about it, almost everyone gets hungry by three hours, even as adults. That's why we're ready for lunch by noon after breakfasting at 9, and why we often have an afternoon snack before dinner.
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    Iryssa(24), DH(27)

    DS born Sept. 21 '07, 8.5lbs
    Nursed for the last time Oct. 20 '08

    DD born Jan. 20, '09, 8lbs 14oz


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007

    Default Re: Question about frequency

    As ppers said..totally normal. You have made it through the most difficult stage and things start to get more predictable from now on. Like ppers mentioned feeding time gets quicker and your lo's will be awake for longer periods which means you get the chance to play with her.

    Once your lo starts solids you will have longer between BF.....even when your lo is taking solids s/he will usually have 3 main meals with a snacks in between...they need regular healthy meals to help growth and development at all ages/stages.


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