I was wondering what you guys thought about "stretching out" feedings. My bff tells me just about every time I see her that I should be stretching out my LO's feedings. That when he cries, I should let him cry it out a while and force him to get used to eating less frequently.
Personally I think it's cruel and if I miss out on the non verbal cues to feed him he can become frantic. And I don't blame him... I know I don't like to feel that "I'm straving" feeling.
Won't my LO eventually space out his own meal times? He is 3 months today and has already has spaced himself out at night. Last night was his very first 8 hour sleep without any meals (HORRAY!!!). Today he at approximately every 2 hours with a couple of times at closer to a 3 hour stretch, all without my prompting.
I'm really not sure what to do because my bff said that all the meals will make my baby fat and give him bad eating habits when he gets older. She said it's easier to do it now rather than put him on a diet when he's a little older. She also say's he needs to learn to not demand to eat, that I should control the meal time. That I am "spoiling" him. Should I take her advice?
My LO age: 3 months today
My LO weight: approx 12 pounds
Not really sure of the exact weight, but he fits his 3 month Carter's now and I just started with 12-18 lb pamper swaddlers today.