My 3 week, 4 day-old baby has started sleeping 4-5 hours at a time, about twice a day. When he's awake during the middle of the day, he eats every 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but even so he sometimes only has 6-7 feedings in 24 hours. From everything I've read, at this age I thought he should still be eating every 2-3 hours, so I'm worried that this means he's not eating often enough.
Is it okay to let the baby determine how often he feeds, or should I should be waking him to eat? (His weight gain at his 10 day appointment was great, but he was feeding more often back then!)
I did call my pediatrician and she said that as long as he's stooling and urinating often enough I should use the time either to pump, or just to sleep! But I'm so worried that when he sleeps for longer than 3 hours I can't get to sleep anyway
Please let me know what you think! Thanks!!