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Old 08-07-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

My 15 week old twins are sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night now, so I expect them to still want to nurse frequently during the day to make up for the longer break at night. But it seems like they are wanting to eat every 2 hours or so during the day. Is that normal? Of course I'm worried about my supply, and am wondering if that's why they can't hold out longer. I guess it's also possible that I'm misinterpreting their fussy periods for hunger...it's so hard to tell! I guess I'm just looking for a little encouragement and insight!

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Old 08-07-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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My 12 week old eats every 2-3 hours during the day and 3-4 during the night. I offer as much as possible and if she is fussy and isn't taking it, she wants her paci, she is fighting sleep, or has gas. I don't think them eating every 2 hours is abnormal, especially if they are sleeping longer stretches at night.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

My ds just turned 3mo and usually goes about 6-8hrs at night with no nursing, but then he eats often during the day to make up for it which I think is pretty normal for this age. He might have one daytime feeding that's stretched out to 3hrs, but mostly it's every 2hrs all day long, so about 9 or 10 feedings total in 24hrs. I think 8-12 is the recommended amount to shoot for at this age.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:42 PM   #4
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

Thanks for your quick replies mamas! I'm glad to hear your babies are in a similar routine. I guess sometimes with two it just feels like all I do is nurse!
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My ds is a bit older at 5 m but he sleeps one 5-6 hour stretch at night and eats every 2 hours during the day. We average 10 feedings a day

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Old 08-07-2011, 05:52 PM   #6
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

My almost 4 month old eats every 2-3 hours during the day and from 6PM-9PM he eats every hour. 9PM is bed time and he sleeps for a good 7-8 hour stretch at night. Gets up at 4AM or 5AM eats and go back to sleep till 7AM or 8AM.
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

Your lo's sound just fine. Dd is 4 months old and nurses between every 1 and 4 hours during the day. Bf'd babies nurse for more reasons than just hunger. They could be hungry that often or they could be looking for comfort, snuggles, etc. Bf'ing is more than just food.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:42 AM   #8
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

Thanks for your support...it's good for me to remember that sometimes my babies just need to nurse for the comfort and snuggles. During the times of high frequency I always doubt my supply...but the past few days I've just been trying to relax and enjoy my babies.
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

DS will be 3 months on the 15th and does the same amount of eating your LOs do. I used to doubt my supply in the evenings because, instead of a witching hour, DS nurses almost non-stop. My supply is lower in the evenings but that just means he nurses longer to fill his tummy before finally going to sleep.
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Re: How often does your 3 month old eat during the day?

My 3 month olds ate every 3-3.5 hours during the day usually something like 7, 10, 1,4,7 and 10pm. They were all STTN from 10PM to 7PM by that point.
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