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Old 10-10-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Spreading out night feedings

My DD is 4 months. I'm not expecting her to sleep through the night, but I'd link it if she went 3 hrs between feelings. Would it be inappropriate to have DH try and get her back to sleep if 3 hrs has not passed since her last feeding?

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Old 10-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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Re: Spreading out night feedings

I think you could definitely try.
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Re: Spreading out night feedings

If it would work better for your family it is not inappropriate at all. But remember she may be going through growth spurt so may not take to it. I would give a try though.
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My advice: feel free to try. But if its not working, don't force it.

My DS eats every 2hrs at night. There's not a thing I can do. Sometimes its longer. Usually depends on the kind of day we had and if he had constant access to feed.
Its been hard and exhausting for me to come to this realization. But my body and his stomach need to feed this many times. Every woman and every baby will have their rhythm.
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Absolutely try. I found I was more successful if my lo could go longer during the day between feedings. Once he could go 3 hours during the day I saw a significant improvement overnight.
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Re: Spreading out night feedings

If you're going to insist on this for baby, plan on feeding extra during the day. Baby absolutely needs all those calories so you'll have to make up for it some how.
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Whatever works for you is what works for you! I just found that when my DH gives my son his bottle (he gets one bottle of my milk a day for him to bond with dad) he sleeps better for the first stretch of the night.

It could be just me but during the day I pump 6 oz. after a morning feeding (between 9 and 10) and then at night when my DH feeds him I am happy if I can pump 3. My lactation consultant explained that many women's supply is less later in the evening and at night- for me I think my son actually gets more with his one bottle around 10 vs. breast feeding. Granted he's still drinking my milk I'm ok with it. He then usually sleeps until 3! So 11-3, with a possible stir at 12ish but if I hush him and he doesn't really cry then I figure he's not *really* hungry and may be awake out of habit to eat. This is just what I've found...

If he gets 7-8 good feedings during the day, and is having lots of poops and pees trying to have him go longer at night is a good thing IMO.
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