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Old 02-13-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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So my grandma says to me yesterday....

That at DS2's age (4.5 months) he should be taking milk every... 6 hours.

SIX HOURS??????

When I responded he still nurses every 1.5-2 hours (if I count his nursing to sleep... If I don't count that mini-feed, it's like every 3-3.5) she said 'omg he still eats THAT much?' ...

I know there's nothing wrong with my baby but are there babies out there that really only eat 4 times a day (every 6 hours)? That's just NUTS to me... Even *I* eat more than that!

FTR - I'm the ONLY one in my family to breastfeed. My mom and aunt were FF, my cousin was FF, I was fed on evaporated milk and karo syrup (I was apparently too sensitive to have formula) and my brother was FF. My first was FF but he never went 6 hours, except occasionally at night.

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Old 02-13-2011, 07:53 AM   #2
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I came in from the main board. My son was FF and he wasn't even doing six hours at a year old. Your grandma probably just doesn't remember correctly or is miscalculating the age. I've never heard of a 4 month old going any more than 4 hours and that is even rare. My son was about every 3-3.5 at that age with Formula. And my understanding is breast fed babies need it more often. I Exclusively pumped to 4 months and yes he was going about every 2-2.5 on breast milk and when we went to full time FF he did lengthen out but no where near 6 hours.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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Re: So my grandma says to me yesterday....

umm, no. my lil guy is the same age. we get one 5-6 hour stretch at night that i love him dearly for, but the rest of the time it's every 3-4 hours like clockwork. i'd say he has a solid feed every 4 hours, and then a few 'drinks' or short feeds throughout the day.
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no way 6 hours. my twins didn't start going longer than 2 hrs til they were abut 10 months old.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
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lol my kids have never gone 6 hours when infants.
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Re: So my grandma says to me yesterday....

Feed him when he's hungry. My almost-6-month old still eats every 2 hours some days! I'm glad you're not taking the advice too seriously. 6 hours?? Maybe she's just forgotten how often infants do eat.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:25 AM   #7
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Re: So my grandma says to me yesterday....

I just thought it was comical.. I'm on baby #3 and NONE of my kids (FF or BF) have ever gone 6 hours between feeds.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:40 AM   #8
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Re: So my grandma says to me yesterday....

They used to tell parents to only feed every 6 hours and to put them back in their cribs so they don't get over stimulated or attached.
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my ds turned two in January and still nurses routinely more than every 6 hours. He can go longer if we are out and about and he is distracted, but he is TWO.
You are doing just fine. Shoot my grandma was feeding my dad lasagna at 2 weeks and got mad at me because I would not at two months
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Our sweet moms and grandmas have the weirdest memories. Sigh. Just nod, smile and tell her that he's a growing boy.
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