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TheGirlAtTheJingleBellRockShow Sun 07-Dec-14 11:12:30

DD is 5 months old, weighs 13lb - has been following 9th centile since a few weeks after birth. She was a month early. She was in NICU tube fed for 2 weeks. Discharged once reliably breastfeeding and gaining weight.
In the early days she fed (EBF) every 2 hours, then dropped to 3 hourly during the day around 3 months old. Now I try to feed her around 3 - 3.5 hourly and she cries and refuses to feed. After another 30-60 minutes she'll feed. She used to have reliable hunger cues but these disappeared at 4 months old and now she goes from 0-screaming in a few seconds.
4 hours between feeds seems a long time. Is this normal at this age? (all ages given are actual, not adjusted) I don't want her weight to be affected, we haven't started weaning yet and I don't feel she's quite ready.

squizita Sun 07-Dec-14 11:37:37

Does she feed strongly and for a while?
Are her nappies ok?

TheGirlAtTheJingleBellRockShow Sun 07-Dec-14 11:43:21

She feeds for 15+ minutes but falls asleep while feeding so not all of that is proper sucking.
Still having wet and dirty nappies

squizita Sun 07-Dec-14 11:50:24

My dd (9th percentile) feeds 10-20 min, hv and gp said that was fine. She falls asleep sometimes: I gently blow/stroke her face and also compress my breast. This starts her suckling.
Or I just wait it out if I'm watching TV as she wakes up to feed after a couple of mins!

TheGirlAtTheJingleBellRockShow Sun 07-Dec-14 12:02:29

I leave her till she pops off the breast, if I try to u latch her she'll start sucking again. Her actual feeds seem fine, it's the 4 hours between just doesn't seem frequent enough in my mind.

squizita Sun 07-Dec-14 12:13:34

You could ring an advice line and ask, I'm sure it is ok. But they'd know what's ok. If she was used to 2-3 hr feeds she'd ask for them again if she needed it.

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