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How to make a breast fed baby go longer between feeds

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popsycal Wed 25-May-05 21:50:59

DS2 is almost 12 weeks now and still only goes between 2 to 2.5 hours between feeds day and night.

I am still just going with the flow, but even at night he wakes up like clockwork....

Any ideas/suggestions?
Or should I just keep on going with it?

DS1 was mainly bottle fed by this age

hunkermunker Wed 25-May-05 21:52:03

Do you offer the second boob after he's had enough of the first?

hunkermunker Wed 25-May-05 21:52:16

But don't swap too soon!

dinny Wed 25-May-05 21:54:03

Hmmm, Posycal, ds still does this and he's nearly 9 months.... My advice is learn how to feed lying down, if you haven't already.... hth (sorry a bit useless!)

starlover Wed 25-May-05 21:54:30

it sounds ok to me... my ds is mixed fed, and even when he has had formula will often want more about 2.5 hours later (although it is sometimes more often)

i was breastfed when i was a baby and wanted feeding every 2 hours on the dot!

MumOnaMission Wed 25-May-05 22:44:54

Do you think it's hunger or comfort feeding? A dummy helped my dd go longer.

popsycal Thu 26-May-05 09:15:26

i do offer the second boob and half the time he will take it
sometimes he does seem hungry but at least part of it is comfort
he hates the dummy but i am persistin..he has just found his thumb in the last few days too....

i do bring him into bed with me and feed lying down but really dont like it and sometimes sleep worse than sitting up feeding then putting him back in his cot

i guess i will just keep going with the flow and try to push him a bit longer if i know he has had a particularly good feed

just conscious of going back to work in the not too distant future

popsycal Thu 26-May-05 09:18:41

forgot to add that he has mild reflux so over feeding means projectile vomit

guess i am stuck with little and often arent i

lima Thu 26-May-05 09:50:25

both mine only went 2 to 2.5 hours between feeds until they started sleeping through the night - around 5 to 6 months

bakedpotato Thu 26-May-05 10:01:00

I'm sure you've thought of trying ebm in a bottle in the late evening, after a breastfeed (when your supply is lowest anyway), to see if that will buy you both a longer stretch of sleep?
it should give you a clearer idea of whether he's waking for food, or just for comfort, in which case it might be easier to to experiment with leaving him for a bit, to see if he will resettle himself.

popsycal Thu 26-May-05 10:52:47

bakedpotato...that is exactly my plan for tonight....he hasnt had milk from a bottle yet but i have some ebm in the fridge now

thanks for your advice everyone
i have a feeling that it is becoming habit waking and relying on the boob to fall asleep

bakedpotato Thu 26-May-05 11:03:18

good luck with it

popsycal Fri 27-May-05 09:06:36

he wouldnt take a bottle
but i will persist
timed his feeds last night
10pm, 12:30, 1:15, 3:10, 4:05, 5:10 then woken up by ds1 at 5:40

that is what happens if i bring him into bed with me

tonights plan. feed sitting up and use dummy if he has fed within the previous 3 hours
feeling pressured to sort this as I am meant to be returning to work in the not too distant future

popsycal Fri 27-May-05 09:07:14

he fed at 6:30 and is asleep now......going to push him to wait til 9:30....send sleep vibes please

Mirage Fri 27-May-05 19:12:51

popsycal,dd1 started doing this at 6wks,after previously going 3 hours between feeds.She wasn't physically taking any more milk,just the same amount every 2-2.5 hours.It turned out that she was a 'sucky' baby & just wanted comfort,so we introduced a dummy & that did the trick.

Sleep vibes coming your way.

popsycal Fri 27-May-05 19:19:12

been strict mummmy today...made him go at least 3 hours between feeds...took more milk each time and seemed happier and less screamy

also forced him to have dummy which he hates
tonights plan: use ummy first befire feeding; feed sitting up and put him in cot after a co sleeping; try not to feed befire 3 hours is up

bakedpotato Sat 28-May-05 10:32:12

How did it go, popsycal?

popsycal Sat 28-May-05 10:43:57

it didnt

bakedpotato Sat 28-May-05 11:07:23

What happened?

popsycal Sat 28-May-05 11:10:28

i fed him in bed watching big brother and fell asleep and then he was there for the night

plan b - go to bed early so he is in his cot

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