question about night feedings

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question about night feedings
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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 9:54pm
I have a 7 week old who takes half formula/half breastmilk, 5 0unces consistently every 4 hours to a total of 30 ounces a day. He gets up twice at night (usually around midnight and 4 am). How can I get him to sleep a little longer? Do I increase the amount of his day feedings, eg.. 6 ounces every 4 hours, or do I increase the frequency of his feedings, eg. every 3 hours? I'm not expecting him to sleep through the night at this stage, but we can't seem to go longer than 4 hours, or I don't know if this will happen naturally without me having to adjust the feedings. thanks

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 10:15pm
You can't control your baby. Get that out of your head. You have a 7 week old. Hardly old enough to be sleeping through the night. Come back and ask this same question when he's a year old.

A baby exclusively formula fed "average" intake should be 2-3oz of formula per lb per 24hours.

Enjoy your baby. Also, realize that your days of sleeping in or even soundly....are over!! Consider yourself lucky if you have children who don't bother you at all through the night. As your infant gets older, the time between wakings will increase but to expect a newborn to sleep through the night is ridiculous. And those mothers who have infants who do for any amount of time are purely lucky.


christine


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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 10:24pm
Unfortunately, the only way to get him to go longer, IMO, is to wait a few more weeks! It will get easier soon - but nighttime sleep doesn't organize until around 4 months in a lot of babies. Mine slept thru earlier, but through no input from me... she was just ready.

IMO, increasing the amount of feedings won't help - they can only hold so much at a time. I wouldn't add rice cereal either, because most experts don't think this actually helps them sleep longer, and their little digestive systems aren't ready for it at this point.

I'd say your little one sounds like a normal 7 week old, and you're getting close to longer stretches soon - hang in there!

-Deb

 

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 11:21pm
Oh yes, I know how lucky I am... I am sure to be grateful every day for my wonderful sleeper. I am of the firm belief that you can do whatever you want and babies will still sleep through when THEY are ready. I did absolutely nothing to encourage her in any particular way, responded to every cry, etc.... and she just did it on her own. Like I said, she was ready - and I always remember to consider myself very lucky and am incredibly grateful!!!

-Deb

 

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 11:31pm
You butt. I wish mine had done that at an early age......but they didn't.

christine


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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 9:51am
I would have killed for my child to sleep 4 hours @ 7 weeks! I agree w/ Christine & Debbie. Your baby will sleep for longer stretches when he is ready. So there is really nothing you can do at this point but to wait it out. It shouldn;t be too much longer though.

Janet & nursling Sierra

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 11:41am
Your baby is sleeping INCREDIBLY well for a 7-week old!!!

I agree with the others. You can't manipulate your baby into sleep and it would be unhealthy for your baby for you to try. Babies NEED to wake and eat frequently. It is nature's way of protecting them, so be thankful for a 4-hour stretch of sleep! That's more than most get at that age!

Oh, and also keep in mind that "sleeping through the night" is defined as sleeping for 5 hours. So you are closer than you think!

Congratulations on your new baby! Enjoy EVERY moment- even at 4am!!!

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 12:02pm
We actually did more frequent daytime feedings with our DS early on, and I do think it helped him to go longer at night without a feeding. I think we had a debate on this board a while back about scheduled feedings vs. feeding on cue, and I definitely fell into the former category. Our ped suggested that we stick to an every 1.5-2 hour feeding schedule at first. Gradually, that time lengthened, but to this day (he's now nearly 19 months), my DS has never gone more than 3 daytime hours without eating or drinking something. Every four hours would definitely not have worked for him (he was/is a big boy and a big eater).

Anyway, as I said, I do think getting more formula (first four weeks, it was mix of breastmilk and formula) into him during the daytime hours helped us. Of course, every baby is different. I imagine some babies simply wouldn't feed that often, but all I can tell you is my experience. We're also believers in sleep training, though I would never say it will definitely work for every child. Worked like a charm for us, but we may just be very blessed in that department.

Best of luck to you!


Edited 4/30/2003 12:07:04 PM ET by kfira71

~Kim

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 6:07pm
I agree. I've heard that at least 25% of all kids, whether BF or FF, are not "sleeping through" by a year. And "sleeping through" in a small baby is considered a 5-6 hour stretch. If your baby sleeps from 10-3, he's "slept through". ;-)

Welcome to motherhood! It DOES get better, believe me!

Fio (whose DD1 started "sleeping through" at 27 mos!)