advice please! 3 week old feeding and sleep patterns
My 3 week old is still feeding every 2 hours, all day and all night, except for one 'long' period in the afternoon where she will go for 3 or 4 hours. I'm feeding her on demand and she is thriving, but I'm hoping that soon she will start to go longer between feeds? Does anyone have a baby who was similar, and how old were they when things started to space out a bit?
When she feeds she generally only has 1 boob, I offer the other (unless she's fallen asleep) but she rarely wants it. I'm not too worried about this as she's so healthy but I wonder if I could get her to take a bit more maybe she'd go longer between feeds?
My LO was the same. She still sometimes goes 2 hours, sometimes 4, but 3 on average. I also am feeding her on demand and only recently has she seemed to start to get her night and day straight. She is now going 3-4 hours between feeds at night. From what I have read on here it is pretty common. When she was having a growth spurt she could go as little as one hour between feeds!
It does gradually get better, but I'm sure you are exhausted at this point and would like an exact end date. We had a terrible 6 week growth spurt of cluster feeding and fussiness... after that was over things seemed to get SO much better. Hopefully that helps...
As for getting her to take more. I tried this and either she puked up the excess or she still was hungry in the same amount of time. I also tried to stretch it out longer to a specific time and this also didn't help and probably not the best idea (when she is hungry she should eat).
Week 3 and week 4 were growth spurt weeks for my LO. She fed endlessly. Around week 6 she began sleeping 5 hours at night. Sometimes she sleeps 6 or 7 hours. She is still doing the same thing at 2 months, but my friends with 3 month olds are having to get up in the middle of the night for feedings again.
I wouldn't complain. I would give anything for my son to feed every 2-3 hours. He feeds every hour and for 20-40 minutes. He turned 6 weeks last Friday. It was worst at the beginning. And yes he is getting enough, lots of wet/dirty diapers.
It's still very early days for you. They might not space out very much, but they start to become less impactful on your day when the feeds become quicker. We still have days now where DS would like a quick drink every 1.5-2 hours. Try to keep the "4th trimester" philosophy in mind-- the only reason he's out of your womb is because human brains are so large and advanced. He's still more suited to the uterine environment, where nutrition is delivered at a constant, slow rate. You'll look back and hardly believe that this time passed so quickly, even though it feels so restrictive and never-ending when you're in this moment.
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