I breastfeed, so he eats every 2 hours still. I feed on demand and he's never gone more than 3 hours in the night without feeding (those nights are not often either) so I co-sleep with him so I can get some rest. In the early days you need to not let them go longer than 3-4 hours since some babies are very sleepy and don't wake up when they really want to be fed. Later on you can let them sleep until they wake to be fed.
Would I wake him now at 8 weeks old to be fed? HECK NO. But the first couple weeks I would for sure.
I was told to try and feed after 3/4 hours, and if they were too sleepy or showed no interest to just wait another hour and try again. If it gets to 6 hours use techniques to wake them up (stripping them down, changing their nappy, etc.) as they really should have fed by then. I used this rule with my LO and by 5 days she was back at her birth weight and is still a little chunk!
I was terrified that I wouldn't know what to do, and for the first few days I didn't. I was crying at OH to get her some formula because I was too scared she was hungry Oh boy am I glad OH put his foot down and didn't let me! After a couple of confusing days you and your LO will know each other better and you have so many midwives/doctors to check up on you and check you're both feeding okay Good luck!! x x
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