Too long between breast feeds?

How, when and why to introduce foods other than breastmilk
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Too long between breast feeds?

Post by sals77 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:44 pm

I posted on a similar topic, but I'm wondering if 5 hourly feeding (which is what bubs is doing in the morning) is too long? My 6.5 old bubs REALLY took to solids and eats 3 full meals (100+grams- equivalent to a full jar/ pouch).

She feeds at 630am, and doesn't have her first nap till 9-930am, which means she's sometimes still in bed at 11am. So her 2nd feed is almost 5 hours from 1st. Rest of the day follows about 4 hourly. I always demand fed, but she won't demand now that she's on solids, so I'll offer after she wakes after each sleep.

Day looks loosely like this (it can vary slightly each day):

Wake around 6am
BF 630am
Solids 730am
Sleep 9 or 930am
BF 1030am if awake, but sometimes 11am if asleep
Solids 12pm
Sleep 1pm- ish
BF 230pm
Sometimes nap around 4-5pm
Solids 530pm
BF 630pm
Bed 7pm
Usually 1 feed around 3am -sometimes a few more to resettle!

I'm always worried about something! I'm hoping she's getting enough milk. She's happy and wet nappies are fine (she also has water)and weight gain great - better than BF alone.

So I wonder is sleep is more important than waking her up so she doesn't go longer than 4 hours between feeds?

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Post by fellare » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:22 pm

how old is your LO? I think it should be fine, they have bigger fewer feeds as they get older.
I'm pretty sure they'll let you know when they are hungry!
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Post by JMc » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:28 pm

If you're worried, could you offer a feed before she sleeps as well? It seems like she is eating a lot of solids. Maybe pull back a little on the solids if you want her to feed more. But if she is happy and you are happy then don't worry! Do you have an idea of how long you would like to feed her for? Would it upset you if she weaned sooner than you wanted?
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Post by sals77 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:45 pm

bubs is 6.5 months..... we've finally found our groove (I've always struggled to keep supply up) so I'm thinking to let it slide. I've stopped feeding her two courses so ave cut solids back a little.

I'm really reluctant to feed before sleep again. I did this for months and months and had to get a sleep specialist in. Her theory that was my feeding close to sleep was almost as bad as literally feeding to sleep and since I've tried to follow a feed- play - sleep routine sleep is much better (I know that's different to what most ABAers do, but something had to change!)

Thanks for suggestions though!

I want to feed till at least 1 year and then I was going to be guided by her.... happy to feed as long as she wants. I never even considered SHE would be the one to wean! But I've been reading stories on here about bubs weaning themselves. I really don't want that yet :(

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Post by fellare » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:49 pm

nah, it's way too early to wean. What does happen is that they get so distracted that they forget about feeding. This is why feeding to sleep is good, they are drowsy and not distracted, so feed. This is the only time of the day I feed S, unless I've been at work, he'll feed when I come home too.

maybe offer a feed straight after waking? Or a dream feed in the night? I don't really see how you're going to increase feeds during the day, there is 4 hours between each feed now.

but again, they usually have bigger feeds as they get older, she's probably just a very effective eater.
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Post by Otty » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:17 pm

fellare wrote:nah, it's way too early to wean. What does happen is that they get so distracted that they forget about feeding. This is why feeding to sleep is good, they are drowsy and not distracted, so feed. This is the only time of the day I feed S, unless I've been at work, he'll feed when I come home too.

maybe offer a feed straight after waking? Or a dream feed in the night? I don't really see how you're going to increase feeds during the day, there is 4 hours between each feed now.

but again, they usually have bigger feeds as they get older, she's probably just a very effective eater.
I totally agree. My DS was so distracted at this age it affected every feed except for the sleepy and overnight ones which were definitely the best! :-)
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Post by sals77 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:15 pm

She's definitely too interested in everything else!!

Has anyone used a breast feeding necklace for them to play with while feeding and are they effective?

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