I know it's selfish, but I wanted him to sleep well and not get used to waking up so often at night. :) Check with your health care provider to determine when you can start feeding on demand during the night. They don’t seem to tell you when to stop though in my experience. Breastfed babies often cluster-feed, eating very frequently over a few hours and then taking a longer break. He actually wakes and feeds more often now but the angel sleeps longer at night. Are you sure you want to delete your discussion? I would wake to feed at night every 5-6 hours. So often go 3-3.5 hours between and have to wake to feed. I don’t know when I can stop waking my little girl to eat at nights. © 2020 Everyday Health, Inc. With that being said, if you can sneak in more feedings during the day, it might mean less feedings at night! Any night feed after 8pm should be capped at 120mls or a 30-minute breastfeed. - BabyCenter Canada My midwife and health visitor told me to wake little one for feeds if he had gone four hours. The general rule is that you feed at least every 3 hours until birth weight is regained, then go on-demand. reviewed by our medical review board and team of experts. From around 5pm he becomes a little bugger too- I don’t think I’ve had a meal without him in my arms yet. I’ve started to realize my little one is on a wake every 3 hours schedule and I feed him back to sleep. He’s gaining weight well and has lots of dirty and wet nappies. Often, though, similarly to what it sounds like you might be dealing with, along with the anticipation of cue-based feeding comes anxiety about whether or not it's okay to start following their baby's lead. I will add that he was only 6lb 2 at birth but at his last weigh in on Tuesday he was 7lb. Once you are at a 10-minute breastfeed or 90ml bottle feed, stop waking your baby for a dream feed. BabyCenter aims to share products and services we hope you’ll find interesting and helpful. BabyCentre may earn a commission from shopping links. When can I stop waking my baby to feed? My doctor told me I never need to wake my little one to eat unless there is a problem with weight gain. Even so, it's not at all unusual for younger babies to sleep for much longer stretches without needing to eat – or for older ones to continue waking up to eat. My little is nearly three weeks old and is formula fed. Here's How to Train an Early Riser, What to Do if Your Baby Is Waking Up in the Middle of the Night, Tips for stopping feed to sleep association. In my opinion I would stop waking your lo and enjoy that little bit of sleep. I'm also assuming that you have had a well check with the pediatrician since then- if so, did the pediatrician have any concerns about his weight, or advise you to continue waking every 3 hours? When can I stop waking up my baby in the middle of the night to feed? At this age, most babies will still want to wake often at night, and so night feedings are more for the baby. The nurses at the hospital as well as many things ive read say to stop waking baby to feed every 3 hrs once he is back up to birthweight. From there, monitor your baby's diaper output to ensure that he is getting enough. :). Breastfeeding: and sleep booklet . That’s when mother’s supply can begin to be an issue. When to stop Waking Baby to Feed at Night? The views expressed in community are solely the opinions of participants, and do not reflect those of What to Expect. But it depends on when she goes to bed, her age and stage, and other factors. Like you, many parents look forward to the day they can stop worrying about waking their newborns and feed on demand. At night, I let him go and often get one 4-5 hour stretch. The general rule is that you feed at least every 3 hours until birth weight is regained, then go on-demand. I still believe that he needs his naps more than anything and when he is hungry he'll know xx. I think it wasn't until a couple of months after my son's theoretical due date when the doc told us that waking up our son at 10pm to feed was basically training him to wake at 10pm and that we needed to stop doing this. My instincts were to leave him so I did. But yeah, he’s most settled on a night and sleeps well in his basket apart from waking for feeds xx. If your baby is getting up at 5 a.m. every morning and won't go back down either by self-soothing or after a feed and diaper change, that generally means your baby is waking up too early. Are you sure you want to delete your comment? When do we stop waking them to feed? We have upped his amount of milk recently to 4oz and last couple of days he is going four hours between some feeds- I feel he would go longer if I didn’t wake him. This action cannot be undone. Subject: When can I stop waking baby to feed? Here’s more on why you need to feed your newborn so frequently and wake him up if he sleeps through a scheduled feed: Baby's tummy empties easily. Those who are in favour of waking baby to feed usually give the following reasons: A little belly: A baby’s belly will be emptied sooner than an adult’s - breast milk is easily digested and your little one’s tummy is very small! When do you stop waking up baby to feed My LO is 3 weeks and can sleep for more than 3/4 hours straight so that I have to wake him up to feed him. I'm thinking she's overtired a lot because my husband, a SAHD, keeps her on the NICU feeding schedule of every 2-3 hours around the clock, with maybe a 4 hour stretch overnight. You are passing a message to a BabyCenter staff member. Your baby will need to feed more often than you. Baby girl is 17 weeks corrected now and I find she's been really fussy. I was just wondering whe So... little background; I'm from the October board. I'm so tired that sometimes I sleep through my alarm to wake her to feed and she ends up waking in her own about 4-5 hours after her last feed. my son is officially 1 month. Posted 06/02/2020 . However, I believe that they say to wake after 6 hours or so. That’s what I thought- I hate waking him as he obviously isn’t hungry if he’s sleeping and not crying. FirstTimeMum07. She is 6 weeks old now. From there, monitor your baby's diaper output to ensure that he is getting enough. We were signed off from midwife yesterday too. Premature and jaundiced babies may sleep through their hunger., which means you must wake them to feed. In general, a baby needs to be able to consume all of their calories in the daytime in order to be night-weaned. But when she goes to night sleep ( the first round- at 10.30pm) after a good feeding, she’s not waking up as usual. Seems like your little one is gaining fine. Use of this site is subject to our terms of use and privacy policy. Usually around 2:30 or 3?She does it sooooo crazy and it always wakes me up. Waking a Sleeping Baby He woke up of his own accord for his bottle after four hours just then. The first step is to stop setting any … Hi everyone, I’m a first time mum and exclusively breastfeeding. Feeding your baby to sleep is joyful but can become an entrenched habit that you want to break - before you do! Doctor at hospital says I need to wake him up every three hours. She is gaining weight perfectly. The information Netmums Parent Supporters provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional health advice. Dream feeding means waking her, or half-waking her, for a final feeding before your own bedtime. This educational content is not medical or diagnostic advice. She had lots of trouble gaining weight initially, but is doing better now. Read: Early Rising in Babies and Toddlers – 10 Tips to Resolve Early Wake-Ups. It is normal and appropriate for breastfeed babies to continue feeding during the night for up to six months and beyond.) She doesn’t seem to be fully awake when doing it either. When to stop waking baby for night feeds? Waking up to feed your baby in the early weeks can be mentally and physically tiring. Newborn babies should be fed anytime they indicate they are hungry, however, it should be at least every 2 hours during the day and at least one time during the night. hello all,My ds (dc2) will be 3 weeks tomorrow. Okay, for the past week (or 2?) My pediatrician said once baby has gained back birth weight, no need to wake at night anymore. If you feel a message or content violates these standards and would like to request its removal please submit the following information and our moderating team will respond shortly. Advertisement. Try an Extra Night Feed or “Dream Feed” You can try to dream feed her. I usually wait 3 hours during the day and 4 hours in the middle of the night. Pre delivery- the only thing that actually helps... Find advice, support, and good company (and some stuff just for fun). When do you stop waking up to feed? Keep the break to no more than two to three hours in the first two weeks, lactation consultant and author Anne Smith advises on BreastfeedingBasics.com. Never wake a baby to be fed, (unless underlining reasons for this)totally out dated advice, do what your instincts are telling you, Thank you. Once your baby has established a good weight gain pattern (at least 4 ounces per week, for babies under 4 months), you can stop waking baby to nurse and let him set his own pattern. Once your baby has a good weight gain pattern (4 oz a week) and are under 4 months old you can stop waking them for feedings and let them set their own schedule. my baby has been kicking her legs none stop in the middle of the night. Create an account or log in to participate. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends waking your baby to feed if he sleeps more than four hours at a time for the first two weeks. Once he passed his birth weight we were told we could let him sleep. Hmm... Ive always heard once they regain/go above their birth weight, you shouldn't have to wake them! Please whitelist our site to get all the best deals and offers from our partners. Those are the only reasons you’re advised to wake them up. I've been told no need to wake baby unless premie etc. Babies are pretty good at knowing when they're hungry. We respect everyone’s right to express their thoughts and opinions as long as they remain respectful of other community members, and meet What to Expect’s Terms of Use. My doctor said there is no need to wake a sleeping baby. Most babies will be able to take more milk around the same time the circadian rhythm hormones become influential. My LO was back up to birthweight after only 8 days..now 2 weeks old. If you try feed him and he takes a slurp or two then passes out, it's habitual Note: if he is taking full feeds, he likely needs to be tanked up during the day. With my Lo this didn’t happen for over a month after he was born but it was only because he wasn’t gaining enough. Consider teething, growth spurts ; If he's waking early from naps and is upset or cranky (2+ days in a row, it's habitual; You need to break the waking pattern, habitual waking. If your baby has surpassed his birth weight and is steadily gaining weight, you can stop feeding every 2 to 3 hours during the night and instead feed on demand. But somewhere between the ages of 4 and 6 months, most babies get enough calories during the day to sustain them for five or six hours at night.