I guess I was one of the lucky ones - my ds was on an every-3-hours feeding schedule LIKE CLOCKWORK. It was just his little body's natural schedule. He also slept through one feeding at night so Igot a solid 6 hour break, then would nurse back to sleep and get another 2-3 hours. It changed when he was teething, around 4 months, during the night and he began to seek me out every hour or so, but during the day he still maintained a 3-hour thing. He's 10 months now and night-weaned, for the most part, so during the day he's back to eating every 3 hours or so.
I think it just depends on the baby. Some don't ingest enough to last them 3 full hours. They get sleepy or distracted and then they're hungry again sooner. DS always had a ferocious appetite so he'd fill up and stay filled. No wonder my nips hurt so bad when he was born and we started bf'ing! I had to get him on a 20-min each nipple schedule, because otherwise he'd nurse for an hour and a half easy! It worked well and he really seemed to get plenty of milk from me with that timing. The rest was just for comfort nursing. When we started solids I thought we'd be out of house and home the way he ate it up! I can totally imagine what he'll be like as a teenager eating everything in my house!
*Meghan* - Mom to Sam (5/14/08) and Joseph Scott born 9/10/09! and wife to amazing hubby Mike : ! WE LOVE OUR : FAMILY!