How often to feed. - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 7 Old 08-06-2003, 11:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
heytootsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 204
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a 5 month old that is exclusively breastfed. How long should she go in between feedings?
heytootsy is offline  
#2 of 7 Old 08-07-2003, 12:31 AM
 
cinnamonamon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Back home in Michigan...& lovin it!
Posts: 4,912
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
:LOL CK'sMama, but that's exactly right. Don't worry about not going long enough -- if your baby isn't hungry she will refuse. The breastfeeding forum will give you lots of info.
cinnamonamon is offline  
#3 of 7 Old 08-07-2003, 03:45 AM
 
Piglet68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Posts: 11,097
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by heytootsy
I have a 5 month old that is exclusively breastfed. How long should she go in between feedings?
Exactly as long as she wants. Seriously, don't even bother concerning yourself with that. Nurse her when she wants to nurse and you needn't worry!

teapot2.GIF Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)  ribbonjigsaw.gif blogging.jpg homeschool.gif

Piglet68 is offline  
#4 of 7 Old 08-07-2003, 09:45 AM
 
wombat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 2,998
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 6 month old still nurses as frequently as she did when she was 3 months old. She eats little but often. I'm a grazer too so I can't blame her. Even her night feeds haven't changed - a feed about 10.30pm, 3am, 6am. After reading the books, I expected her to space her feedings out more but she hasn't. She's always been a little eater. So the books and other people's experience isn't always helpful when you wanna know the answer to these questions. Does she give you clear signals when she's hungry? That's another issue we had, my dd is so laidback, she doesn't signal very strongly when she's hungry.
wombat is offline  
#5 of 7 Old 08-07-2003, 02:34 PM
 
mama_kass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 2,577
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you are concearned that she doesn't eat as reguarly as she use to this is probably because her stomach is bigger and she can eat more in a sitting and eat less often.
mama_kass is offline  
#6 of 7 Old 08-07-2003, 02:57 PM
 
Britishmum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 4,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The only person who knows if a baby is hungry is the baby. Just as you are the only person who knows if you are hungry. Don't forget that she might be thirsty too. Sometimes she will want to nurse because she's thirsty.

Pay attention to her cues, and if you're unsure if she's hungry but think maybe she should be, offer. If she is, she'll nurse. If not, she won't.

It's really that simple. I have no idea why people try to make a 'science' of it.
Britishmum is offline  
#7 of 7 Old 08-11-2003, 04:54 AM
 
Fletchersmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Atascadero, CA
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So glad to read the above replies - all about feeding when babe is hungry. I worried so much when ds was a few months old and went 3-4 hours with out eating - and sometimes when he ate it did not seem long enough. I would sit and watch clock to make sure he was eating for at leat 10 minutes - as this is what breatfeeding "expert" wrote in book. When I realized my babe knew exactly what he was/is doing I got rid of the book.
Let your babe lead the way!

-Sara, working Mom to Fletcher (2003) and Magnolia (2008):, wife to Jim the best SAHD in the world (1999) NVC has changed my life
Fletchersmama is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off