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I looked on the threads and couldn't find the question I have. So I am sorry if I didn't look back far enough. But my dd is 5 months old. And I have had an ear full from my grandmothers about how I am spoiling her with ploping out my breast every 3 hours for her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> , she should be going longer and she has all of what she needs from breastfeeding, so I need to stop breast feeding her. OK I am not going to stop any time soon with the breast feeding, but should she be going longer between feedings????? One grandma says 4 hours and the other says 6 hours between feedings. But hell there isn't 6 hours between breakfast and lunch, and not hardly 6 hours between lunch and dinner. So I think 4 hours may be more applicable, but not sure. I thought she would just start going longer between feedings on her own. My first born did. I know I can't compair the two, but don't you feed a hungry baby? She sleeps through the night, feeding every three hours doesn't seem out of the ordinary, but for some reason I just want to know, am I ok?????
 

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Feed her when she's hungry and tell everyone else to shut up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> You are not spoiling her. Babies have small tummies/breastmilk digests quickly and they need to eat often.
 

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Every three hours doesn't seem like a terrible frequency to me! Tell Grandma to butt out (nicely) and remind her that, like Kathryn said, breastmilk is quickly digested and your baby is a growing girl who needs to eat!
 

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I nursed my dd for what seemed like every two hours or so till she was over 2 years old. Then it started to taper off a bit. I agree with the pp tho...feed that girl whenever she is hungry. You will not spoil her for it!
 

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Every baby has a different metabolism, just like every adult has a different metabolism. Would you deprive me of food just because *you* weren't hungry? (I know you wouldn't, but that's just an example.)<br><br>
My son ate every 1.5 hours for the first 3-4 months, then every 2 hours until he was 6-7 months, and he still breastfeeds so often I lose track these days. Your baby is the expert on what she needs, and will lead impeccably to the right answer. I'm sure your grandmother has good intentions, but she does not know your baby's needs and communications like you do, and it sounds like she also has outdated medical information.<br><br>
So thank your lucky stars that the medical establishment no longer recommends schedules -- tell your gmother that if she can hear it -- and go on nursing! And if the frequency is getting to *you*, then spend some time learning how to nurse hands-free in a sling -- that will help.<br><br>
Take care! You're doing Great!!
 

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feed on demand. If you try to schedule your baby 1) her needs could go unmet and 2) your supply could drop. Please don't listen to bad bf advice. Join LLL.
 

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I feed my five month old every 2-3 hours. I don't go by a clock, just by his needs. Sometimes he's fine for four hours, and sometimes he'll want to nurse all day.<br><br>
Feed her when she's hungry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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holy cow! 3.4.6 hours intervals are all VERY big intervals. Breastfeeding is not just food!<br><br>
Nurse that baby and just smile and nod to the grannies. I promise you - this is a very short time and you cannot spoil the baby or harm it in any way by responding promptly to its every request!
 

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I have never timed ds's feedings, but I am pretty sure they are WAY less than three hours apart, even through the night. He is 6.5 months.
 

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Ds is 6 months and never goes 3 hrs, except at night. Its often every half hour or hour during the day. Dont forget babies often nurse for comfort or thirst, not just hunger.<br><br>
I'd ignore them and continue to nurse on demand. It does slow down eventually, but 5 months is way too young. Once your dd starts eating more solids and drinking water, she'll nurse less. Until then, enjoy nursing her as often as she wishes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Nurse on-demand...whenever your baby wants it. It only takes 90 minutes for your baby's belly to empty of breastmilk. Formual takes about 3 hours.<br><br>
Also, remember your baby's stomache is about the size of a walnut, so our baby needs to eat frequently.<br><br>
DS (6 1/2M) nurses about every 2 hours..sometimes every half hour, depending on his emotional needs that day. And, he nurses all night.<br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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I had this same exact question! Thanks for all the great information!!!(and reassurance)<br><br>
Nak
 

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They are probably basing what they remember from bottlefeeding with cereal. Bottlefed babies can go longer than breastfed babies.<br><br>
Remember that breastfed babies digest the breastmilk faster so they will get hungrier sooner. I think my DD fed every 2 to 3 hours when she was 5 months old. She probably didn't go to 4 hours until I started a PT job when she was 13 months old actually.
 

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Well i have a 9 month old that goes about 2 hours all day long, if we are at home, if we are out and about now she will go longer b/c she doesnt' want to "miss" something. But she's not eating solids yet on a regular schedual so i'm her main food source, she's easys about every 2-3 hours durring the day i would say if i times it it would be about 8:00, then around 10:30, 12:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:45, then again around 1am and 3 am and some times around 5am... She loves to nurse! LOL you dd is doing what's "normal"
 
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