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..yeah, odd place for it, but it works! A family member's attempts at breastfeeding were sabatoged (I suspect not only by her doctor, but her mother as well), and she was bombarded with formula, so she started using it. It screwed up her baby badly enough that she had to give him suppositories when he was a week or two old, and through trial and error found the "perfect" artificial milk for him. I visited this weekend, and met him for the first time. Among the idle chatter, she mentioned that the doctor told her to wait 5 hours between feedings. He's 3 weeks old. Is this normal for formula fed babies? I told her that it seemed really extreme, and she may want to get a second opinion, to which I was shot down by her mother - "Oh please, don't listen to her, listen to your doctor instead."<br><br>
Anybody know? I'm worried for her baby. He's super tiny (way smaller than my children were at birth), and doesn't look healthy at all, although I didn't tell her as much, lest I get shot down for "formula bashing.". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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5hrs is way too long. I nurse and supp with formula and my ds eats every 1.5-2hrs. He's sleeping longer at night now, but he's 6.5mo. She needs to feed him when he's hungry no matter what time it is.
 

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I *believe* the recommendation is to feed FF babies on cue, with an eye on the total amount they take in a day and their weight gain (ie, don't let them comfort suck on a bottle). But even people like Ezzo say every four hours, not five.<br><br>
Have you tried the Dr Green and Dr sears websites? Here's one link I found<br><a href="http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=21&action=detail&ref=857" target="_blank">http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=...detail&ref=857</a><br><br>
(I think this will be shifted to life with a babe)
 

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I used to work in a hospital newborn nursery and their requirements were every 3-4 hours--every 4 hours at least for formula feeding. If we had babes in the nursery, that's when we'd feed them.
 

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That sounds dangerous to me. She needs some info with authority to it, if you are going to be able to invalidate what her mother and ped says.<br><br>
what does AAP say about it? That might convince her. Unless her mother is a doctor, lol. You can also tell her how many pees & poops baby ought to be having and that any less is a problem...
 

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I really believe in feeding on cue, no matter how baby is fed. If the baby is wanting to go 5 hours, and has enough wet/poopy diapers & is goring well, I wouldn't be so concerned, but that is an awfully long time. Rachel ate about ever 2-3 hours, and twice at night. I think she was well over 6 months before she was going 5 hours during the day.
 

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That's waay to long. DS nurses on demand and he is given formula suppliment when I work. He is 10 months old and he STILL eats every 2 hours, if I am home sometimes he nurses every hour and 3 or 4 times at night. I think she needs to find a new doc, if she wasn't having problem with supply, maybe you could talk to her about relactating, as young as he is she shouldn't have too hard a time.
 

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I agree that sounds way to long. Pour baby!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I would try to find a time to talk to her when her mother isn't going to be around so you can be heard without being shot down.<br><br><a href="http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/feednewborn.html" target="_blank">http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/nut...ednewborn.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">A rigid feeding schedule is not necessary; you and your baby will eventually establish your unique feeding pattern. Babies know (and will let their parents know) when they're hungry and when they've had enough. Watch for signs that your baby is full (slow, uninterested sucking; turning away from the breast or bottle), and stop the feeding once these signs appear.<br></td>
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Poor thing! My son wasn't ff till after 1 and he ate more often than that!
 

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dd is 3 months old and is now exclusively FF. She eats about every 2 hours..sometimes it stretches to three hours, but not unless she has been napping in between. 5 hours seems absurd to me. The only time DD will go for 5 hours is during her first nighttime stretch. As long as the baby isn't just comfort sucking on a bottle, I see no reason not to go with his/her cues.
 

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This baby may be at risk for dehydration and failure to thrive, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.<br><br><a href="http://www.ezzo.info/AAP/aap_media_alert.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ezzo.info/AAP/aap_media_alert.htm</a>
 

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All babies should be fed on demand, whether it be formula or BM...
 

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We listen to my son's cues when he wants to eat (he's FF) and its almost always every 3 hours. When he was younger it was 3 hours on the dot. Now that he's eating more solids he'll sometimes go 4, but at that age it was 2.5-3 hours.
 

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5 hours?!?!?!??! That baby is gonna get sick if this keeps up. When my firstborn was ff at 6 months, I got up 3+ times at night to give him a bottle. He didn't start "sleeping through the night" until around 9-10 months. Even now at 18 months he still wakes at the same time every morning for his bottle. 5 hours is way way way too long.
 

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That poor baby!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I have just started feeding my seven month old formula and he is still eating every 2-3 hours.<br>
Five hours is not healthy, at all.<br>
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Wow - 5 hours is way too long to go between feedings on a regular basis for such a young babe. Is it possible she misinterpreted what the doctor said? I know my ped said to try and feed every 2-3 hours, but <i>never go longer than 5 hours</i> even if the baby is not acting hungry. Maybe she got similar advice but didn't quite hear the whole sentence. I really, honestly cannot imagine a doctor giving that advice.<br><br>
If she won't take advice from you I would show her the guidelines from a mainstream book like "What to Expect.."
 
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