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How long do 6 week olds typically go between feedings at night?

Don't worry. I'm not trying to make DD go longer between meals. Far from it in fact.

A little background.
DD had some latch issues early on. With the help of our great ped and lactation consultant we got that worked out. There were some weight gain issues so we have been watching closely. Everything seems good, but obviously we are being vigilant.

Everyone emphasized feeding every 3 hours from start to start when she was a week or two old. At 6 weeks if I set the alarm every 3 hours at night she simply won't eat for more than a minute. So I've been setting alarms every 4 hours. Sometimes she wakes up earlier. Sometimes I wake her up. DH is worried about the longer times because if she were in the co-sleeper she would not sleep longer than 40 minutes. Because of that I have her sleeping with me and she is pretty blissed out and sleepy that way. DH is worried that she is too sleepy and his worry is starting to infect me. Last night I woke for the alarm, decided to pause for just a moment before getting up and fell back to sleep. She woke up at the 5 hour mark. I just don't know if that is a problem or not.

I planned to ask the ped about typical times but we had a family emergency and had to postpone. We have a scale at home now so I know she gained just fine last week even though we missed the official weight check.

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I would just follow her feeding cues as long as she's gaining weight.

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I would stop deliberately waking baby to feed if:
baby has regained birthweight
baby is gaining at a good rate
baby nurses at least 10 times in 24 hours
baby has at least a few active, alert periods while awake
baby is peeing and pooing plenty
baby is not jaundiced
you feel that breastfeeding is now going well and baby latches well and easily

Each kid is different, but I think that once those conditions are in place, you can safely trust baby to wake when she's ready to eat.

Do you know how to nurse side-lying? If you're sleeping with baby, you can sometimes induce them to nurse in their sleep, in that side-lying position.

Be sure baby isn't too warm while sleeping close to you-- keep the room cool, and keep baby thinly dressed if you think baby might be overheating-- is she sweaty and flushed? Sometimes being too hot can make babies drowsy and less inclined to nurse. That used to happen to DD2 sometimes at that age.
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