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My dd will be 4 weeks on Wed. She is nursing at least every two hrs during the day and three at night. She is still pretty sleepy-I nurse on demand unless its been almost 2 hrs then i wake her to nurse. When can I go completely on demand-and let her sleep when she wants during the day? She did gain back to her birth weight by 2 wks. She wakes on her own at night every 3 hrs.
 

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If she is thriving and gaining weight, I would be comfortable going to on-demand ASAP. I did on-demand from birth on with my second child (he gained back his birthweight plus some in a week or two) and he is a healthy, thriving little guy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If she is thriving and gaining weight, I would be comfortable going to on-demand ASAP. I did on-demand from birth on with my second child (he gained back his birthweight plus some in a week or two) and he is a healthy, thriving little guy.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">If she is thriving and gaining weight, I would be comfortable going to on-demand ASAP. I did on-demand from birth on with my second child (he gained back his birthweight plus some in a week or two) and he is a healthy, thriving little guy.</div>
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I woke DS I think twice to nurse. He screamed like a demon for hours. We didn't do it again.<br>
ETA: DS also had his own pattern. He would nurse and nurse and nurse til I thought I was going crazy, (Like every 20 min) and then fall asleep and sleep for 3-4 hours at a time.
 

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I woke my younger DS up at first because he would not wake up for any feedings on his own, but yours is already waking up for some feedings, so I don't think you need to keep waking her up at all. (She's probably just not hungry after not even 2 hours, if she is waking up on her own after 3 hours let her do that, that would still be 8 feedings in 24 hours which is within normal range.)
 

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I wouldn't wake mine, unless she had problems that required the extra food (early jaundice or slow weight gain, for example). Mine has been fully "on demand" since birth, and at 4 wks she sometimes went up to 3 hours during the day - and up to 5 at night (not often though).<br><br>
She's growing great, so I figure she knows when she's hungry.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If she is thriving and gaining weight, I would be comfortable going to on-demand ASAP. I did on-demand from birth on with my second child (he gained back his birthweight plus some in a week or two) and he is a healthy, thriving little guy.</div>
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I agree. Especially since your baby is gaining weight. That is the major indicator that on-demand is okay.
 

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We were on-demand from Day 1, but my kid is one of those who wanted to eat, oh, every 10 minutes until he was 8 months old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks so much for your replies. I have been doing more on demand during the day these past two days and she is doing great-thanks for the encouragement<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Her 4 week weight check is tomorrow-so once I know for sure that everything is good-I think I will stop waking her during the day.
 

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I always went on demand once a good pattern of weight gain had been established. All three of mine were jaundiced and groggy, and the twins were small and early, so we always woke them until they'd regained their birthweight and then some.
 

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as soon as DS had regained his birthweight, we went to on-demand, and it worked out fine. He woke up on his own when he was hungry and definitely let us know.
 

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Wow, I feel like an idiot. I didn't know there was any such thing as not bfing on-demand like what you describe. I never even though to wake my baby to feed her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Of course, I never was painfully full so I never felt the desire to ease the pressure or anything. I figured if she was sleeping, she must need to sleep.<br><br>
So yeah, I guess we did on-demand from day one. She slept 6 hours at a time at night when she was born. Now she can go 8-10 hours without wanting to nurse. She's a big healthy girl!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, I feel like an idiot. I didn't know there was any such thing as not bfing on-demand like what you describe. I never even though to wake my baby to feed her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Of course, I never was painfully full so I never felt the desire to ease the pressure or anything. I figured if she was sleeping, she must need to sleep.<br><br>
So yeah, I guess we did on-demand from day one. She slept 6 hours at a time at night when she was born. Now she can go 8-10 hours without wanting to nurse. She's a big healthy girl!</div>
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Don't feel like an idiot! I don't wake mine either. I'm 11 days into baby number 2. Number one we tried to wake the first few days, but he would wake up for two minutes, then go right back to sleep. So we nursed on demand. He gained weight great! He was up to birth weight by a week. With this one I let him sleep. He will sleep for 3 hours during the day and maybe 4 hours at night. But during the day when he wakes up, he'll nurse 3 times in an hour or so period of time. He pees and poops a lot and I can tell he's gaining, so I'm not worried about it.<br><br>
To the OP, I would (obviously from my two paragraphs above) be ok with switching to on demand.
 

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I nursed on demand all along. My midwife told me that up to 4-5 hours isn't necessarily a problem if she is eating a lot when she eats. She's gained weight like mad so I think it was ok. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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