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Does a 4 mos. old still need to bf every 3 hours?

My DD wakes up every 3-3.5 hrs. at night to bf. You can seriously set a timer to it. Does she need to be eating this frequently?

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Asked by danielp at 1:09 PM on Jul. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She wouldn't be doing it if it wasn't necessary.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • Ditto. What she should always BF on demand and she still demands it every 3 hours. My son drank a bottle every 4 hours. But, he happened to have slept all night early on. Some don't.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • i disagree to the others. i can't say whether your daughter needs to eat every 3 hrs at night or not, although i'm leaning towards not. at a certain point they can switch from NEEDING to eat every 3 hours to just being in a routine of waking to eat every 3 hours (at night). This is why you see 9m olds still wanting to nurse every 3-4 hours at night. they most certainly can go through the night without eating, but their body is used to the routine and it's easier to keep it than to space them out. i would talk to your doc or some other medical professional that you trust about this, it's not really for someone that doesn't know you two personally to answer specifically yes or no.

    Answer by adamko84 at 1:54 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • Every child is different. Some children do feel the need to eat every three hours, while others decide they can sleep through the night. Your daughter seems to feel the need to BF every three hours, which is perfectly fine. My son started sleeping through the night around four months old, but around five months he started wanting to be fed 2-3 times a night again. It can depend on growth spurts, how much they're eating before bed, etc.

    It could be that your daughter is maybe not getting enough through breastfeeding. Some children act as though they need food more frequently due to being unsatisfied. It could be that she needs to up the oz's she recieves before bed, so that she's feeling more full and sleeping longer at night.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 2:26 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • My daughters both only woke up to nurse about twice at this age, HOWEVER, they nursed something like every hour to hour and a half during the day. You could try nursing more frequently during the day and see if she extends her nighttime stretches, though there's no guarantee. They're all so different!

    Answer by EmilySusan at 3:02 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • Some formula fed babies still need to eat that often. Formula or breastfeeding, you always feed on demand.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • Every child truly is different and it doesn't matter what they are fed. You may know someone with a baby the same age as yours whose child sleeps all night. You may know someone whose baby wakes every 2 hours. Until yours is much older (9 or 10 months at least) you are safest to assume yours knows what her body needs and wants.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:48 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

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