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how much do you feed your 3 month old?

I'm breast feeding. he wants food every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. the longest he goes is 5. he will only eat on one side , i can't get him to eat on both.

 
Hali_Taylor

Asked by Hali_Taylor at 12:23 AM on Nov. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Nursing one side a feeding is good. It's no longer believed that babies have to nurse both breasts a feeding. Every 1.5-2 hours sounds about right, 5 hours is a long time. Some babies go a long stretch at night and nurse more frequently during the day. Others don't nurse so often in the day and nurse frequently at night if they sleep with their moms.

    How you tell if your baby is getting enough is by weight gain. If your baby is gaining at least a pound a month then you know the baby is getting enough.
    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 12:33 AM on Nov. 27, 2009

  • Only nurse on one side. You need the baby to get the thin milk that comes out at first, and the fattier stuff that comes when they've nursed on one breast longer. Offer the breast often, and let him eat as long or as short as possible. If he's falling asleep, you can fiddle with him to keep him awake and kind of remind him what he's doing.
    RanaAurora

    Answer by RanaAurora at 12:44 AM on Nov. 27, 2009

  • well I formula fed so I'm probably no help... but my friend breast fed and it sounds about right :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:22 AM on Nov. 27, 2009

  • At three months old they still eat pretty often. Let him eat un-interrupted whenever possible so he gets his fill. Also, 3 month old go through a nice big growth spurt, so they start eating more until they have increased your supply to meet their new needs.
    NoNonsenseMama

    Answer by NoNonsenseMama at 2:29 AM on Nov. 27, 2009

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