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how can he still be hungry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

my son, who is three weeks old, started nursing at 11pm. it is now 2:46 am!!! i'm getting so freakin pissed off! how can he still be hungry?!!!!!


Asked by Anonymous at 5:48 AM on Dec. 2, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Many babys at this age cluster feed at night... eating about every hour! And it's normal. And often time they go a longer stretch at night of sleeping - a good thing!
    He might be having a growth spurt, and again, eat every hour! And this helps increase your supply, so it's a good thing!
    He might also just like to pacify, babies like to suck. Have you tried a pacifier?
    In addition, bottlefeeding won't ruin a breastfeeding relationship either if it's done once in awhile.... If you choose to give a bottle pick a bottle that has a slow flow and is made for breastfed infants - we use the breastflow bottles and have had really good luck with them. I have found it's not so much nipple confussion as flow confussion.. they like how fast it comes from the bottle... so if they work just as hard at the bottle it isn't really a problem. BUT if you give a bottle, you MUST pump to keep your supply up.


    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:20 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • some babies need more milk then others mayb try a bit of formula as well it will fill his little tummy up..good luck:D

    Answer by jacksonsmumm908 at 5:52 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • ok maybe go and buy some. most women have to give there babies formula as they are always hungry and it works as well.hope you figure something out

    Answer by jacksonsmumm908 at 5:57 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • breastfeeding is very hard the first few weeks! My girl is breastfed, we are at 10 weeks now. Some days I just want to quit, but it gets easier. It really does.

    He might not be hungry - but loves sucking on that mommy boobie! Do you try to take him off when he stops swallowing? And before feeding, I let my girl get good and hungry a few extra minutes so she will eat well - otherwise she lingers not really trying to get milk, just sucking on the boobie.

    Answer by sunmoonstars at 5:58 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • don't listen to jacksonsmum - you do not need formula. Talk to yor doc to make sure your baby is gaining weight and getting enough food from your breast.

    Breastmilk is digested so easily (it isperfect for babies) that they need to eat every 2 hours, and sometimes it feels like every hour! But it is good for them and they get plenty of it.

    Answer by sunmoonstars at 6:00 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • i was just saying some women have to do that it was only an option

    Answer by jacksonsmumm908 at 6:04 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • so i'm supposed to stay up all night and let him eat then?

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:05 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • u might have to tonight im sorry to say that

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:12 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Growth spurt. Let him nurse. It might even be just for comfort, but the frequent nursing will tell your body that it needs to produce, and bring your supply up. No, MOST women do not NEED to use formula, but MANY women believe that they need to, and then their supply drops.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:41 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Did he eat for almost 3 hours straight? Or did he go 3 hours between feeds? B/c the latter is completely normal. Even still, growth spurts will lead to cluster feeds where the baby will eat then stop then eat again very soon. It helps build up your supply and helps baby grow. Also very normal. LIke PP said, you don't need formula unless baby isn't growing. And even then if you work on latching and feeding properly, the probalby typically correctes itself. Also keep in mind that breastmilk is digested easier and therefore faster than formula so baby will be hungry a little sooner. Hang in there. It'll get better.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 AM on Dec. 2, 2008