Long Interval between the Feeds, Should I Wake Him Up?

2 mo.
Helen Hansen
Dear Kristine

It is quite normal that the breastfeeding frequency will change after the first three months. However, I still think that your son is too little to sleep for 8 hours at one stretch. A baby at his size and age should have at least 6 feeds a day, i.e. every 4 hours, and I therefore recommend that you wake him up in order to feed him.

The recommended milk intake a day is 1/6 of his body weight, i.e. his actual weight is 3400 g and his daily milk intake should be 550-600 ml. Bottle fed babies tend to eat more than breast fed babies.

Pay attention to the fact that the more often you breastfeed the more milk you will produce, thus your milk production will increase if you breastfeed every 2 hours instead of every 4 hours. At the same time, the hormone that stimulates the milk production increases at night; consequently you may increase the milk production by offering him an extra breast feed or two in the late evening, at night or early morning.

I hope this is helpful and I wish you the best of luck:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen


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