A 27-year-old female asked:
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my son is 6 weeks and 9lbs14oz. is it ok to wake him up every 3 hour during the day so hopefully he will sleep at night or feed him his bottle on demand?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Feed on demand: Feed him on demand. Don't think that by waking him every three hours during the day that he will sleep through the night. He should be able to sleep through the night before too long.
Answered on Mar 13, 2013
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Feeding schedule: In my many years of experience, babies who do not sleep more than 3 hours during the day start sleeping longer at night. Go ahead, there is no harm in trying what you propose. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 21, 2013
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Modified demand: Wake him during the day, preferably after no more than 2.5 hours of sleep.Doing this pushes his deep sleep period to night when you do yours. At night he wakes you up for feeds. If you let a baby define the schedule, they will flip your day night pattern with a single 3-4 hour day nap.If you want him up at night, let him set the schedule.
Answered on Apr 3, 2014

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