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Should I wake my baby up to feed?

Should I wake my baby up to feed?

No: Infants have variable feeding patterns/timing and if they are gaining weight appropriately they can be allowed to feed on their pattern, unless it is too frequent. In general an average of every 3-4 hours is typical. In addition waking a baby to eat is easy but keeping them awake when they want to sleep is more difficult. ...Read more

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If my newborn is really tired, should I wake him up to feed?

If my newborn is really tired, should I wake him up to feed?

Yes: Newborn is usually sleepy when his/her weight is still below the birth weight. Newborn begins to cry for hunger when he/she has regained his birth-weight, and your milk supply is well established. Once he/she is gaining weight steadily, and your milk supply is well established, you can let baby feeds on demand. ...Read more

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Wake up when I hear my toddler crying during sleep, should I go to him?

Wake up when I hear my toddler crying during sleep, should I go to him?

It depends.: If your child isn't waking up during these episodes, he may be having night terrors. If so, the best things to do are to ensure there is nothing in his bed he can get hurt on, and keep him on a consistent sleep schedule. If he has a habit of waking and then crying, as long as he has no medical cause for this, it's best to see if he can put himself back to sleep. His doctor can advise. ...Read more

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My 4mnth old daughter sleeps at night 7hrs straight. Should I wake her up to breast-feed? When can I start solid food?

My 4mnth old daughter sleeps at night 7hrs straight. Should I wake her up to breast-feed?
When can I start solid food?

No: She will wake you when she needs to eat. Never wake a sleeping healthy baby at night to eat. You can start solid foods at any time now. My personal preference is to start slowly with cereals, fruits or veggies, introducing each new food for three days to test it out for possible reactions. ...Read more

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25 day old baby is always sleepy when feeding. I constantly have to nudge him to wake up & continue suckling at my breasts or bottles. What do I do?

25 day old baby is always sleepy when feeding. I constantly have to nudge him to wake up & continue suckling at my breasts or bottles. What do I do?

More info needed: Is he growing well? Is he voiding and stooling? Are you trying to feed him on a schedule or letting him feed on demand? I would be reassured if he is growing peeing and pooping and just wants to feed on his time. If you are still concerned have the doctor check him. ...Read more

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Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

No: Depending on the situation at work, a breastfeeding mom may be able to have someone bring the baby in for the mom to breastfeed; or more likely, the mom will pump milk at work and bring it home at the end of each workday. ...Read more

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I have a newborn baby and sometimes is hard (almost impossible) to wake her up to eat. What can I do to wake her up ?

Keep it simple: Babies do not need to be alert enough to say hello when they feed.They can be in a shallow alert state and feed effectively. Placing them to breast or offering a bottle is adequate stimulation for many.They just need their jaw to move to do the deed.Foot massage or facial stroking can bring some to alertness if needed. ...Read more

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I feed my 11week old before I put her to sleep at night. She wakes up for night feedings. How do I stop this habit and get her to sleep thru the night?

I feed my 11week old before I put her to sleep at night. She wakes up for night feedings. How do I stop this habit and get her to sleep thru the night?

Feed to wake: If a kid is fed as they wake up, changed later & stimulated until they tire, they do not need to be fed again before sleep. After a 2+hour sleep, they awake to feed & start over. Feeding prior to sleep sets up feeding as necessary with settling.An infant can only learn to self settle in the night if they are not trained to require feeding or rocking or whatever to settle in sleep. ...Read more

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Is it okay to breastfeed my 5week old baby every hour. ?He seems to be so hungry and wakes up after 30min. And wants to feed again.

Is it okay to breastfeed my 5week old baby every hour. ?He seems to be so hungry and wakes up after 30min. And wants to feed again.

Not fed enough: or thirsty, you can supplement with formula milk, or if you don't want so, check if your baby gets enough of your breast milk, as needed feeding even every hour isn't a problem if the baby is healthy and no other symptom ...Read more

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How can I avoid feeding after my baby turned 3 months old? If he wake up at 3am should I feed him?

How can I avoid feeding after my baby turned 3 months old? If he wake up at 3am should I feed him?

Baby feeding: You aren't doing anything wrong by feeding, but if you want to improve the sleep habits, slowly build on stretching out the feeds and stay consistent. Read "The Newborn Sleep Book" for more info. ...Read more

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Should I pick my baby up when she cries?

Should I pick my baby up when she cries?

Yes: In the first 3-4 months, you should comfort your baby when he/she cries, by talking, touching, holding, moving and/or feeding. You can not "spoil" a newborn by holding or soothing "too much". However, as the baby gets older, you need to allow them time to learn to "soothe themselves" and to wait short periods of time before being picked up. ...Read more

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What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

Now! : Feed her every three hours during the day, let her fall asleep on her own.Get her into the habit so it is not something new that she has to do in case she wakes up in the middle of the night.Goal-for you & your baby to sleep thru the night at least 8 hours & no night feedings!you will enjoy your baby much better, always happy & work faster.If you want a life, do it. My moms are very happy! ...Read more

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If baby spits up when do I feed her again?

If baby spits up when do I feed her again?

Spits up: How much, all of it, part of it, what ? Clean up your baby. I apologies for her bad behaviour. But were you taking time burping her, or were you in a hurry for poker game. I will feed her when she demands, this time. Now, don't make a habit of it, expecting an apology for all screw up, which you will. Don't yell or scream at baby, if you do ? I shall turn you to " cockroach". ...Read more

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How do i keep my baby awake when i breastfeed him?

How do i keep my baby awake when i breastfeed him?

Stimulate: Keeping newborns awake during nursing can be challenging. Undressing baby to the diaper, gently stimulating by rubbing the bottoms of the feet, changing breasts, and slightly increasing feeding intervals (no more than 3 hours apart please) may help. Learn to know when your baby is nursing for comfort rather than nourishment, and discourage it at night. ...Read more

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My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?

My infant is starting to spit up during feelings. Do I continue to feed him and how can I help prevent him spitting up?

Feedings and spittin: Hard answer without knowing your infant's age. But are you "burping" your baby after feedings. Babies take in alot of air using bottles and nipples - burping them will reduce the air bubble. Sometimes spitting up is due to formula issues - changing to a non cow's milk formula may help. Gaviscon drops may also help. If the spitting is getting worse - dicuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it , get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore.It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more

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My 2 month old sleeps for 7 hours at night. She never wake up for feeding. Should I forcefully wake her up and feed?

My 2 month old sleeps for 7 hours at night. She never wake up for feeding. Should I forcefully wake her up and feed?

Let babies sleep...: If she is happy and growing, leave her alone. After 3 months of age, parents can give a feeding at 10 p.m. or thereabouts, and expect the baby to sleep 6 hours. If a normal baby sleeps 6-8 hours and is fine the next day, she'll eat enough during the day to make up for sleeping all night (and parents will sleep well at night, too). A normal 2-month baby sleeping well at night means lucky parents. ...Read more

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If i breastfeed my daughter and she spits up a lot should I feed her again?

If i breastfeed my daughter and she spits up a lot should I feed her again?

Probably not...: Generally speaking if your daughter is gaining adequate weight as determined by your pediatrician plotting her growth curve for each well visit check-up, then you probably do not need to feed her a 2nd time. Many babies will drink until their little stomachs are overfilled, especially if your breast milk is plentiful. So, rest assured, normal weight and height curves indicate your baby has plenty. ...Read more

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Should i wake up newborn in the middle of the night to feed him or do I wait till he wakes up?

Should i wake up newborn in the middle of the night to feed him or do I wait till he wakes up?

Wake him up: Newborns should feed every 2-3 hours. Babies should not be allowed to sleep through the night until they are two months or older. ...Read more