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When Can Breastfed Baby Lose Night Feeding
3 months breastfed baby is now sleeping for 4 hours straight at night, when will she start sleeping 5-6 hours & is it safe not to feed for that long?
Possible now: Infants > 10 lb & taking well during the day can often sleep 5-6 hours or more at night.Few sleep > 4hrs without arousing and self settling but if allowed to they can resettle without a feed.The trick seems to come from day feedings that occur as they wake, not as part of settling to sleep.Kids that are fed as part of the sleep ritual cannot resettle without a feed & have delays in this milestone. ...Read more
Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more
Is it ok to let my 3 month old breastfed baby sleep until she wakes up to feed? Or should I wake her to feed her?
Im having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?
Have someone else : Offer the bottle.If she can smell you, she doesn't want the back up plan. Have your spouse or a friend offer the bottle when she is hungry & leave the area. After she figures out the idea you may get her to cooperate with you later. ...Read more
When should I feed my breastfed baby cereal? She's 3.5 months. Feds a lot and is fussy. Not sure if my breastmilk is fully satisfying her
Unnecessary : 50 years ago infants were fed solids early ; frequently to make up for deficiencies in the evaporated milk formulas moms made at home. Today early feeds are an antiquated practice ; do not add to the child's nutrition. Today solids are viewed as a tutorial to transition baby to the table. Starting at 6m as the tongue thrust fades ; baby begins to sit is early enough. ...Read more
My breastfed baby started waking up at 6months, 1 time per night, now at 1year& he wakes up 4 times per night. What should I do& what is the reason?
The reason is most..: ....Likely that he has come to understand that when he awakens and calls out, you come into the room. A 1 year old doesn't need to feed 4 times a night if he's eating well in daytime. Check to make sure he's ok (dry, not feverish etc.), then don't pick him up or otherwise indulge him. If he's physically ok, leave the room. Expect him to scream. He needs to learn to self soothe. ...Read more
My 5 month old breastfed baby keeps waking up 10+ times
at night from discomfort for the past three months . What can I do to help him?
Every baby differs: Frequency of breast feeding depends on age and weight of the baby, as well as quality ; quantity of milk with each feeding. Most babies who weigh about 12 pounds will be able to sleep 6 hours at night, but then will often cluster feed during the day to compensate. Some babies fast and stop after 1 side, and only get a 1/2 feeding. Limit side 1 to 10 min, then switch. Mom needs fluids ; rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why ever????: If you are interested in transitioning baby to solids, they should get the "tutoring" of using their mouth & tongue a different way. It should not be put in a bottle of breast milk. A paste or puree of the material should be offered off a spoon. If baby is not interested, there is no harm in waiting until s/he is. Six months is the time most have lost their tongue thrust & feed easily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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