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    My bub feeds very often - over the past 2 days he's been fussy in the heat and feeding every 1-2 hours. I feel this is normal (though exhausting) but I'm getting a lot of criticism from older relatives that I'm either spoiling the baby or there's something wrong with me or DS. DS is growing well and nappy is filled regularly. Guess I'm just after a bit of reassurance that I'm looking after my little man. I should add that the critics all formula fed and are very routine driven whereas I'm more baby-lead/attachment parenting.

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    All 6 bubs fed 1 to 2 hrs for the first few weeks and 2 hours for the first few months. Perfectly normal.

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    Default Breastfeeding frequency at 3-4 weeks

    First 6 weeks = nonstop feeding. This helps activate loads of milk production cells - there are very good reasons for all the feeding beyond just hunger

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding frequency at 3-4 weeks

    I agree with pp.
    Also wanted to add if it's hot you drink more why should bub miss out. They should get that you'd think.


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    Default Re: Breastfeeding frequency at 3-4 weeks

    Thank you all

    I'm feeling a little insecure due to fatigue and I'm not handling criticism well. I know they mean well but there's no way I would leave my little man hungry or upset when boobs work so well. I'm just a bit sick of "you're spoiling him" and "you'll have to train him out of feeding like that right now"

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    You're doing fine and ignore (as hard as it is) all those that are from the 'old school' way of thinking and say you're spoiling him. You can't spoil a baby, you really can't and especially in terms of feeding. When you demand feed in the early days it's non stop, it's supposed to be so you can establish supply and not to mention bond and provide comfort and warmth.

    Please don't let them make you feel insecure, just do what I used to do and nod politely (as if you're taking it on board) and sprout out the WHO recommendations if they're really persistant!

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    I'd tell your family to leave you alone.. Do what u feel is right for your baby. Sounds very normal to me. Good luck!

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    Sounds very normal to me. Feeding on demand is recommended by all major medical authorities and has been shown to increase IQ (regardless of whether you breast or formula feed). Of course a baby is going to want to drink frequently in the heat

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    Default Breastfeeding frequency at 3-4 weeks

    Arghhhhh frustrating hey
    Yep it's normal and yes formula feeding parents tend to look down sometimes as formula is more routine and they feed on an amount routinely so I guess they don't get the whole breast feeding on demand thing.
    It's good now anyway as your supply will increase well and you will need extra through summer
    Keep it up mumma your doing everything right , it's not spoiling it's keeping baby happy and healthy. You can't spoil a newborn enough anyway :-))

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    Default Re: Breastfeeding frequency at 3-4 weeks

    My 3 wk old is doing the same thing

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