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    ive been told (mchn) to try and spread ds's feeds out to 3-4hrly during the day but im having trouble doing so. (he can and does go 8-9hrs o/night) i dont want to interfere with this!!
    Ive been feeding him 2hrly/demand since he was born, exclusively breastfed. He is 5.8kg, 5.5weeks old. I also think we are about to, if not already, hitting a growth spurt.
    He's not napping for long during day (40mins-1hr most of that time he is self settling) he has about 4 of these short ones a day and "sometimes" if im lucky, a longer one for 3hrs in the late arvo. His feeds are done in 20mins max. He is still a little young to be awake for 2hrs?! he clearly gets tired after 15mins on the floor having a kick after i have fed him. so how do i lengthen out the feeds?
    I thought by 6 weeks things regulate? i think my ds is just a bit of a piggy?
    Im ok with the frequent feeding and just going with him, but hey, 3hrs does sound nice
    Any advice?

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    At 6 weeks they often have a growth /feeding spurt, I would just keep doing what you are doing for now, see if he has the feeding spurt and how he shapes up on the other side of that.

    I actually disagree with what your MCHN told you. I demand fed and let dd set the pace and she worked it out in her own time.

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    I just want to say go with your instincts. MCHN do not know everything. They are purely doing the whole trial and error thing just like you.

    My DS is 15 weeks old and still feeds three hourly during the day. Unless they have given you a reason for extending the feeds I would continue doing what you are if it is working for you.

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    Default Re: longer between feed?

    If it ain't broke I personally think it works the other way round- they feed less as they sleep more. Well, that's how it worked for DS anyway. And if you're getting 9 hours overnight then you're on to a good thing!


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