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    Default Big, hungry baby boy feeding every 2-2.5

    As the heading suggests, my lovely DS is a big boy. At 16 weeks, he's 8kg, strong and pretty tall (I haven't measured him in a bit so not sure exact height).

    He was 3.5 at birth but he's just grown fast.

    He feeds pretty well every 2 to 2.5 hours during the day, occasionally stretching to 3 if we are busy or he has a longer than usual sleep. Overnight his first block of sleep is 3-4 hours, making 4 hours his longest sleep and feeding interval. After he wakes from that he sleeps and wakes for a feed either 3 but most likely every 2 hours.

    It's not a sleeping issue I don't think, he's good at going to sleep with a bit of patting and shushing or rocking/walking in the pram.

    So my question is - is he a big boy because I feed him all the time or is he hungry all the time because he's a big boy?


    The ABA pretty well supports feeding on demand whereas my GP thinks I'm feeding him too much and should put him on solids from four months which I'm not super keen to to.

    I like breastfeeding. After all the infertility, I'm good at breastfeeding and it feels like my super power.

    If it's a question of just hanging on another 8 weeks till he gets ready for solids then that's fine but I'm keen to hear from other mums of big hungry bubbas- did your baby also feed frequently? Were you told to 'stretch them out and did you? Could you?

    Personally I'm not able to 'stretch him' beyond what occurs naturally when he has to wait a bit for whatever reason and he gets stretched an extra half hour or 45 mins for a feed.

    Just want to hear from similar experiences and how things worked out for you.

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    My DS1 was this exactly! I still don't know if he was just destined to be big, or if I over fed him! He is 6 now and up until this point he has been super chubby, but looks like a normal 6yo now, although still eats a lot! He was 3.2kg birth weight, was 10kg by 6 months and 12kg by 12 months. He fed 2hrly day and night for the first few weeks, I though I was going to die from sleep deprivation, and my poor, poor nipples! He stretched out to 3 then 4 hours overnight but continued to feed 2hrly during the day until he was at least 3 or 4 months.
    I couldn't stretch the feeds out myself, no matter how I tried (or how many people told me to do it), just had to wait it out. I think perhaps he was building a great milk supply for me, as I've never had supply problems, and my next 2 babies fed 3-4hrly from day 1.
    Look after yourself as it is exhausting, but I would keep on doing what you're doing, you've done the hard yards already! And I would start solids when you think he is ready - able to sit up with minimal assistance, interested in eating etc.

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    My DS was a night cluster feeder and he fed very often too. He's 1 and still loves his feed

    I would just continue to feed on demand if you're ok with it. To me, he sounds perfectly normal.

    Eta.. I sought a lot of advice re breastfeeding in the beginning and my GP and MCHN's I spoke to never said to try to stretch out feeds!
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    Both my girls were fatty boombahs. My dd2 tripled her birth weight by 6mths. I always fed on demand till 12mths then implemented a boobie schedule. Bm is higher in calories and contains way more nutrients than solids. IMO unless Bub has reflux you are better off leaving solids till 6mths or longer. That way you can skip the irritating purée phase and go straight to normal food.

    I think you are doing a stellar job and you do have a super power

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBug'sMum View Post
    My DS1 was this exactly! I still don't know if he was just destined to be big, or if I over fed him! He is 6 now and up until this point he has been super chubby, but looks like a normal 6yo now, although still eats a lot! He was 3.2kg birth weight, was 10kg by 6 months and 12kg by 12 months. He fed 2hrly day and night for the first few weeks, I though I was going to die from sleep deprivation, and my poor, poor nipples! He stretched out to 3 then 4 hours overnight but continued to feed 2hrly during the day until he was at least 3 or 4 months.
    I couldn't stretch the feeds out myself, no matter how I tried (or how many people told me to do it), just had to wait it out. I think perhaps he was building a great milk supply for me, as I've never had supply problems, and my next 2 babies fed 3-4hrly from day 1.
    Look after yourself as it is exhausting, but I would keep on doing what you're doing, you've done the hard yards already! And I would start solids when you think he is ready - able to sit up with minimal assistance, interested in eating etc.
    Very wise lady you are

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    Thanks ladies it's great to have some reassurance. I forgot to add he isn't really even very chubby, just super sized. People ask me if he's six months except you can tell he's not because he's got hardly any hair 😳.

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    You're doing great. DD fed 2 hourly during the day until 6-7 months when her solids intake really got going. She was sooooo fat before she got crawling!
    She started having bits of food at around 5 months but only because she was really interested.
    I had similar feelings to you about BF after infertility and stretching out feeds didn't work she would just lose the plot.
    If you are happy and baby is happy just keep doing what you're doing. Try following The Milk Meg on Facebook, her posts are very encouraging she is an IBCLC.

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    Feed on demand if that's what makes you both happy and works for you. DS fed 2 - 2.5 hourly til 6 - 7 months. He's not even a big baby - 3rd percentile for weight and between 15th and 25th for height. I tried to stretch his feeds out for a couple of days on advice from a health care professional, and it didn't work for us - he was hungry and miserable. He dropped feeds when he was ready. We started solids at 5 months because he grabbed my bread roll and shoved it in his mouth when we were at a barbecue. I think he dropped to 3 hourly around 7 - 8 months, and then around 4 hourly at 9 months. Enjoy it! I miss the cosy cuddly breastfeeding sessions. Now he's so distracted and fidgety, and he doesn't want cuddles after his feeds any more.

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    Isn't it funny how no matter what you do there will be a health professional to tell you that you are doing it wrong.

    I feel like this is the one thing that doesn't need to be medicalised or over-analysed, the baby is hungry; I feed the baby. I think I'll just keep going and ignore my GP, MIL and others on that subject unless I find there's an actual problem.

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    Hey @ScubaGal, this was shared on my FB yesterday and it might be helpful (it also might not be). Either way I agree with you. Demand BF your baby is the way to go, especially at his age when he's exclusively BF.

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