My dd was 2.5kg and she fed 3 hourly max around the clock until about 4-5 months. The maternal health nurse and paediatrician were horrified that she was feeding sometimes 10 times a day at that age! Mainly for my rest and sanity so we cut it down to the 6 or so recommended feeds per day at 6 months and she actually started eating and sleeping better so I think the amount of feeding was mainly just for comfort rather than food. She has followed the 25th percentile curve since her due date (born at 36 weeks) so has just never been a big child. Not sure this is what you're after but just my experience with a small baby.
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15-03-2016 21:17 #21Senior Member
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Hey @Little Miss Sunshine, me again 😀
My DD was 2.6kg at birth - she was born at 36+4 and was small due to early onset preeclampsia. DH and I are big people so for us she was a tiny baby (he is 195cm tall and I'm 172cm). I think she was 15th centile at birth but she's now 8kg+ and 50-75th so she stacked it on over the past months.
I've always fed on demand/offered extra. From about 2 months (about4kg) she was feeding twice overnight so she was able to go 5-6 hours without feeds overnight and that built up to 6-8 hours on first stretch then 4-5hours on second stretch overnight (before our horrible night sleeping issues started!). She's now back to just one feed overnight, I feed at 6:30pm then 5am at the moment. She wakes around 2-3 but I give her a dummy first. She's only taken a dummy for the last 1-2 months never accepted one before that. And she never took a bottle either but now loves her bbox straw cup (only giving water I gave up expressing ages ago).
Up until we went to sleep school about 6 weeks ago she was still feeding 2-3hourly during the day. But that was mainly me offering boob very frequently rather than her demanding.
One of my goals was to space out feeds to develop a day routine. We had never been able to have a feed-play-sleep routine or any kind of day routine. We quite easily moved to space the day feeds out to the point now I don't think she's feeding enough! I did feel like she was just snacking before and I wanted her to have fewer bigger feeds than more frequent tiny feeds. Before I would feed when she woke and again before her nap as I was so paranoid she wouldnt sleep if I didn't feed her up.
She now does 4-6 hours between feeds during the day (so 3-4 feeds) and 1 feed overnight. This has obviously made a day routine feasible and that's working nicely. Some days though she only has 3-4 small feeds and she's not taking a great deal of solids so I'll keep an eye on weight gain but she seems ok at the moment. I'm feeding now 5am, 9-9:30, 1:30-2 offer at 4, 6:30 but as I said sometimes they are only 4-5minutes!
Does your bub demand boob all the time or are you offering? Have you tried to stretch out?
Not sure if this post is at all useful to you lol.
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Little Miss Sunshine (16-03-2016)
15-03-2016 22:58 #23
My Bub was average size at birth and fed every 1.5-2 hrs (day and night) until she really got stuck into solids. Now at 8 months she is 11 kg (!) and doesn't have much milk during the day but plenty of solids. Still feeds every 2 hrs overnight.
I think bubs size has little do to with anything. As I'm learning this parenting gig I'm realising all babies are just different and comparisons with other babies often just drives parents insane
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