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    Default Overnight feeding

    Due to slow weight gain, I have been told I need to wake my 7 week old (1 week corrected) ds overnight for a bottle. He’s been sleeping through from around 10pm to 6/7am for a couple of weeks. Normally, he is fed on demand so I have no idea what time to wake him overnight!

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    i’d prob wake around 2am, that way he’s not going more than 4 hours without a feed. if the feee takes 45-60 mins, including bum change and burp, it means you can get back to bed around 3 and get another 3 hours sleep yourself. dd is bf but if she wakes overnight, i hate the 4-5am feeds as you can’t really go back to sleep after which means your day effectively starts very early.

    did they give you any indication what time to wake him for the overnight feed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    i’d prob wake around 2am, that way he’s not going more than 4 hours without a feed. if the feee takes 45-60 mins, including bum change and burp, it means you can get back to bed around 3 and get another 3 hours sleep yourself. dd is bf but if she wakes overnight, i hate the 4-5am feeds as you can’t really go back to sleep after which means your day effectively starts very early.

    did they give you any indication what time to wake him for the overnight feed?
    That’s what I was thinking. Nope she didn’t give any indication of time, just to wake him.

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    When DD was tiny she would have a dream feed at around 1030 but she would then wake herself about 1 and 4 and get up about 7. Other nights she would be up hourly. I think about 2, don’t fully wake him unless he won’t drink.

    It’s tough but these little bubbas need all the food they can get. By 13 months DD was sleeping 7-6 so it’s not forever.

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    With our prem we were on 3hrly bf’s plus top up until he hit 3.5kgs. I’d probs go 1 & enjoy that chunk of sleep.
    Ds2 (11mths) hasn’t got the memo that he’s not a newborn & still feeds 3hrly round the clock

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    DD2 wasn't prem so might be different but we were told to wake her and feed her as she should be feeding about four hourly. She wouldn't take the feed and was then really angry that we had disturbed her sleep. Tried dream feeding before we went to bed too, again this didn't work either.
    Looking back now it caused me a great deal of angst as I couldn't understand how she was feeding so little and still tracking at 50%. She would go weeks from about 6 weeks old where she'd maybe drink 50ml in a day. 10ml a feed.

    And when she did wake up in the night, it would never be for a feed. DH and I are just fun to hang out with at 2am

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    When I was breast feeding, I'd dream feed mine using a bottle that doesn't cause nipple confusions - I think it was Mandala brand. This meant she fed whilst still asleep so I didn't have to wake her/resettle etc. Life saver.

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    I wouldn't go over 4 hours. I had to wake DD1 when she was little for FTT. She was sleeping through and literally didn't have the energy to wake


 

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