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Krisnina June 19th, 2013 08:53 PM

Feeding schedule
What is your feeding schedule? Since Parker is a preemie and is under 5lbs, the doctor wants us to stick to a 2 hour, 3 hour max feeding schedule. I was pumping after feedings, but wasnt getting anything, maybe 10 ml tops, so I stopped pumping, since it adds extra time to long feelings anyway. Now I only pump if my husband is giving him formula....we are supplementing with formula and have been since his birth. I only skip (give solely formula)one / two feedings a day when I just need a break. Feeding every two hours is rough because some take 45 minutes....and then he only has an hour and fifteen before the next. Anyway, how are you other moms doing it? I'm beginning to hit the wall I am sp tired with all these feedings.

navywifey2003 June 19th, 2013 09:32 PM

Re: Feeding schedule
How much does he weigh now? We feed on demand. So even if its only been 20 minutes I nurse her again.

ashleykathleen June 19th, 2013 09:38 PM

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I also feed on demand. Basically, if Mac is hungry, Mac gets fed whether its 20min or 4 hours since her last feeding. I don't have a preemie so this is probably different, but I also don't wake her up at night to make her eat. She eats when she wakes up.

MerinSun June 19th, 2013 10:27 PM

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Rowan is a terrible feeder. We try to stick to every 2 hours but many times his feedings go on so long (30 to 60minutes, 45 average) that we have to add time in order to stretch out the spacing some. Today it took him at one feeding 30 minutes to eat one ounce. My toddler has gone absolutely wild because we can't go anywhere or do anything. We go back to the pediatrician on Friday. I will be asking for a referral for a specialist, what kind I haven't made up my mind yet. But there's just something not right.

Krisnina June 19th, 2013 11:35 PM

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He weighed 4lbs, 13oz on Monday..and he is two weeks old today. I also feed on demand, but havr to wake him to eat every second hour during the day and im trying to get him to sleep and feed on the third hour during the late nights. So are you all just doing it yourself, or is dh helping at all with bottles of expressed milk or formula?

navywifey2003 June 19th, 2013 11:48 PM

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No bottles here. I'm not even sure I would have time to pump. Hopefully he puts on some weight and you don't have to wake him much longer. You are doing great!

Huge hugs Bonnie!! I hope you get some answers!!

zkat June 20th, 2013 12:52 AM

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Feed on demand here, but he tends to eat either every 1.5 hours or every 2.5 for 20-40 min at a time.

I am exclusively BF right now. I only pump 1st thing in the morning. DH changes diapers, burps and gets bby back to sleep.

Steph625 June 20th, 2013 01:05 AM

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I feed on demand too which is every 2-3 hrs. Usually 2 hrs and they are on an average 30 min long sessions. No bottles. I pump at least once a day.
I'm starting to get exhausted too but just love looking down and seeing what I'm doing for my son.

Husband helps out in other areas. Dishes, cooking, playing with other children, calming baby, changes some diapers, and he is my water bottle filler upper! He feels bad he can't help out as much.

beatlechicksteph June 20th, 2013 06:39 AM

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I feed on demand as well, and it could be 30 min to 2 hours during the day and 4 hours at night. We do the occasional bottle, we've only done 3 since he was born, and he'll be 1 month on Saturday.

overlinmommy17 June 20th, 2013 09:19 AM

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I feed on demand as well which over the past few days has been constantly...literally. but we are making it somehow. I know its exhausting. I have been having serious ups and downs and it is worse when you are so sleep deprived.

My husband mainly helps take care of the other kids. And give me water.

SassySami June 20th, 2013 09:37 AM

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Well dude is not here yet.

But we feed on demand, so when he wants he will get it..

Remember nursing is a learning trail for both of you..

Merin- maybe he is tongue tied?

ashleykathleen June 20th, 2013 09:54 AM

Re: Feeding schedule
I do pump at least once a day as I'm trying to build up a supply for various outings and eventually when I go back to work. McKinley has only had one bottle since she was born. She took it just fine, it's just easier for me to feed her.

DF helps in other ways: changing diapers, getting her back to sleep, entertaining the other kids during the day, grabbing stuff for me when I'm stuck on the couch with a baby attached to me lol.

QueenCrafty June 20th, 2013 10:09 AM

I nurse on demand too. DH is my diaper changer, water filler, baby cuddler when I need a shower, and helps with the girls. I know he feels bad with the middle of the night cluster feeding but there really isn't anything he can do other than just be there.

Kim3 June 20th, 2013 10:19 AM

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I feed on a modified demand. If it has been close to 2 hours, I nurse her. If it has been only 30 minutes, I see if she can be distracted. If so, I figure she is only nursing for something to do (experienced this with my first and nursing was the only way to stop screaming and I want to avoid that this time). If she does not get distracted, I nurse. There are times she goes 4 hours without nursing when she takes a super long nap. I do not wake her ;)

MerinSun June 20th, 2013 10:33 AM

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I'm bucking the system today. I told DH that when Rowan resists the bottle then he is done. Period. We do not offer anything unless he asks for it. The only exception is for when it's been 3.5 hours. After he eats 1.5 ounces in a single feeding I will offer the breast. So far Rowan has eaten 1oz for average of every hour and a half and nursed for 10 minutes. He is napping now, we'll see how he does this afternoon.

It's just that after what a terrible day yesterday was I think we need to kind of have a restart day. Tomorrow is another visit so we'll know pretty fast if this is the wrong approach. I am also reducing the number of pumps I do during the day. Every 3. I have 10 oz frozen in the freezer with 6 oz waiting to eat in the fridge. I am pumping anywhere between 2-4oz at a time. Hopefully this will bring more balance to my life.

TeresaV June 20th, 2013 11:07 AM

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I BF on demand, which is tough because she ALWAYS wants to nurse. I have wanted to start pumping to get a stash going, but I feel like Morgan is always nursing so I haven't had a chance. I really want to start pumping so DH can feed an occasional bottle after she's a month old.

MerinSun June 20th, 2013 02:16 PM

Re: Feeding schedule

Originally Posted by TeresaV (Post 27463567)
I BF on demand, which is tough because she ALWAYS wants to nurse. I have wanted to start pumping to get a stash going, but I feel like Morgan is always nursing so I haven't had a chance. I really want to start pumping so DH can feed an occasional bottle after she's a month old.

She's due for a surprise long nap so any day now you'll wake up with engorged breasts, lol.

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