Sunday, February 25, 2007

Day 14 - Two-hour feedings

Little Elvis is now two weeks old. In celebration of this great event, he has decided that he really likes to take leisurely two-hour feedings. And during the afternoon, he likes to feed every hour.

I'm not fighting him on this, and don't know if that's a bad decision. Should I deny him food when he's hungry? I'm pretty sure I can't do that. He gets so distraught and then I start crying right along with him.

Today he spit up some curdled milk and my mom said that could mean he's eating too much or too fast.

We definitely want him to gain weight and be healthy.

Should I try to curb the two-hour or every hour feedings? If so, how?


Blogger Ashley said...

i think this one is a personal choice. My son nursed every 2 hours day and night until he was about 8 months old. My daughter nurses every 2hours during the day and then only wakes up 0-3 times at night. For me personally, it made me less stressed if I just fed them whenever they were hungry, no matter how little time had passed. It also helped to keep my supply up, although it did make it can make it tricky to leave the house if they dont take a bottle. My friends baby only ate on a 4 hour schedule and did fine. I think it is a preference/baby personality thing.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

My midwives told me that babies almost never overeat when they are breastfeeding. Some are spitters and others aren't, it seems. When Akiva spits, it's curdled milk. He tends to spit more if I press his tummy after he's eaten or place him on his tummy.

I wouldn't deny him feedings - he'll self-regulate. Something is obviously telling him that he needs to eat every hour right now! He's growing so fast he may need the extra energy the constant feeding provides.

It's impossible to spoil a baby this young - just give him all the love and attention he can handle!

12:29 AM  

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