Baby is constantly eating / waking to eat
If your little one is never able to go 2.5 to 3 hours between feedings, your little one may be "snacking" all day instead of getting full feedings. Check out this Instagram post about the importance of full feedings and some strategies to protect full feedings:
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As a new mama, when my baby cried, I lived by this motto: “When in doubt, whip it out.” I fed Ella at every whimper. She would pop on, snack a bit, and pop off. We were in a constant state of nursing every hour... night and day. She was always SNACKING instead of getting full FEEDINGS! Can anyone relate?🙋🏾♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏼♀️ - Wanna know why it’s so important for your baby to get full feedings? ➡️When nursing, full feedings help babies get foremilk and that important hind milk. This perfect balance of protein and fat is vital for proper growth and development. ➡️Also for nursing mamas, it helps maintain your milk supply. More milk removed = more milk production! ➡️For bottle fed babies, it helps us respond to hunger needs appropriately instead of assuming every cry is a hunger cry. ➡️ It leads to a baby who is content between feedings. ➡️ It allows babies to get adequate calories and have consolidated sleep. - ⮑This is NOT about demanding your baby follow a rigid clock schedule. #FlexibleRoutineNotRigidSchedule ⮑This is NOT saying that you can't feed your hungry baby. You absolutely can and should! ⮑This is NOT saying cluster feeds are bad. They are common and normal especially in the later afternoon/evening. ⮑This IS saying to always help your baby get that vital full feeding. - What’s a mama to do with a little one in a constant SNACKING CYCLE? 👉🏼Try waiting 15-30 mins before offering a feeding. (Sometimes, he won't be hungry enough to eat well if he just ate 45 mins ago.) 👉🏼 If you're bottle feeding and struggling to get more than an ounce or two, try going up on nipple size. 👉🏼 Help your baby stay awake and minimize distractions while feeding. 👉🏼 Need help differentiating baby’s hunger and sleepy cues? Want to know ways to calm a fussy baby when hunger isn’t involved? The 👉🏼 newborn class 👈🏼 is your answer! (Link in bio) - Baby falling asleep during every feed? +change his diaper +sit her up and burp her +take his clothes off mid feeding +lay her down (away from your body) +rub a damp wash cloth across her face Feeding and sleep are so interrelated! 🤱🏼😴 Need sleep help? We have online classes! Feeding help? See your lactation consultant/peds
Please know that sometimes, when feedings are offered too often, little ones simply snack throughout the day.
For more on setting up a flexible routine with full feedings, check out our blog post on Short Naps and Newborns.
If your baby is simply not satisfied between feedings and can never go longer than two hours between feedings, please work closely with your lactation consultant/pediatrician. This may be a supply issue or more needs to be added to each bottle.