If you ask people, including pediatricians, how long to let a newborn go without a feed at night you are bound to get lots of different answers, especially if you are breastfeeding 😉😉😉.
Remember, every baby is different and has different needs. Always feed baby if baby needs to eat. You also you need to talk to your pediatrician to see how long is right for your baby. Weight, weight gain, jaundice and premature need to be taken into account, among other things.
If you need a quick reference, below you’ll find recommendations from some well known ‘sleep experts’ out there 👇👇👇:
When your baby is a newborn, the most generalized feeding advice is to feed your baby 10-12 times a day. In other hours, you should feed the baby once every two or three hours.
9 weeks – If breastfeeding, baby can go 9-10 hours. If bottle-feeding, baby can 11 hours without a feed.
Over time, babies themselves will start to provide you with signals of hunger. You have to read the signal that, you don’t need to wake up the baby for feeding while he/she is sleeping 😁😁😁.
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Feed every 3 hours for at least the first 3-4 weeks for a singleton.
Feed every 3 hours for at least the first 5-6 weeks for twins. Pediatricians suggests every 3 hours feeds longer since twins are usually born weighing less than singletons.
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Pediatricians don’t talk tons about how long a baby should be allowed to go at night if you are bottle or breastfeeding. You are advised to focus more on how often to do daytime feeds (feeds are more often with smaller babies) and give some averages for night sleep. Outside of the first several days, babies can sleep as long as they want to at night (assuming they are healthy, growing well and eating well) 💪💪💪.
However, keep in mind, if you are breastfeeding, feed baby very often at least until your milk comes in. Always monitor your milk supply, especially as baby begins to sleep longer at night 😉😉.