Middle of the Night Feedings for Babies 2 Weeks to 3 Months of Age
Struggling to get your newborn baby through their night-time feedings? Check out these tips from Moms on Call for a better way to help them sleep soundly!
During the initial weeks, the baby requires feeding every 2-3 hours to meet their growing needs. It’s an important milestone when the little one reaches around 2 weeks of age, surpasses their birth weight, and continues to gain about an ounce a day during the first 6-8 weeks (for additional details, refer to the Moms on Call Basic Baby Care book). Once these indicators are met, we can shift towards on-demand feedings at night, allowing for a more flexible and comfortable routine.
What does this mean? We simply wait for them to wake! One thing to note is that we all wake every 3 hours or so, so this doesn’t necessarily mean hunger. When baby wakes, try and wait a minute or two, soothe (see Moms on Call Soothing Technique), check swaddle or try paci, then feed.
How Many Middle of the Night Feeds to Expect:
- 2-4 weeks: 2 feeds most nights
- 4-8 weeks: 2 feeds most nights with an occasional night of one feed
- 8-10 weeks: 1 feed most nights with an occasional night of no feeds
- 10-12 weeks: Begging to get more nights of no feeds
The above expectations are for babies following Moms on Call. Your experience may be different if another method or no method at all is being used, and that is OKAY! YOU are the best decision-maker for your baby and your family!
Middle of Night Feeding:
2 weeks to 3 months, middle-of-night feedings are what we call “strictly business.” Try to keep distractions minimal.
- Turn off the white noise for the feeding
- Un-swaddle baby
- Feed well
- Recommended feeding amounts can be found in Moms on Call’s Typical Day Schedules.
- Change their diaper
- Swaddle them back up
- Baby can have a few more sucks on the breast or bottle (maximum of 3-5 minutes!)
- Put them back in the crib
- White noise back on
- Lights off!
Middle-of-night feedings can be both exhausting and heartwarming! The measure of our success as parents isn’t defined by how we feed, whether our little one sleeps through the night, or if we stick to a strict routine. It’s all about the overflowing love that encompasses every situation. So, keep in mind that you are an amazing parent, regardless of whether you have to feed three times a night or zero!
For tips on getting the entire family back to sleep, head over to the knowledge center for our blog, “Getting Back To Sleep.”
Moms on Call provides simple, sensible parenting resources to sleep, feed, laugh, and love birth through toddlerhood. You can find tips like this and more in our books and Online Video Courses for 0-6 months, where we cover everything from feeding and sleeping to schedule transitions and typical days at each stage.
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