My baby doesn’t wake up to eat during the night!

If your baby doesn’t wake up during the night, you are one of the few lucky ones who can rest the whole night through.

There are children who take enough food during the day and don’t require eating overnight. This is not a problem, as long as your baby is happy and healthy in all aspects. If your baby is taking at least 8 daily feedings of milk, every 2 or 3 hours; wetting about 6 diapers a day; and gaining weight, then you have nothing to worry about! Your baby may be sleeping five or more hours without waking up for food and this is not a problem. However, if you notice your baby is not gaining weight, you have to look into why he is not waking up to eat. If during the first two weeks of life your baby is not waking up after five hours without feeding, you might need to wake him up and feed him so that he can gradually gain the weight necessary for his healthy development. Ask your pediatrician for his opinion. If he indicates that you should wake your baby up, then follow his instructions; he knows your baby’s developmental needs. Likewise, if your baby doesn’t wake up to eat during the day, but he is growing at a healthy rate and your doctor tells you that there is no need to wake him, then let your baby sleep and take that extra time to recharge your own energies.

During the first two weeks of life, babies are able to sleep and skip their meal time. Just try to ensure that during those first two weeks, no more than 4 hours go by between feedings. Ideally, you should feed your newborn every 2 or 3 hours, helping to establish your milk supply and ensuring that your little one receives the necessary nutrients and calories. Remember to relax, it’s not necessary to set a specific mealtime. Let your baby eat when he wants to, but keep track of his diaper changes. The first month, you should be changing around 10 diapers a day, 6 wet diapers and 3 or 4 that contain poop. After the first month, your baby will wet 4-6 diapers, normally pooping a bit less.

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