My 12 week old still needs to eat every 3 hours on the nose. When will he be able to go longer between feedings (particularly at night)?

asked 09 Nov '09, 23:59

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Can you clarify what you're feeding him? Is it breastmilk or artificial baby milk?

(10 Nov '09, 13:16) Meg Stephenson

it's formula :)

(15 Nov '09, 00:08) DazedandConfused

Formula fed babies go longer between meals because the formula is harder to break down then breast milk. This information can be found at Each baby is an individual so there is no right answer for you. Your baby should take in about 2.5oz for every pound he weights. If he is meeting his food demands then you have nothing to worry about. But it isn't easy when they eat so frequently all the time. When you introduce cereals, he may go longer between meals as well.


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Thanks for the link. A more specific link would be more useful to readers, if possible.

(16 Nov '09, 02:31) Scott ♦♦

How much are you feeding him, i.e. how many ounces per feeding? Larger babies will need more.


answered 10 Nov '09, 02:57

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He IS a large baby... about 15 lbs. But he seems to refuse anything more than 4 - 4.5 oz's...

(10 Nov '09, 12:38) DazedandConfused

In my experience, each child is different and there is no stock answer that is right for each one unfortunately. Some children will have already started to space out feedings by 3 months and others continue to eat every 3 hours until they are 1 or more. I have personally known both ends of this extreme and you just have to do what is right for each child.


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