Should You Wake a Sleeping Baby in Order to Feed Him?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her newborn. She is wondering if she should wake her sleeping baby in order to feed him.

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A member of the community asks:

“Do you wake your babies to feed them?

Do you like your one-month-old baby sleep for 5 to 6 hours straight? I’m trying to wake him up to feed him, but he doesn’t want to wake up.”

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Community Advice for The Mom Who Wonders if She Should Wake Her Sleeping Baby in Order to Feed Him?

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Fan QuestionDo you wake your babies to feed them?Do you like your one-month-old baby sleep for 5 to 6 hours…

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Advice Summary

Should You Wake a Sleeping Baby in Order to Feed Him?

The community offered this mom in need a lot of great advice. Read some of their responses below.

“Once they are back up to birth weight, unless they have problems gaining, don’t need to be bothered to eat. You feed a baby on demand. You actually mess with a baby’s sleep cycle when you constantly wake them.”

“No baby will wake up when hungry. Let him sleep, mama.”

“A newborn/infant is perfectly fine to go 5 hours without eating. I didn’t go any longer than 5 with my daughter as a newborn but after two months if she wanted to sleep past 5 hours that was fine! Of course there are exceptions if baby isn’t gaining weight or has a health issue.”

“I did for the first 4 weeks, then after that I let her sleep and fed her when she woke up. Changing baby’s diaper right before you feed is a good way to help wake him up. Or strip his clothes off of him.”

“Pediatrician told me a newborn needs to be awakened every 2 hours to feed, otherwise they lose weight very fast. After 2 months, if they have doubled their birth weight, you can let them sleep.”

“For the first three weeks we did. Our bub lost a lot of weight after birth, so we were basically trying to fatten her up back to her birth weight.”

“By a month, no. Early on to establish milk supply and she wasn’t gaining, yes.”

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