What do you do when your preemie doesn't let you know when she wants to eat? I just started breastfeeding my 32 wk preemie DD last week (when she was 34 weeks). They had her feeding every 3 hours (I am staying in the step-down pediatric unit with her). For the past few days she has been on an "on demand" feeding schedule, not going over 4 hours between feedings. My problem is...she never gives cues that she's hungry, not until I actually wake her up and am about to put her on the breast. So, now she is getting fed every 4 hours...and she lost weight the other night, probably because she is getting fed less often! Yesterday I just started feeding her every 3 hours again, since she doesn't seem to want to let me know when she's hungry anyway. Anyone else have issues with on-demand feeding?
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Re: On-demand feeding schedule issues
I'm sorry I don't know the answer to this question, but, is your preemie still in the hospital? Right?
Our son didn't really cue until he reached his due date. Then, it was like a light switch - he started to cry (really loud) when he was hungry, and once he reached that point, he started taking bottles even better and came home within a week.
Once Andrew reached a few weeks old (adjusted), then he got more patient, and just sucks his thumb quietly when he wakes up, or sometimes doesn't cue much at all (unless he's just ravenous). I more or less feed him by the clock - every 3 hours. It's easier for me that way.
i agree...we still have very quiet cue-ing.