My 2-month-old wakes up hungry after 3-4 hours…max. How can I help her sleep longer?

It’s common for newborns to wake every 2-3 hours to eat (4 hours tops). And, by 4-8 weeks, babies can go longer and longer.

In fact, if your 1-month-old is still waking ever 3 hours at night, it may be a sign of a growth spurt…but it may also be because she’s not getting enough milk during the day. The latter can happen if a mom is not making enough milk (check with your doctor) or if the baby only nurses from one breast during a feed; gets too distracted during the meal (the sights and sounds of the day are too exciting); or naps more than 2 hours at a time.

Here are some things you can do to help your baby sleep longer at night:

  • Offer more daytime feedings and alternate breasts every 5-7 minutes.
  • Reduce distractions during feedings.
  • Try a dream feed.
  • If your baby is fussy within an hour of a meal, feed her again—she may need a little more milk.
  • Wake your baby for a feed if the nap is lasting more than 2 hours. (You can let him fall right back to sleep after the meal.)
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