Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

Sleep and Feeding an Infant

Question: My doctor gave us information on how to put our soon to be three month old to bed. It said that by the time he is four months old he should be nursing about every four hours (I am breastfeeding). He is now sleeping through the night, and his bed time is around 9 p.m. Should I just nurse him at 8 p.m. and let him play for an hour then put him down or keep him up until midnight for another feeding before bed. - Rabecca

Answer: Assuming that your son is gaining weight and growing as he should, having him sleep through the night is an unexpected pleasure!

If his milestones are on target and he has no other problems, he does not need to feed at night.

Not sleeping through the night is one of new parent frustrations. My suggestion is to let him follow his normal eating and sleep pattern.

Again, unless there are medical reasons for every 4 hour feeds, NITE NITE!!

Your breast milk production will continue "supply and demand." In other words, your body will adjust to your baby's needs. Solid foods will be introduced somewhere between 4 and 6 months, with further adjustments in your milk supply.

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