We have a two week old child. He's eating well during the day, eating at least 8 times a day, and is breast feeding. His weight gain has been 'normal' so far, and he regained his original birth weight by 10 days. We're getting conflicting advice on how to handle feeding at night time. We have heard:
- feed him every 2-3 hours, just like during the day
- it's ok to leave it 4-5 hours at night, as long as he doesn't wake up and 'ask' for food
- let him sleep as long as he wants, and feed him when he gets up
Are there any studies or definitive answers out there for this? How should we handle the night time feeds? Sleep is obviously good for the wife and I, but how much food do we need to get in?