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Shouldn't my infant feed at night?
Q: My 3½-month-old daughter often sleeps eight to nine hours without a night feeding. She still takes six to eight feedings but clusters them in the day.

Is it OK that she sleeps this long at night? I enjoy it, but could it cause problems for her? Her weight gain is excellent but this doesn't seem normal from everyone I've talked to.
A: Melissa, every baby is different and comparing yours to others will make you very frustrated. After all, who's to say your baby isn't the one doing everything right?

You didn't say whether your daughter is breastfeeding or taking formula, but if she is gaining well, there is no need to worry; some children are very efficient eaters.

Babies who cluster-feed during the day, especially at the breast, tend to sleep longer at night. A 3½-month-old baby should be drinking 32 to 40 ounces a day. If she is getting that during the day, she will sleep through the night, so continue to enjoy it! No one said motherhood has to include sleep deprivation!
Susan M. Leisner RD, IBCLC, RLC Nutritionist & Lactation Consultant