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My two month oldis still feeding at night. He is 14 pounds and breastfed. He wakes at night every 45 minutes to an hour to eat. I have been reading about cutting out feedings to one by now. He's eating 5 or 6 times a night. If I'm feeding on demand, how would I do this and should I? Also, when we lay him down he doesn't really go to sleep. For the last two nights he has been awake most of the night. Help!

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Hi, bobbijo,

Most bottle fed and especially breast fed babies are still waking up at night to eat at 2 months.  Most are not eating 5-6 times a night.  He is a trained night feeder and this hand out I use for my patients should help.

http://www.cpnonline.org/CRS/CRS/pa_nightfd_hhg.htm

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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