+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    185
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked
    5
    Reviews
    0

    Default Should I wake a newborn for a feed?

    My DD is 20 days old, and I am pumping exclusively due to attachment issues.

    At the hospital I was told by the midwife to wake DD up once every 3 hours for a feed even if she is sleeping. Then I went to the childhood centre, the nurse told me not to wake her up if she is sleeping. But if I don't she can easily sleep for 4-5 hours during the day and doesn't sleep during the night.

    But the other nurse told me to wake her up??

    I am so confused!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Gippsland
    Posts
    14,668
    Thanks
    1,209
    Thanked
    3,842
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    If there are no problems with weight gain then no, personally I have a "never wake a sleeping baby" policy. If she is jaundiced or not gaining weight then I may wake a baby after 5 hours, but not 3. I would just enjoy the long newborn sleeps while you can, it doesn't always last!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    3,487
    Thanks
    449
    Thanked
    1,571
    Reviews
    12
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    My baby was early and jaundice, my paed said wake her after 6hrs, I only had to do that a few times

    Sent from my LG-P500 using BubHub

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    185
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked
    5
    Reviews
    0
    Baby is gaining weight after I stopped forcing her on my breasts.

    Thanks to hear that coz that is the thought I have too. If a baby is sleeping happily I would want her to sleep

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    0
    Reviews
    0
    When babies are born they are expected to lose up to 10% of their birth weight, plus that's when they're more at risk of jaundice etc which is why as Midwives we like mums to wake their bubs to attempt a feed every 3-4hours. Once your milk is established and baby is consistently putting on weight there is no need to wake them to feed. They will wake when they're hungry. If there are issues regarding weight gain then you should not let her go longer than 4hours without a feed. Go with the advice of your child health nurse. The advice you get from midwives is relevant to babies when they're brand new, but their needs are ever changing. In saying that, if you notice that she is all of a sudden not feeding often or well, I would bring it up with your Child Health nurse/GP as this is not normal.

    Also as you are expressing, I presume she is currently being bottle fed. Babies that bottle feed will often take more than they actually need because the flow is faster than it is from a breast so it's like they take a little longer for their brains to register that they're full. If they have a nice full tummy, they're going to sleep for longer. You might find that breast fed babies feed more regularly because they have to work harder to get their fill and the flow isn't always as quick so they might not get as much milk per feed, but will feed more often.
    Last edited by StudMidwife; 25-07-2012 at 16:03.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    1,168
    Thanks
    320
    Thanked
    240
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    NOOOOOOO
    Never wake a sleeping baby. If shes hungry she'll wake up to feed.
    As for the 'not sleeping at night thing'. Its early days. Make sure when you feed at night the room is kept dim and NO PLAYING, feed and back to bed. Shes still getting used to life outside the womb. Dont stress, she'll eat when shes hungry and sleep when shes tired. Thats what babies do
    Keep and eye on her weight gain and if shes gaining weight (even if its only 50g) shes fine!!
    Sounds like your doing a GREAT job!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    1,463
    Thanks
    1,970
    Thanked
    522
    Reviews
    14
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    If there are no problems with weight gain then no, personally I have a "never wake a sleeping baby" policy. If she is jaundiced or not gaining weight then I may wake a baby after 5 hours, but not 3. I would just enjoy the long newborn sleeps while you can, it doesn't always last!
    This exactly!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    422
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    19
    Reviews
    1
    I was told to wake bub up every few hours to feed. I never did I just assumed if they are hungry they will let you know... Best thing i did and was sleeping a full night by 3 weeks old, skill my kids. If there weights are fine why demand feeding for, so bub gets use to it and will wake up just for the sack of a "top up"?

    Sent from my GT-I9210T using BubHub

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,233
    Thanks
    505
    Thanked
    311
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    I've heard you should wake them for the first 2 weeks, after that follow their lead

  10. #10
    HugsBunny's Avatar
    HugsBunny is offline Once upon a time there was a bunny.........
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,603
    Thanks
    4,531
    Thanked
    1,966
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I never woke my kids for feeds from birth. One was breast fed one was formula fed.

    My motto is never wake a sleeping baby.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Do u wake ur newborn?
    By EternalOptimist in forum Newborns (0 - 2 months)
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 10-11-2012, 17:22
  2. Should i wake her up for a feed?
    By tubster in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 22-10-2012, 16:02
  3. should I wake her to feed??
    By 2ndtimemumma in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-03-2012, 12:39

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Mother and Baby Shop
Save $$$ during our Christmas Sale Mother and Baby Shop
Great prices on Schoenhut kids pianos, toys, baby clothing as well as big brands like Pigeon, NUK, Cherub Baby and many more. Sale starts on 1 November 2016 and ends on the 27 December 2016. Hurry! Place your order today!
sales & new stuffsee all
Bub Hub Sales Listing
HAVING A SALE? Let parents know about it with a Bub Hub Sales listing. Listings are featured on our well trafficked Sales Page + selected randomly to appear on EVERY page
featured supporter
KindyROO
KindyROO offers activities for babies & toddlers in a fun learning centre, focussing on developmental education. Classes are available at three Brisbane and two Gold Coast locations. Enrol today & help your child to reach their full potential. Visit the website to find out more.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!