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    NEVER wake a sleeping baby!!!! If she's gaining weight and having plenty of wet nappies then let her go and enjoy the quiet while you can xx

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    I personally prob wouldn't let her go for more than 5-6 hours before trying a dream feed. I'd have to pump by then or else I'd have too much milk. Everyone is totally different, a lot say don't wake a sleeping baby but a lot of middies also say don't let them go longer than 4 hours.

    Just go with your gut instinct, if she's gaining weight and it's not affecting your supply then let her sleep if that feels right for you.

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    I think you should ask a health nurse or doctor. My DD was mildly jaundiced and very sleepy and I was told by the paed at the maternity hospital to wake 4 hourly for feeds. The less she drank the weaker and sleepier she got and she needed milk to flush out the jaundice.

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    Thanks for the replies. The 3 hr waking is on the advice of the paed. DD had very mild jaundice day 3-5 but it cleared up and no one has mentioned that since. The chn said stretching it to 4 hrs at night is ok but 3 hr during the day. When I ask why the reply seems to be simply "because that's just what you do with a newborn". There doesn't seem to be any health reasons... I don't want to go against their advice but many other parents I've spoken to say as long as their child was gaining weight they were advised they could feed on demand. The longest she has slept is 5 hrs from one waking to the next (so 4hrs after finishing a feed).
    I appreciate your opinions- I've found one of the hardest things about being a new mum is the conflicting advice you receive from medical professionals. It's hard to know who to listen to, or if I should ignore them all and just go with my own instincts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella978 View Post
    Thanks for the replies. The 3 hr waking is on the advice of the paed. DD had very mild jaundice day 3-5 but it cleared up and no one has mentioned that since. The chn said stretching it to 4 hrs at night is ok but 3 hr during the day. I don't want to go against their advice but many other parents I've spoken to say as long as their child was gaining weight they were advised they could feed on demand. The longest she has slept is 5 hrs from one waking to the next (so 4hrs after finishing a feed).
    I appreciate your opinions- I've found one of the hardest things about being a new mum is the conflicting advice you receive from medical professionals. It's hard to know who to listen to, or if I should ignore them all and just go with my own instincts.
    I have learnt that a Mothers instinct always wins. Medical advice cannot be ignored and is invaluable. Advice about your child from other people you should take it or leave it depending on what your instincts tell you. It sounds to me like you have a very healthy content baby, and you are doing a wonderful job.


 

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