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!!
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25-07-2012 14:09 #1
Should I wake a newborn for a feed?
25-07-2012 14:16 #2
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!
25-07-2012 14:22 #3
My baby was early and jaundice, my paed said wake her after 6hrs, I only had to do that a few times
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25-07-2012 14:46 #4
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
25-07-2012 15:00 #5Junior Member
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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.
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25-07-2012 15:13 #6Senior Member
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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!
25-07-2012 15:29 #7
25-07-2012 15:34 #8~~My 3 Little Ones!!!~~
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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"?
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25-07-2012 15:59 #9
I've heard you should wake them for the first 2 weeks, after that follow their lead
25-07-2012 16:04 #10
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.
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