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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09-07-2013 22:19 #21
09-07-2013 22:45 #22
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.
09-07-2013 22:57 #23
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.
10-07-2013 06:58 #24
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.
10-07-2013 07:04 #25
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