So he's only 2 days old but in hospital he slept for 6 hours straight and the midwife advised to wake him to feed. Gently of course, pick him up, unwrap him, check his nappy etc. make him wake then feed.
He was in a bit of distressed when he was born and his heart rate dropped for a while - but we got him out
What do you think?
Wake a newborn to feed or let him sleep?
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02-03-2014 20:55 #1
Should you wake a newborn to feed?
02-03-2014 21:02 #2
Never wake a sleeping baby. If they are hungry they will wake and let u know. My opinion
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02-03-2014 21:04 #3
I have always always let mine sleep (and I have had four ), I would rather poke both my eyes out with a rusty pair of scissors than wake a sleeping baby.
02-03-2014 21:04 #4
I know a lot don't. But I do. Especially that little.
Every three hours (day time only) I would pop the babe on the breast. I wouldn't necessarily wake bub as a sleepy bub with often attach easier but when they're teeny tiny they might need a gentle hand waking.
I would leave bub to sleep over night.
Your nipples need that stimulation to encourage your milk to come in, it will also help your uterus to contract back down quicker.
Congratulations on your bundle of goodness
02-03-2014 21:06 #5
Only woke my DD once and I will NEVER do it again. She is an awesome sleeper and I woke her to feed. Not only did she not feed but she screamed for 2.5 hours after that.
Embrace your awesome sleeper and remember most midwives will tell you what the textbook says not what your baby is wanting! Your LO will tell you when they are hungry.
02-03-2014 21:12 #6
I didn't with DS, i did with dd. Dd is a better sleeper.
02-03-2014 21:19 #7
Only when my paediatrician advised I did, otherwise no no no!
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02-03-2014 21:20 #8
No way, unless they're jaundice or something
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02-03-2014 21:24 #9
It's so hard to know what to do! I was told to wake DD every 4 hours to feed, because she was a sleepy, jaundiced baby and my milk hadn't come in. Not sure if her lack of feeding made my milk supply so bad. So I don't have an answer for you but I tend to think health professionals know more than me so I listen to them.
02-03-2014 21:29 #10
My DS was the same. He slept through straight from birth. The midwives insisted I had to wake him every 3-4 hours and feed. It was absolutely pointless though as DS wasn't interested and would go straight back to sleep. So imo I'd leave the baby to sleep.
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