Re: Desperate! Need help with newborn!
YES!! yay mama! schedules are the enemy of breastfeeding. this is very promising.
Originally Posted by @llli*mumofthree123
this does not sound like colic to me, just normal baby behavior.
Colic: every evening between 8-10pm he cries as if he's pains and sometimes goes absolutely hysterical.
NO NO NO. baby should feed on demand. breastmilk digests very fast. it is entirely possible that your baby really is HUNGRY in the evenings and that's why he's crying; it's a very normal pattern for babies to cluster feed all evening long.
I was told to not feed unless 2hrs has passed as it can upset him if he doesn't get enough time to digest between feeds.
YES. feed on demand all night at this age.
Should I allow him to continue to find his own rhythm for night feeds?
keep on doing what you did yesterday - this is moving in the right direction! demand feeding, quit the pump and supplements for now. good job!
edited to add: you mentioned something about "however long it took" - do not limit time at the breast. maybe someone told you a feed should be 15 mins per side or something crazy like that; it is VERY NORMAL for a baby to nurse 45 mins or even more on one side at this age. they are just not efficient yet. let the baby "finish the first breast first" - however long it takes - and then offer the other.
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