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Thread: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

  1. #11
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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    Baby lost 10% of her body weight due to bad latch/poor drinking by day 2 (48hrs after birth) She regained her birth weight by wk two. I just had her weighed on Tues at the drs. and she gained 11 oz since last monday. She was weighed with a diff scale though at the lactation consultants office however. I'm still worried though. I know by looked at her weight gain she is doing well but she feeds for so long (an 1hr or so) that I'm just concerned. I no longer wake her either because it now seems she's feeding every three hrs. Will she start to eat faster at all?

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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    Yes, your baby will eventually become a much more efficient, faster feeder. It's very common for newborns to take a long time to nurse. They're sleepy, they're relatively weak and uncoordinated, and they are trying to master a brand-new skill. But by the time most babies are a few months old, they're able to nurse in a much shorter time, often as little as 5-10 minutes.
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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    Is she only 3 weeks old?

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    I keep trying to reply but the post isn't posting. She's put on 11oz as of Tues (8 days). So ok, I know this is good. Buuuutttt, lately she has been cluster feeding all over the place in the middle of the night/early morning! Last night she started to eat at 11pm and by 2am I was at my wits end (previous night I was up for the day at 3am). She just wanted to sit and nipple/ suck on my boob. No drinking, and when I would take her off she would freak! This is after hours of pulling off and fussing. My poor nipple(s) are bruised. My husband suggested we consider a pacifier. I'm not so sure of this since she's only 3 wks old and I believe we are still working on this whole bfing thing. Any thoughts??

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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    Sorry, my post finally posted! Yes, she was three weeks on Wednesday.

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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    Bruised isn't good! In general, I'd strongly advocate staying away from the pacifier, particularly during growth spurts (and at 3 weeks, you're probably in one), and particularly if breastfeeding isn't going smoothly yet, but if you feel like the baby is ONLY comfort-sucking and not actually eating AND it's the middle of the night AND you're sore... I think I might consider a paci, as long as it was used in a very limited fashion.
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    Default Re: How can I tell my LO is satisfied after a feed?

    I wouldn't introduce a paci this early. AND I wouldn't freak out when she marathon feeds at night. It is par for the course during a growth spurt. Which you are probably in. I would however perhaps try letting her suck on your finger after you have flipped her TWICE. I don't know that it will work. Because when they are spurting they really do have such a STRONG instinctual desire to stay attached to us. It wouldn't have worked for me at 3 weeks. I was literally taking a 2 hour nap after dinner at that point so that I was prepared to stay up from 12midnight till 5am. Because that was when and how long he wanted to stay away then. But at 5 weeks, he WOULD take my finger for the extra sucking he wanted to do. Hang in there. This too shall pass. But I wouldn't worry too much about satisfaction. It is very very normal for a child that is growing very dramatically in a short period of time to want to nurse nonstop. That process really does take constant fuel.

    Way too lazy for formula

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