Re: Demand nursing schedule ok now?
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Sorry his birth was so difficult, and that you've been hounded by the not-so-subtle hints about supplementing. Did you have IV fluids during your birth? Just so you know, the longer you have fluids the more likely it is that the fluids will bloat the baby, artificially inflating his birth weight. Since that fluid weight is quickly excreted as urine, it can make neonatal weight loss appear more severe than it really is. And the artificially inflated birth weight can make the goal of having the baby back at birth weight by 2 weeks unreachable.
At this point, with a 3 week old baby, I would continue to wake him every 2-3 hours during the day, and every 3-4 at night. I'd probably allow the occasional longer stretch of sleep, but there's no harm in waking baby a little more often, so why not? Another way to think about the baby's nursing pattern would be to focus less on the artificial time interval, and more on making sure the baby nurses at least 10-12 times a day.
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