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  1. #1
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    Default Newborn help, please!

    I just had my baby girl on the 23rd .

    She only eats every 3-4 hours and only 10-15 minutes on the breast. I try my best to wake her to eat more, but she won't wake up and doesn't act hungry at all. She has plenty of wet diapers and even more poopy diapers.
    How do I know she is getting enough?

    Is this normal for a newborn? She sleeps a lot as well. I could really use some advice.

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    Default Re: Newborn help, please!

    except that to change...
    heres the link from the web site
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html
    from that link:

    Once mother's milk comes in, usually on the third or fourth day, the baby should begin to have 6-8 wet cloth diapers (5-6 wet disposable diapers) per day. (An easy way to feel the weight of a wet disposable diaper is to pour 2-4 tablespoons of water in a dry diaper.)

    In addition, most young babies will have at least two to five bowel movements every 24 hours for the first several months, although some babies will switch to less frequent but large bowel movements at about 6 weeks.

    A baby that is sleeping rather than feeding every 2-3 hours or is generally lethargic may need to be assessed by a health care provider to make sure that he is adequately hydrated.

    These are additional important signs that indicate your baby is receiving enough milk:

    The baby nurses frequently averaging at least 8-12 feedings per 24-hour period.
    The baby is allowed to determine the length of the feeding, which may be 10 to 20 minutes per breast or longer.
    Baby's swallowing sounds are audible as he is breastfeeding.
    The baby should gain at least 4-7 ounces per week after the fourth day of life.
    The baby will be alert and active, appear healthy, have good color, firm skin, and will be growing in length and head circumference.
    The physical act of breastfeeding is more than the quantity of milk that is supplied, as you will find once you hold your baby in your arms. Breastfeeding is warmth, nutrition, and mother's love all rolled into one. Understanding and appreciating the signs of knowing when your baby is getting enough to eat is the one of the most important things a new mother can learn. If you have any concerns regarding your baby, they should be addressed with your health care practitioner.

    If you do need to increase your milk supply after keeping track of wet diapers, bowel movements and weight gain, there are several options you can try to increase your milk supply. See our FAQ on "Increasing Your Milk Supply" and refer to our Web resource page on milk supply issues or further information. Keep in touch with your health care provider if your baby is not gaining well or is losing weight. In most cases, improved breastfeeding techniques will quickly resolve the situation, but occasionally, weight gain may indicate a health problem.

    La Leche League's THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING is the most complete resource available for the breastfeeding mother and can be ordered from the LLLI Online Store or through your local Leader. The online catalogue may also have other products, such as information sheets on topics like "How to Know Your Healthy Full-Term Breastfed Baby is Getting Enough Milk" and "Increasing Your Milk." These may also be available from your local Leader. You can find a LLL Leader and Group by going to our Web page on finding a local Leader.

    great to see you back, congradulations on the new baby!

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    Default Re: Newborn help, please!

    First, Congrats on the new LO!!!

    My son did the same thing for a while, he's now 14.8lbs and not quite 3 months old. Your LO could just be a really efficiant eater and doesn't need more time. I wouldn't worry unless the diaper output drops. Trust me a baby will eat when hungry. Just make sure you pump to keep up your supply.

    If it's a problem your peditrician should catch it at your 2 week check up but more then likely it's fine.

    Amy married to my bestfriend since 10/30/04

    Proud SAHM to DS born 2/17/07 and DD born 9/11/08 Both weaned together 11/2011
    Currently milk, peach, peanut and tree nut free. DD has outgrown her wheat, cheese, egg, garlic, and citrus allergies

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    Default Re: Newborn help, please!

    Sounds like you're doing just fine. You know to keep an eye on output, a sure way to know enough is going in. Congrats!
    Mother - Wife - Artist - Cook - Writer - EnvironMENTAList - Cloth Diaperer (but we are soooo done with diapers) - Organic Health Nut...I'm sure there's more.

    DD1 - 12/15/05 Breastfed for 16.5 months
    DD2 - 8/6/07 Breastfed for 3 whole years and 3 little, extra days.

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    Default Re: Newborn help, please!

    Congratulations on your new baby.

    My first child was a very sleepy baby and we hand to wake him up to eat. We have video after video of us saying, "Wake up little baby, It's time to eat!" He is now 10 years old and healthy... We woke him (with great difficulty) for the first 2 weeks and then things gradually got easier.

    A couple of months ago, when my daughter was born, I was told by a lactation consultant and my ped that for the first week they do not use urine as a measurement for hydration any more. According to them, the standard is poops and weight maintenance for the first week. After that they want to see 6 to 8 wet diapers a day.

    It is normal for a baby to loose some of his weight after birth. Check with your ped about the ammount. But you say that your babe has plenty of wet diapers and is gaining/maintaining weight. I would say that is the best indicator that he is getting enough.

    My second child was a very efficient nurser, and did not nurse often. We called him The Human Drain. (He weighed 33 lbs at one year.) Some kids are just quick.

    Lots of good info in previous posts.

    I think the best thing to do is to look at your baby. And try to judge how he is. Kind of hard if it is your first, I know, but you can get a feel for how he is doing. If you ever are just unsure, you can call your ped or a lactation consultant. They are used to new parents calling with all kinds of concerns.

    Blessings to you and your little one. I hope sharing my experiences helped.

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