my baby is 7 days old and very sleepy. she will sleep for 5 hours at a time if you let her. i am diabetic and she was in the nicu for her first few days to regulate her blood sugar. we are home now, and she seems to be very alert, when shes awake, but she seems very snoozy to me. we have been waking her if she sleeps for 4 hours to feed her. i am trying desperatly to get her 100% on the breast, but they did have to formula feed her in the hospital until my milk came in. she has been off the formula since wednesday (yay! one battle over) but i have still been pumping and sometimes "topping her up" after having her on the breast.
it was a very scary first few days, and my husband and i are just very concerned that she is getting enough milk. i am happy to be pumping for her, but i REALLY want her exclusivly on the breast. they had her on a very set schedule in the nicu, 47 ccs every 3 hours. it is hard to trust that she is getting enough from me to last her 5 hours when we cant MEASURE it. im new at this! she seems to be eager to nurse when i get her on, but falls asleep after 10-20 minutes. im not sure if its because shes not getting enough and is getting bored and sleepy from dehydration, or if shes getting lots and is satisfied that quickly. i have TONS of milk, it pours out one side as i nurse her from the other, so i know thats not the issue. i have been paying a lot of attention to my latch, but i cant be totally sure she is gulping down enough. i have very large breasts, so it can be hard to hold her, latch her and check the latch with only 2 hands.
i have been getting different information no matter who i talk to about how to proceed. the ped, different nurses, gp are all giving me a different direction to go. i am reading dr jacks book, which is leading me to trust my instincts to latch her well and nurse nurse nurse, but i really need to be sure she is getting all that she needs.
i have decided to keep close track of her pees and poops for the next 24 hours to make sure she has at least 6 soaking wet diapers and 2 big poops. the poops dont seem to be an issue, shes pretty on track with those. i think i will also keep track of how often/long she nurses and how much pumped milk she is getting by bottle afterwards.
any help or encouragement would be great! i never thought i would be a typical first time parent like this, but as im sure you all know, we cant help it!