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Thread: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

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    Default Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    I already posted about my 11 day old not nursing for very long (but gaining well and plenty of diapers), now I'm just wondering if I need to keep waking him every 3 hours during the day to eat. It's been 3.5 right now and he's still snoozing. I just want to make sure A) he gets what he needs, and B) I get my supply well-established. thanks!

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    You may want to metion this concern to your doctor just to be sure but in my opinion if he's gaining well and having 6-8 wet diapers a day let him sleep. I doubt he will sleep for too awful long but a 4-5 hour stretch should be fine. You may also find that if he does a longer stretch that he will cluster feed during his awake times or feed more often. His nursing and sleeping patterns will change and vary so much in the upcoming months. Good luck and most of all listen to your mommy instincts.

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    I agree, I go by the motto: never wake a sleeping baby. As long as they are healthy, anyway.
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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    And I think the "rule" is once they reach their birthweight - you can let them sleep. That is assuming they're healthy, not jaundiced, you're not on meds etc.
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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    My DD has ALWAYS slept 3-4 hours between eating, even in the hospital! Her weight never dropped, she was back to birth weight by 2 weeks and is still growing like a weed. Hopefully you got a good sleeper!
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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    When my son was a newborn I never woke him for a feeding, even if he had been sleeping for 4 or 5 hours. We never had a problem and he is 7 months and 20 lbs now! If your baby is gaining and having the appropriate wet diapers then let him sleep, and take the opportunity for you to get some rest too!

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    See, weird. I think everyone's situation is different ...or at least their super-hot-"McHottie" pediatrician gives different advice. When we brought dd home, I was told to wake her every 2 hours for like the first 2 weeks, then after that, I could just set the alarm clock... and if she didn't wake to feed after 4 hours, then I needed to wake her up. Although, I also fed on demand as well! This carried on until she was at least 8 wks old! After that, I didn't wake her up anymore, per pedi advice.

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    I don't think you have to...but we did. During the day I woke him if it had been 3 hours. I didn't want him sleeping 5 hours during the day and then being up all night wanting to play. I NEVER woke him during the night...EVER. During the day...at least every 3 hours or sooner and at night as often and he wanted me to.

    That's my 2 cents

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    Off topic but kinda not. Seriously ladies, I'm impressed any of you can remember what you were doing with your 11 day olds

    I could have had a troupe of dancing elephants in the living room twice a day for all I remember. That whole period is a blur.

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    Default Re: Do I need to wake my newborn to eat?

    With my first, we tried hard to make sure he ate regularly. Of course, he was awake and crying all the time, and he nursed every hour.

    With the second, I just let him sleep. In fact, after he nursed himself to sleep an hour or so after birth, I let him sleep until he woke up much later that day (like eight hours later). That baby never ever lost ANY weight post birth. Not even an ounce. My ped was impressed. I felt a thousand times better. . . because I got more rest and was more laid-back.

    Plenty of wet and poopy diapers, baby gaining weight. . . I wouldn't worry. The baby will wake up when he's hungry. Just feed on demand, as long as the baby needs to nurse.

    ETA: I also didn't suffer from quite as much OS as I did with #1. I don't know if that's because I didn't push my supply by waking my baby every few hours to eat (he did nurse every 3 hours on his own) or what.
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