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28/10/2013 at 14:14
My daughter is 3 weeks old and currently breastfed. Every day is different so we have no real pattern as yet (which I guess is normal). The question I have is, what is the longest period of time that can be left between feeds at this age? She initially had to be woken to feed every 3 hours in the first week (due to a drop in weight) but her weight is back up and she's waking herself to feed between 1-3 hours this past few days. If she were to sleep without waking for say 5/6 hours, would that be an issue? Should I wake her? She slept for 4 hours last night before waking herself for a bum change, but wondered when I need to stop clock watching.
28/10/2013 at 14:20
Have you looked on Kellymom?
Advice for week 2 - 6
Frequent nursing in the early weeks is important for establishing a good milk supply. Most newborns need to nurse 8 – 12+ times per day (24 hours). You CAN’T nurse too often—you CAN nurse too little.
Nurse at the first signs of hunger (stirring, rooting, hands in mouth)—don’t wait until baby is crying. Allow baby unlimited time at the breast when sucking actively, then offer the second breast. Some newborns are excessively sleepy—wake baby to nurse if 2 hours (during the day) or 4 hours (at night) have passed without nursing. Once baby has established a good weight gain pattern, you can stop waking baby and nurse on baby’s cues alone.
28/10/2013 at 14:22
And welcome! I see that was your #1 post
28/10/2013 at 14:25
Ah, many thanks Sshh, that's a great help. I'm still a bit new to this all so havent ventured over to Kellymom as yet. Will have a look now though.
I finally felt brave enough to join a forum and ask :-) I'm sure it will be the first of many - I've lurked here for a while, so I know you Mummys are super helpful. Thank you for the welcome
28/10/2013 at 19:38
My son had jaundice when he was born and had to be woken for feeds at least every 3 hours, so I understand how difficult it can be to let go of that. It took me a very long time - weeks - to let him wake me during the night.
I'd maybe let her go 4 hours before waking her, but get her weighed again next week and if her weight gain is good up it to five hours, if she sleeps that long.
28/10/2013 at 19:46
My little one took nearly 5 weeks to get back to her birth weight, so I was feeding her a couple of times in the night, but she always woke me before it got too long. The longest was about 5 hours, but once she was back to birth weight I didn't worry if she went longer without at night. She would feed every 2 hours during the day though.
28/10/2013 at 22:14
Hi, welcome and congrats :)
I also have a three week old. He lost quite a bit of weight initially but is back over birth weight now. The midwives and hv have all said that its ok to leave him 5 hours overnight a d he wakes up like clockwork after 5 hours so its easy. During the day his feeding is more erratic, sometimes 3 hours, sometimes 1 so I just follow his lead. Hope that helps!
28/10/2013 at 23:25
Thanks Ladies, some very helpful and reassuring replies. I was hoping for some recent experiences, so thank you :-) now to hope she decides to have a nice stint of sleep tonight... Tomorrow is Daddy's first day back at work, so its going to be an interesting night!
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