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13/10/2013 at 03:42
I realise I haven't been on since my ba and I'm jumping straight in with questions!
S is a week old and had jaundice and tongue tie, I also lost a lot of blood at birth so am still badly anemic. The last two nights he has fed almost constantly from 7ish until 4ish in the morning, without a break :( he latches on ok but then sucks a bit and falls asleep. He will occasionally take a big feed but not often in this time. Yet when I think he's finished and go to put him down, he fusses and roots like he's starving!
What's going on? Is my supply not enough because of the anaemia? Or is this to be expected? My milk kind of seemed to come in slowly which the midwives thought was because of the anaemia/blood transfusions...is that right? We're getting lots of wet nappies but its been 48hours since the last dirty one.
I'm worried I'm not sustaining him :( any experience or advice much appreciated xxx
13/10/2013 at 07:11
It sounds like lo is just building up a supply, night time milk is the best milk as its fattier and in the very early days they often just go from one side to another. Both of mine did this and its exhausting. My h kept me topped up with drinks and as soon as they were finished h took them to wind them/get them to sleep. I found it happened for a night or 2 then back to normal a few nights then growth spurt again just in the very early days.
Is your h there to help during the day?
13/10/2013 at 07:41
pretty much exactly what cherry pie says although somtimes feeding was an all day event in this house in the early weeks
Drink lots eat lots of flapjack in fac try and make sure you are eating a good balanced diet in general my midwife stressed this was really important at start of breast feeding.
Disco also fed a small amount and then fell asleep it meant a lot of feeding little and often however things that helpped stripping him off to feed, nappy changing halfway through a feed to help wake him up for the second side. handing him over to H whn thought he had finished to see if he just wanted cuddles or more milk.
It does get better, things that helpped the mamouth feeding sssions for me wer settingup a good supply of drinks and snacks with in reach and having a good supply of easy watching TV/ films to keep me awake whilst feeding. I was too scared to do the feeds in bed when they were lasting several hours so would settel downstairs watching TV until disco finished.
13/10/2013 at 08:46
Ill second the advice already given. Sounds pretty normal to me.
L fed constantly from midnight to 7am for the first few weeks. Remember their tummy is still really tiny so a little and often is going to be what they want. If he is gaining weight and has wet nappies you are doing great. Don't worry about dirty nappies so much. BF babies don't tend to poo often due to there being little waste product from breast milk.
Keeping drinking loads, eating regularly and keep him at the breast as much as possible.
Have you heard of a baby moon? Stay in bed topless all day, have S in just a nappy. Lots of skin to skin, rest for you and he can feed as often as he likes. I did this with A and it was brilliant.
13/10/2013 at 12:03
Thank you for your replies, its reassuring that this seems normal then. I can cope with it if I know its normal.
We are having a naked day today and have banned visitors so we can just snuggle together and feed.
H is off work for another week and is being a star at bringing me food and drink so I will keep taking advantage of it. I'm off to the clinic with him tomorrow to check his weight. He'd lost 8% on Thursday so hopefully it will have steadied/gained tomorrow to reassure me a bit more.
Thanks again ladies xxx
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