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23/09/2013 at 00:52
I breastfed my daughter 5 years ago, but I distinctly remember being worried for the first 3/4 days that the colostrum wasn't enough to keep her hydrated. I have since read up on this and I realise that the colostrum is extremley important, full of antibodies, designed to be enough to fill their stomachs etc. but I cant get away from this niggling feeling that it is not a lot of 'liquid' to keep them hydrated for a full 4 days.
I struggled for the first few days with feeding and I stayed in hospital as I had had a 3rd degree tear, the feeding was pretty much constant for the three days in hospital, and the midwife kept telling me it would get better once my milk came in, which kind of makes me feel that she was hungry/thirsty even with the colostrum... I know what I have written sounds a bit silly, I know they are tiny and they dont need much in the first few days, but I am hoping to put these niggling doubts out of my head before this one is born in February - so anyone got any facts or information that will stop me worrying about this?
23/09/2013 at 01:24
It's easy to worry re feeding. Basically the baby's stomach Is the size of their closed fist so whilst we think they need a lot chances are they don't need what we think. Sucking stimulates supply so its expected at the beggining that the will latch on a lot
23/09/2013 at 06:23
Exactly WCPS. On our bfing course they showed us balls to represent the size of their stomach. When born it is the size of a marble so they can't fit much in there anyway. So they need to feed regularly to top up their tiny stomach and to get your boobs working!
I felt exactly the same and was really worried but you have to trust in nature. Bit like now at 5 months I get asked how much milk she has, erm no idea!! And when I say she feeds for 4 minutes every 2-3 hours they think she can't get much but I think she is just a super efficient feeder!!
23/09/2013 at 07:32
Baby is super super over hydrated in the womb so can last a few days on colostrum alone. my son was born Thursday night and didn't really latch very well. i was mostly expressing colostrum and syringe feeding until Monday when my milk came in... So at least three days. i didn't need to supplement x
23/09/2013 at 18:25
When Isla was born it took 4 days for my milk to come in. By the time the forth night came she had spent from 8pm til midnight constantly screaming. I phoned my mum to come over and she didn't know what to do either so as a last reort I gave isla a couple of ounces of formula in a bottle she stopped screaming Instantly and slept all night. I know that colostrum is supposed to be enough for them but I really do believe my poor girl was starving by this point. The next day my milk came in and all was fine. I then fed for the next 8 months without a problem.
23/09/2013 at 20:45
Thanks ladies. I guess I will just try to have faith in nature and see how things go and keep an open mind about it...
23/09/2013 at 20:51
Their stomachs are even smaller than that as newborns - the size of a small marble. By 3 days they're the size of a slightly bigger marble (!) and by 10 days, the size of a golf ball. So they really can't take much milk anyway, and as PW says, they're super hydrated when they're born so they don't need as much actual liquid.
23/09/2013 at 20:59
You just have to trust that they're taking in what they need. The more they latch the more you'll produce. My daughter sucked for over 1 3/4 hours when she was 1st born then didn't feed again for ages after which panicked me a bit but they're all different & will let you know when they're hungry!
23/09/2013 at 21:11
Just trust your t i t s! this is what they and babies are designed to do. Let her feed as much as she demands - or more if she's especially sleepy - and she'll be fine.
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