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01/05/2013 at 16:14
Following on from my post yesterday re P losing too much weight and not feeding properly, i now almost have the opposite problem - gah!
So she was feeding for over 2 hours a session and i was advised to offer a formula top up until her weight goes up or she could be readmitted. I have also bern advised to let her go no longer than 4 hours between feeds. My issue is she never wants a feed within 4 hours and trying to wake a newborn to bf is nearly impossible and she falls asleep cobstantly during feeds and is kind of hanging off me without really feeding iyswim - almost in the way a baby would suck a dummy.
So how am i meant to make sure she feeds every 4 hours when i cant wake her?? My boobs are fit to explode as her last feed was at 11.30 but she is soundo. Also surely my boobs will produce less milk if i am full for ages before she feeds as my body will think its not needed???
This is all so confusing. Any advice??
01/05/2013 at 16:19
I was always told to change the nappy (even if they don't need it) or strip them down so they grump and wake up a bit more. I was also constantly messing with her to keep her stimulated and awake, so tickling her feet, gently pressing on her palms (which supposedly stimulates the sucking reflex), and also gently blowing on her face.
01/05/2013 at 16:36
Strip her down, tickle her head and feet. Lift her upright when she starts to doze of again.
I also found gently pulling A off, or more threatening to pull him off, jolted him and he started suckling again.
It's hard but won't last too long.
01/05/2013 at 17:07
Wees. My friends little boy was so bad she had to put cold flannels on him to keep him awake!
01/05/2013 at 17:13
If your boobs are getting really full inner week could you express and then when you top her up you could top her up with EBM instead of formula? Or freeze it .
As for waking, the stripping off is the best tip. Or when I was in hospital one MW told me to stroke their ear, the outside ridgy bit if you know what I mean. Stroking that and across her cheek often used to wake W.
or taking her off the boob would jolt her awake as there was suddenly nothing in her mouth.
01/05/2013 at 17:14
Sorry that's meant to say inbetween not inner week! Stupid phone!
01/05/2013 at 17:17
M was like this and I literally did everything to wake him but nothing worked. I expressed, it also helped to build up my supply. If the stripping baby, changing nappy, tickling feet, etc doesn't work, perhaps it's worth pumping?
01/05/2013 at 17:28
I managed to get her to feed - just about. But i had to strip her totally naked, tickle her feet, hands, ears etc, blow on her and jiggle her about. It was such hard work!! Normally i woukd just feed her when she wakes asking for it but because i have been advised not to let her ho more than 4 hours its like i am force feeding her....
01/05/2013 at 17:29
My A was like this at the beginning due to jaundice. We'd change nappy before every feed to wake him up. Then I wanted him to feed for about 20mins each time, so when he fell asleep I'd do what everyone has said... tickle feet, blow on face/head, stroke cheek/ears, take nipple away. Also lots of skin-to-skin might help. I didn't express but it sounds like a good idea.
It is HARD, especially at nighttime when you yourself want to sleep, so you have my full sympathy.
01/05/2013 at 18:01
I play with A's ear as well...kind of flick and mess with the cartilige bit, and pull away the nipple. A takes an hour to feed usually so its tough to keep at it, especially during the night, but it will get easier
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