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December 12th, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Caleb is an expert sleeper. Without me waking him, he sleeps contently for about 3.5 hours at a time, wakes to eat for about an hour, stays alert to "play" for about an hour, then goes back to sleep. This worked great for us yesterday, but his nursery nurse today told me that I need to wake him so that he can eat every 3 hours. I've been trying this all day, but what usually happens is he screams bloody murder when I wake him up, it takes forever for him to get a good latch, he sucks 3 times, and then he falls asleep on my breast. I'm going home tomorrow, and was wondering if it really is necessary to wake him up to feed, or if I could go back to feeding when he's showing signs of hunger. I had just assumed that if he were hungry, he'd wake up to eat, but the nurse said he wouldn't get enough chow unless I woke him. My milk hasn't come in yet, but I've been pumping in between nursing so I don't think supply will be an issue for me (knock on wood!)
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December 12th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Kenzie has been doing the whole sleeping for 3-4 hrs during the day. I don't wake her. If it is going past 4 then I will change her to get her to wake up and feed her. At night she goes about 3 hrs then wakes up to nurse.

When we were in the hospital that girl slept for 5 hrs and I could NOT get her to wake up to eat. Our nurse wasn't concerned!

ETA: She slept for 5 hrs because they were doing the whole newborn screening thing, with a shot plus glucose testing, poor lil one was so tired!
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December 12th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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I super duper regret not waking Emmalyn more in the hospital the last day and after we went home to eat. It is what lead us down the slippery jaundice slope as she wasn't getting enough to get enough baby poos going to clear it out of her system so it just got worse and worse and landed us back in the hospital. She also got sleepier and sleepier the higher it got so she slept for longer and longer stretches without waking making it even worse.
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December 12th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Victoria has to feed at least every three, awake or not. There are times I'd love to let her sleep another hour but between being jaundice, low birth weight, and heart problems... This LO needs food round the clock.

Our pedis specialist said absolutely no longer than three hours so that's what I'm sticking to.

If it helps, I think every baby is different with different needs. If she was 100% aok, I'd let her sleep.
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December 12th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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I think if he's a healthy weight and has no issues with jaundice and you are pumping, let the sweet baby sleep.
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December 12th, 2012, 03:06 PM
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I, personally, would wake him up. This is a great article on BFing these first few weeks...

http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/

Especially if he's really sleepy and will sleep long stretches at night (which is what we want, right??) you're going to need to get the majority of his feeding sessions in during the day. With Clara, I would nurse her 12+ times a day. And with Benjamin, he's pretty much stayed latched on since yesterday afternoon! LOL He did give us a 6 hr stretch last night which I dont worry about at all because he nurses so much during the day. As a FTM, you dont know how your milk supply will be so right now how much he nurses will determine that and especially once it does come in, it will determine if it stays that way.

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December 12th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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I'm starting to discover just how awesome Kelly's Mom is I used some of the tips for waking him & keeping him awake this last time and we had a successful nursing session. It went 10X better than me just winging it.
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December 12th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Hilary, you have some of the best references! Thank you for sharing!!
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December 13th, 2012, 05:50 AM
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If baby is keeping up his weight and only going 3.5 - 4 hours anyway, I would let him sleep.

If baby is going 4+ hours, is low weight or losing weight, ABSOLUTELY wake him to nurse.

I too had many problems with Kaylee because nobody told me I was supposed to wake her! She was born at 7lbs on the button and had lost an entire pound in two days when we left the hospital, and I was berrated and made feel like the worst mother alive because NOBODY (nurses included!) told me to wake her. I just thought I had such a good sleeper.
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