Post # 1
I personally wont be attempting to put my new born on a sleep schedule, and I know some medical professionals say to wake your newborn every 3 hrs to feed while others say never wake a sleeping baby unless there is a medical concern to do so… BUT I am curious what to expect.
What was your baby’s natural sleep schedule like? Up every hour? Every other hour? Every 3 hours? Slept a solid 5-6 hours?!
Post # 3
@applebeee: Most breastfed newborns will feed every 1-3 hrs in the first couple weeks of life, and ideally shouldn’t be left more than 3 hrs between feeds until they regain their birth weight (they lose weight in the first few days of life). Once the baby is gaining well, “baby led” ie. let the baby feed/sleep as it sees fit with no more than one 5 hr stretch a day. Once the baby is a few months old, it may sleep through the night.
Formula fed infants often go longer times between feeds right from the start, but not always. Again, let the baby lead.
Post # 4
I did wake my baby every 2 hours during the day and I wouldn’t let her go more than 3-4 hours overnight. It took some effort to get her to gain weight at the appropriate rate. She got back to her birthweight within 4 or 5 days, but we had some nursing trouble (she could latch properly, but she slept instead of ate, it’s a long story but I started pumping & once on the bottle her weight started to jump up)
Anyway, once we got her feeding/weight situation under control I stopped waking her up and she would sleep 4-5 hours in a stretch from about 3 weeks.
At 5 months now she will sleep anywhere from 7-10 hours in a stretch.
Post # 5
@applebeee: My baby is a week old and I HAVE to wake him up to eat otherwise he would never eat – he would sleep all day!
Post # 6
@DaneLady: OMG that’s what my baby is doing! Falling asleep at the breast! We are struggling to get through that right now. He has a great latch but then has boob-colepsy and nods off and we have to try and keep him awake. Sometimes feedings drag out for almost an hour because of this.
I think he’s just a snacker, thats what it seems to be, but it’s concerning when you are trying to get his weight back up! That GREAT to hear that your baby’s weight stabalized and is ok now that some time has passed – I’m only a week in.
Post # 7
@Sunshine09: I’m sorry your struggling with your little guy, but I seriously just laughed out loud at the word boob-colepsy.
Post # 8
My daughter was usually up every 2-3 hours, 24 hours a day. I never woke her to feed and never tried to put her on any kind of schedule.
Post # 9
@Sunshine09: Girl, hang in there. The first 2-3 weeks were definitely the hardest! I felt like I was all but terrorizing the poor babe to stay awake… cool rag to the face, stripped down to a diaper, pinching toes, tickling the tummy, unlatching & relatching (yeeeeowwwch!) etc etc to the point that feedings were taking over 45 minutes, and she was hungry again within an hour. So my boobs were literally out as often as they were in. I couldn’t shower, I couldn’t nap, I was barely able to eat enough. Nursing became such a source of stress and anxiety for me, which I am certain didn’t help since LO can feel the tension. Pumping, while time consuming and irritating, is the only reason she’s still getting BM exclusively. PM me anytime you need anything. I completely understand the frustration.
Post # 10
@DaneLady: Wow, that gives me such hope. I’m pumping too to make sure my milk stays up because yeah he just does not have a huge feed, he snacks and then very soon after he’s rooting again like ‘oh wait, I”m still hungry’…it’s like you said, on again off again on again off again, I’m a total milking cow right now. That’s all I do. The nights are the hardest, last night I was up every half hour, in the glider, out of the glider, then just when I think he’s asleep he’s making his hungry noises…I fed him in bed a few times nodding off myself. All.night.long. Good thing he’s so darn loveable. 🙂
@bunnymama: Total boob-colepsy. lol
Post # 11
@DaneLady: I haven’t written my birth story yet but my 2 day old hss the same problem. So grateful to hear others are going through the same thing. I tried the cold cloth, massaging my boobs, etc and I feel like I’m going crazy. I’ve been “topping off” with fornula but I want to exclusively breast feed if possible.
Post # 12
My doctor said try to get them to eat every 2-3 and then at night, up to a 4 hour stretch. Once birthweight is regained, they can do 1 stretch up to 6 hours. I think once 10 pounds they can do up to an 8 hour stretch. Of course different doctors probably have different rules.
For those who have babies who are falling asleep nursing, do everything you can to keep them up, but if they still fall asleep, you can have daddy feed them. Use your pumped milk ( pump after nursing to build supply and also to empty your breasts if baby fell asleep) and then have Daddy put milk in a syringe and have baby suck on his finger. Baby only gets milk when he sucks. This keeps baby from getting nipple confusion and gives Daddy a job :). You could use formula too if needed, but if you can supplement with your own milk it will better help you grow your supply.