Waking up a newborn for feedings?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Unless they are underweight, preemie or have another health issue, it’s usually not recommended to wake a sleeping baby to feed. They will wake up on their own when hungry.

Post # 4
3677 posts
Sugar bee

At night, I feed her when she wakes up on her own. During the day, we will wake her up from a nap if it’s been 2-3 hours so that she can eat. This helps her have better stretches of sleep at night.

Post # 5
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

During the night, we would set an alarm for 4 hours after the start of her last feeding. We were having breastfeeding issues that meant DD wasn’t eating enough and was losing too much weight, which in turn made her want to sleep a LOT, so we definitely needed those alarms. You don’t need to wake them up every 2-3 hours, though — I think 4 hours is kind of the standard longest-allowable-stretch without feeding for the first couple of weeks.

Post # 6
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I never woke my kids to feed.  Unless they aren’t gaining weight, you should let the baby sleep.  They will wake up if they are hungry.

Post # 7
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with PPs. You shouldn’t wake a sleeping baby to eat unless they are having weight or other issues that require them to feed on a strict schedule. The woman I nanny for is constantly waking her baby up after a few hours of sleeping just because she thinks he needs to eat (he’s almost a year). He always looks so exhausted, and is cranky again after an hour of being awake. I just wish she would let him sleep!

Post # 8
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our daughter had jandice and weight loss issues so for the first month we woke up to feed every 3 hours but once she got on track we never woke her up.

Post # 9
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was told to wake every 3 hrs to nurse until we knew he was gaining weight well. But as it turned out, he was perfectly fine at waking up himself and letting me know he was hungry 🙂

Post # 11
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I asked the LC about this at the hospital, and she said once your milk comes in, that it’s okay to wait longer stretches at night, but when it’s still colostrum, she said to wake him up to eat.  This was only relevant our first couple nights at home.

Post # 12
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MaVer610:  I’ve never understood this idea.  Everyone I know who wakes their babies up to feed then has trouble getting them to sleep through the night.  When  you’re only used to sleeping in 2 hour stretches what else are you going to do?

Post # 13
4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

WIth me, I slept 20 hours a say, They woke me up for feedings during the day so I’d get on that schedule, but I was already sleeping 6 hours stretches at night at 3 weeks old, and they loved that, lol. So I’d say let the baby sleep at night as long as there are no growth or development concerns

ETA: not a mom, this is just my mom’s advice

Post # 14
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have been told that you are supposed to wake up a newborn for feedings until s/he regains his/her birth weight.  This should happen in about a week, max two weeks.  After that, let them sleep.

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