Newborn not fed for 8 hrs

(19 Posts)
ElBombero Thu 05-Sep-13 20:16:33

Baby born at 7am, fed pretty much none stop 8-12, great latch n supply. However not fed now since 12ish so nearly 8 hours, not interested. Is this ok?

ElBombero Thu 05-Sep-13 20:17:18

I've undressed him, cooled him, changed nappy etc to wake him up but just doesn't appear hungry

itshowwedo Thu 05-Sep-13 20:19:14

I would call the midwife or delivery suite. Eight hours sounds like a long time, but I'm pretty sure my first went 6 hours her first night (on the ward). You need a professional to advise you, I reckon.

itshowwedo Thu 05-Sep-13 20:21:11

Congratulations, by the way! grin

Alanna1 Thu 05-Sep-13 20:21:35

Call the midwives. It's probably fine but ANY concern you should get in touch - no matter how small. And sounds a bit long for me. Good luck and congratulations!

staverton Thu 05-Sep-13 20:22:22

Yes call delivery suite. It may be nothing and he is resting after the birth BUT it may be a sign of neonatal sepsis (infection) and you need a real person to advise you, not opinions on the internet.
Good luck and congrats

Shmack Thu 05-Sep-13 20:23:06

Second call the midwife also check skin colour my DS wouldn't feed and was badly jaundiced

Yorkieaddict Thu 05-Sep-13 20:24:06

My thought would be he is tired from being born, I know my DS slept for the whole of his first night without feeding, as did I, as we were both so knackered from the birth. Definitely worth running it by a midwife to check just in case though!

Refoca Thu 05-Sep-13 20:24:52

My DS didn't feed for a lot longer than that, midwives weren't worried for the first 24 hours though I did keep checking in with them. Advice will probably depend on birth weight, alertness, muscle tone (ie more worried if 'floppy')...I'd give them a quick call and keep trying to feed in the meantime.

NotAQueef Thu 05-Sep-13 20:25:17

Congratulations! I will echo the others, it may just be that he is recovering from the birth etc, but 8 hrs is a long time, and it can't hurt to get a professional's opinion - particularly as it is hot and is easy for a baby to become dehydrated. So I'd phone midwife/labour& delivery

Curleyhazel Thu 05-Sep-13 20:25:20

I would definitely call the delivery suite or your local midwife team just to be sure. Congratulations smile.

Bunbaker Thu 05-Sep-13 20:27:43

I agree that you should get medical advice. DD did the same and went drowsy because her blood sugar dropped. Happily a feed soon put her right.

It's always worth checking if you feel concerned, never sit and worry rather than asking. IME it's not unusual for a newborn to have an extended break from feeding on the first day, particularly if they have a had a long or difficult birth. Is he sleepy or just awake and not interested in feeding? I wouldn't be overly worried just now, the only exception to that would be if he had jaundice in which case he'd need to drink as often as possible.

Congratulations smile

noblegiraffe Thu 05-Sep-13 20:32:56

IME it's not ok, and you need to make an effort to feed at least every 2-3 hours. If baby will not take a feed then you need to hand express into a syringe and give the feed that way.

If it's just a one-off and baby feeds fine from now on, then relax. Otherwise you need to start doing some work as if baby doesn't feed enough in the first few days he may lose too much weight and end up readmitted to hospital.

You should be giving 8-12 feeds every 24 hours.

ElBombero Thu 05-Sep-13 20:53:08

Thanks everyone just rang post natal ward, they said strip him and keep offering breast, that he is probably just tired. She expects e will wake during night hungry but if not to call back if he hasn't taken anything by 3am x

itshowwedo Thu 05-Sep-13 20:59:29

Well done ElBombero. Sounds like you got the advice you needed. Good luck tonight.

midori1999 Thu 05-Sep-13 22:26:56

I would personally be expressing some colostrum to spoon or syringe feed if my newborn hadn't fed that long. I'd be worried about blood sugar dropping.

ElBombero Thu 05-Sep-13 22:44:17

He's woke had 2 big poos n just finished a huge feed grin happy mummy

Bunbaker Fri 06-Sep-13 06:54:03

Ah, that's good news. Congratulations BTW.

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