Quick bfing q from hospital

(14 Posts)
jollytummywobbles Fri 13-Sep-13 22:59:21

My dd was born yesterday via a section so we are still in hospital.

She's fed on and off all day and cluster fed 7-10pm tonight. She's had nappies that are wet, and 4 mecinium nappies- 3 of them since 7.30.

She however doesn't want to sleep. Midwife has come in, swaddled her for me and then firmly suggested that we give her another 2 hours and then give her a bottle as she is clearly hungry. If she's had wet nappies all day and 4 mec nappies, surely she's been getting enough and just wants to comfort/ cluster feed.

Does anyone have advice for me? This is my second baby and I mixed fed number 1- want to avoid bottles this time around if possible.

RhondaJean Fri 13-Sep-13 23:01:51

That's bad advice.

If you don't want to give her a bottle don't do it.

She's just establishing your supply just now, and you sound happy to go ŵith it. You are spot on about the wet nappies being a good sign.

Can you chat to a different midwife?

DuelingFanjo Fri 13-Sep-13 23:02:04

Does your bed have a bed guard, can you Coleen and feed on demand. How much are the suggests she have in a bottle? Her stomach is very small.

DuelingFanjo Fri 13-Sep-13 23:02:25

Cosleep I mean.

Feed as much as she roots, skin to skin with her, lots, she will dose off then you can mve her if you need to. If your hospital is like ours they will remove any co-sleeping baby and put them in a cot.

topsmart Fri 13-Sep-13 23:06:28

Cor, totally agree with Rhondajean, that's terrible advice. If you're happy then just keep feeding baby. Not a lot else to do in hospital anyway eh? smile

I got told similar with DD1 and hospital took her off me to give her whole bottle of formula. Ruined things for a while as she hadn't learned to latch properly and my milk hasn't come in. We got over it though! But it took a while.

Might be worth asking someone to check the latch? But probably just baby wanting comfort.

Now I'm missing newborn cuddles smile

littleoaktree Fri 13-Sep-13 23:06:40

Unless there is any medical reason why she needs a bottle then just let her bf as often as she wants, she's establishing your supply and until your milk comes in she'll want to feed a lot. Both mine were ebf and all ds2 wanted to do for the first 3 nights was bf constantly or be held, neither of us got much sleep and it was a knackering time but once my milk was in then he settled fine in his basket after a feed and we haven't looked back (sat here bfing him and he's 16mo)

topsmart Fri 13-Sep-13 23:07:37

Hadn't, not 'hasn't' come in - that was 6 years ago, you'd think it wouldn't take that long!

Wonderstuff Fri 13-Sep-13 23:07:50

My dd would only settle when on my chest for first few days, she wasn't hungry, just wanted the comfort of feeding and being close. If I were you I wouldn't give a bottle, I would try to co sleep. One lovely MW when I was in with dd and just shattered helped me get her latched on while I was lying down, had she not shown me this trick I think dd may have been formula fed...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 13-Sep-13 23:07:52

From what you've said there's no need to worry about her being hungry and give her a bottle unless that's what you would now like to do.

You could ask the MW to check the latch, but other than that I would keep filling her very tiny tummy with your own milk as often as she seems to want it.

BM does get digested easily, so until your supply gets going she is likely to want feeding often.

Congratulations OP.
Xx

Scarlettsstars Sat 14-Sep-13 00:22:24

What others have said. My DS cluster fed for 18 hours straight in Scbu after birth, dozing on and off while still nursing. He was just putting in a big order for next days supply and it worked! Congratulations!!

jollytummywobbles Sat 14-Sep-13 01:20:17

Thank you all for your advice, good to know my gut feeling was right!

Thanks to copious amounts of rocking and singing, she's been asleep for 90 mins now. There are loads of banging noises on the ward now and she's beginning to starts stirring, but that's hardly my fault!

Will stick to my guns about the feeding when she wakes up, thanks again x

ILivebytheRiver Sat 14-Sep-13 01:33:27

Good luck and enjoy the bits of sleep you can get. I well remember the wee small hours on the ward post C-section - feeling lonely and all at sea. Glad she's snoozing now. It's going to be mad and giving a bottle might seem a solution but then your breasts will be filling up and the best thing to do about that is get your baby to feed off them!

Your hormones will be kicking in... hope you get some sleep and then the support of your loved ones when the day begins again. I was still slightly off my head from all the drugs in the 24 hours after my C-Section - only realised later! My second child barely fed in the 24 hours after birth but then starting feeding a bit more. I think if she had been my first I would have started panicking and succumbed to the pressure of the bottle.

It's such early days. The very best of luck and hope you get home soon. Congratulations too thanks

louloutheshamed Sat 14-Sep-13 01:48:33

No! Just keep feeding!! I had ds 2 6 days ago and he was the same- fed all night the first night. But by day 3 the milk was gushing so he'd obviously just been putting his order in.

Shocking ignorance from midwife.

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