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Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 05:45:33

She's 11 days old today, ebf, feeding well and lots of wet/dirty nappies. She fed constantly from about 6pm-midnight last night and has been asleep since half 12. I think this is the longest she's been asleep! Can I leave her to wake on her own for her next feed? I know they say wake newborns up if it's been a while but I'm sure she would let me know if she was hungry!

BoboChic Tue 17-Nov-15 05:49:38

Leave her!

Mslad Tue 17-Nov-15 05:50:10

I have a 6 month old, when she was a newborn, the hospital told us to wake her in the day for feeding but not to worry about night time. Maybe you have a sleep baby? smile

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 05:54:35

Ha thank you! If only she wasn't a pfb then I could've maybe enjoyed this long sleep rather than waking up every half an hour since half 3 to check she's still breathing grin

Enkopkaffetak Tue 17-Nov-15 06:10:36

If she fed from 6-midnight. She is doing what is called cluster feeding. It is very normal for a ebb baby to cluster feed and then sleep for a good portion of the night after.

Just ensure that in 24hours she has 8-12. Feeds and for a ebb she will do just fine.

If she want long sleeps in the day wake he you won't manage the 8-12 if she does that in the day as week.

If your engorged and hence awake you could try dream feeding. This is lifting the sleeping baby and feeding her whilst asleep.

MagicalMrsMistoffelees Tue 17-Nov-15 06:26:39

Leave her! Make the most (if you can) coz it might not happen again for a while. In fact, she's probably already up!

I EBF all three of mine on demand. They slept when they wanted to. It worked for us!

And congratulations - enjoy these amazing first days.

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 06:27:21

Thanks Enkop, unfortunately I don't think we've mastered our latch well enough to dream feed yet, still takes quite a few goes to make sure she's not nibbling my nipple (ouuuch).

Yeah I figured it might be a pay off for her constantly being on my boob all evening!

I'll let her wake up on her own.

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 06:29:19

Thanks magical! She's stirring now so I think my time is shortly up!

If she does this again I'll try and be a bit more chilled and take advantage!

HackerFucker22 Tue 17-Nov-15 06:49:09

As long as she has no signs of jaundice then leave her.

Babies with even mild jaundice sadly need to be woken to feed day and night (and most babies have it to some degree in the very early days) but your MW would have mentioned it.

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 06:57:59

No no jaundice, she had lost 2% at her 5 day check and has been eating like a trouper since then so I guess she just fancied a good sleep!

MaximumVolume Tue 17-Nov-15 07:00:47

2% at 5 days is really good. If she does it tonight then you can relax, I reckon!

Joskar Tue 17-Nov-15 08:43:25

Dd2 does this. It's amazing. After dd1 I would have shook my head in disbelief that such a thing could happen. Dd2 is still doing it at 10 weeks. I know it's all going tits up at 4 months so I'm just going to enjoy it!

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 09:42:16

Oh goodness joskar you're getting me excited now grin

LaurieMarlow Tue 17-Nov-15 09:48:44

My EBF son was a fab sleeper in the early days - did 10-7 from 10 weeks. Then at about 5 months it all went to pot, but lets not talk about that.

So it is possible. Fingers crossed for you.

Pollyputhtekettleon Tue 17-Nov-15 11:38:44

That is wonderful! Leave her at night. She is still young enough to be having her weight checked regularly and as long as she is gaining within the wide range of normal then let her go at night. Really is fantastic. My second was a bit like this in the early days on and off and since 6mts is a fabulous sleeper.

angelcake20 Tue 17-Nov-15 12:31:55

My HV told me I mustn't let DS go more than 6 hours and should wake him up. I tried once and he wouldn't wake enough to feed so I gave up on that after one night. He used to feed from 8-11. He was doing 7 hours by 4 weeks and has been a fab sleeper since. My baby group hated me!

ALongTimeComing Tue 17-Nov-15 12:40:44

Leave the baby and enjoy. My baby did this and I didn't appreciate it enough. It went completely tits up at 5 months.

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Tue 17-Nov-15 12:45:18

My DS was a terrible sleeper, and I do wonder if it's partly to do with me waking him for feeds.

It's not actually for the babies sake, it's more for your supply in the early days. If you're worried maybe express a little?

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 13:31:40

She's been on my boob since she woke up pretty much, making up for lost time! How do people do this when they have other kids to look after?!

poocatcherchampion Tue 17-Nov-15 13:36:20

Children yell. Chaos ensues!

In reality if you have to do school run you plonk them in the pram/car and thry give you some peace for a bit. Thry cry while you dress the others and serve breakfast though.
Well-done mini op.

I'd leave her too, 6 hours is often recommended as a suitable length of time for the night. So there or thereabouts is fine.

DixieNormas Tue 17-Nov-15 13:38:26

Luckily ds4s cluster feeding didn't interfere with the school run, I often felt abit sorry for ds3 though as he was only 22 months at the time

hibbleddible Tue 17-Nov-15 13:53:51

Op don't wake her, and get off mumsnet and sleep!

Lemonfizzypop Tue 17-Nov-15 20:27:28

For those of you whose babies slept for long periods at night..did they stay awake most of the day? She's not slept for more than about 15 minutes today!

I think I'm gonna need to work out the sling I've got so I can do stuff while I feed her!

contractor6 Tue 17-Nov-15 22:51:45

Enjoy it! My dd slept like that for first few weeks and then it all changed, feeding every few hours through the night...

ewanthedreamsheep Tue 17-Nov-15 23:25:55

Have you had heel prick results yet? If yes and all ok, leave her. If not, I'd wake her. Mw told me one of the conditions they test for can prevent them from waking when hungry.

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