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VodkaCranberry2 Thu 28-May-20 00:08:08

I have a seven week old and ever since I have been feeding him every 2-3 hours 3-4oz. The hospital told us at the time to wake him to feed but is that just when they’re new? Baby currently asleep right now after 2 hours and pretty sure he’ll sleep another 2-3. WIBU to leave him until he wakes or do I wake him up? As you can tell I’m a new mum!

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Azaziel Thu 28-May-20 09:15:33

I’ve not even heard of this. Why on earth would you wake a sleeping baby?

Conquistadora Thu 28-May-20 09:03:57

Never have, never would unless there was an issue with baby putting on enough weight or not producing enough wet/dirty nappies etc.

tealandteal Thu 28-May-20 08:38:51

I did for the first 5 days or so but then midwife said it was OK not to as he was gaining nicely, plenty of nappies etc.

3LittleMonkeyz Thu 28-May-20 07:59:30

With one of mine I had to on medical advice as a baby. Otherwise, no. I will wake them to change a pop but not a wet nappy. I mostly try to avoid waking them at all ever. Being woken before your done sleeping is never pleasant. Obviously there are times when we have to be somewhere but I will leave them sleeping for as long as possible.

thunderthighsohwoe Thu 28-May-20 07:36:26

I deliberately woke to feed every three hours between 6am and 6pm, but overnight I just waited until she woke me.

catfeets Thu 28-May-20 07:32:19

We were told this too. The hospital blamed her low weight on the fact that we didn't wake her every 4hrs on the dot, even though she was having lots of feeds during the day.
She had a 2wk hospital stay at a month old and they were ridiculously persistent. Not once did they manage to get her to feed during the night if she didn't wake on her own, she just refused it. All it did was cost both of us sleep.
By the time we were back home her sleep pattern was ruined and she did then start waking multiple times during the night. Took weeks and weeks to get her routine back.
She's 3mths old now and a healthy weight.

Raaaa Thu 28-May-20 07:16:40

My HV said the same, we said ok we will and then never did. Tbh fuck that if you've spent ages getting them to sleep! We also believed if she was hungry she would wake up

justhereforthetips Thu 28-May-20 07:08:30

I never woke my ds to feed him and no one ever told me to.

SodOffCovid Thu 28-May-20 07:08:07

Absolutely not. Sleeeeeeeep.

Sipperskipper Thu 28-May-20 07:08:01

I would wake mine to feed in the day to keep to our routine, and do a dream feed at about 1030 pm. Would never wake her overnight!

Oysterbabe Thu 28-May-20 07:07:22

What is your baby's weight like? My first was a tiny scrap of a thing who barely slept at all and wanted tiny amounts very regularly. My second was lovely and chunky and would have a big belly full of milk and sleep for hours from day 1.
At 7 weeks the baby will definitely let you know when it needs something.

snowybean Thu 28-May-20 07:04:14

I woke to feed mine until she was a few weeks old (4, I think) as she was born so tiny.

I now only wake her if my boobs are full of milk and I really want to get rid of the discomfort 😅

starfish18 Thu 28-May-20 07:02:37

We only had to wake our little boy when he was first born as he had jaundice and would sleep for hours without a bottle...some people wake at a certain time for the night for a dream feed...if ur concerned about what to do ring ur health visitor...any concerns we have we find them very helpful x

HeyDuggeesCakeBadge Thu 28-May-20 07:02:35

My first DC lost a fair bit of weight when first born and I was really anxious - they told me to feed her every 2 hours and that was every 2 hours from when I started. She took approximately 45 mins to feed so you can imagine what a wreck we both were. It was hell and they have never slept well and they are now 5.

My second I refused to do that, he woke up himself when hungry and slept through from 5 weeks. He did gain weight really quickly though.

2007Millie Thu 28-May-20 06:59:49

Hell no
Are you crazy

nasalspray Thu 28-May-20 06:58:18

I never woke mine. I fed on demand.

Oysterbabe Thu 28-May-20 06:48:18

I've never woken one of my children on purpose.

Whichoneofyoudidthat Thu 28-May-20 06:36:55

If mine hadn’t woken after their early evening feed, I always fed them before going to bed myself. They all were very easy to ‘dream feed’ though. Best piece of advice I ever got!

Laserbird16 Thu 28-May-20 04:21:04

If there are no concerns about his weight or feeding then let him sleep. He'll wake you up when he's hungry. Unless you're breastfeeding and about to explode and need a comfort feed for your poor boobs.

Get thee to bed yourself and enjoy the sleep

LucaFritz Thu 28-May-20 04:06:57

My DS is breastfed and we co some nights before i go to sleep ill give him a little dream feed and he stays asleep a few hours more because of it but if he's hungry he'll stir slightly and start rooting but id never wake him specifically for a feed even if i was leaking

caringcarer Thu 28-May-20 03:43:54

If baby is gaining weight and well it will wake when hungry. I would never wake a sleeping baby in the night. If baby slept for more than 5 hours I might wake during day. All of mine slept well at night and no way would I have woken them up even when breast got really hard with milk.

Saracen Thu 28-May-20 01:57:04

I used to do a "dream feed" when I went to bed, or if I happened to wake in the night, so as to get a longer stretch of sleep for myself before the baby woke up hungry and woke me up.

MustShowDH Thu 28-May-20 01:44:34

I was told this too. Se my mobile alarm to wake me to feed.
If I had another, there is not a chance in hell I would wake a sleeping baby that was otherwise healthy.

Aquamarine1029 Thu 28-May-20 01:40:25

Unless your baby is failing to gain, waking them to feed is ridiculous. A hungry baby will wake themselves and make their needs known quite clearly. I never once asked my children to feed because it wasn't necessary.

MamaDane Thu 28-May-20 01:28:37

Our twins were born week 34 and obviously had a low birth weight, so until they reached their birth weight as well as their due date, we had to feed them every 3 hours.

But if your baby was born on time, passed his birth weight, which wasn't low, then I don't see why you should wake him up at night unless he's losing weight of course.

It may affect your milk supply (in case you're breastfeeding) however if you don't feed at night.

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