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should i wake baby for feed?

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booyhoo Sat 13-Jun-09 22:30:58

last night ds2 (2 weeks old)fed at half 5 and dint wake to feed again until half 2 this morning. i am bfing and am wondering is this too long for him to go without feeding. i imagine the hv would say yes but i know that MN always knows better. he fed this evening at 8 so should i wake him to feed or just let him wake himself?

amberatkins Sat 13-Jun-09 22:45:57

I expected to feed at least every 3 hrs at 2 wks old, but personally never left her more than 4 hrs without feeding (or at least offering a feed) and would wake her to feed. If she was really sleepy she would just drift off again anyway.
TBH I think she would have woken if she was hungry, but then I'd worry less because I'd know she'd fed recently IYSWIM.

booyhoo Sat 13-Jun-09 22:54:24

i know what you mean. he feeds about 2 hourly during the day but sems to do a 5/6 hour stretch at night time. 9 hours just seemed way to long. im going to wake him now and offer a feed because he seems to be in quite a deep sleep as if he intends on staying that way for a while.

mawbroon Sat 13-Jun-09 23:06:52

Yes, I would wake him for feeding, 9hrs is too long at such a young age.

How are his nappies? How many wet/dirty nappies per day?

My ds did this when he was 10 days old. He slept for 9hrs, or so I thought until I realised it was the night that the clocks went back and he'd slept for 10hrs shock

How's his weight doing?

seeker Sat 13-Jun-09 23:15:40

I think you should offer a feed (painful though it is to suggest waking a sleeping baby) especially because it's been a hot day and he will need some fluid even if he's not actually hungry.

booyhoo Sun 14-Jun-09 14:00:15

i woke him at half eleven an then he slept till half five which is more normal for him. hes having plenty of wet and dirty nappies.hes changed at every feed and sometimes in between aswell. he was 8lb 11 ounces on tuesday (he was 13 days old)

mawbroon Tue 16-Jun-09 09:33:41

How is he doing now booyhoo?

I meant to ask about weight gain, sorry, not just weight.

SarahL2 Tue 16-Jun-09 09:47:11

My son did this. When I asked the HV if I should wake him she just laughed and said no. He'll wake if he's hungry and in the meantime we can both get some much needed sleep.

DS did feed every 2-3 hours during the day to make up for it though!!

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