November 2012 Moms

wake baby or let her sleep?

When is it ok to let baby sleep without waking her for feedings? Last night she slept for two 6 hour sections of time. She is 2 weeks old and has gotten back to her birth weight should I still be waking her up every 4 hours or let her sleep. She eats about every 2 hours during the day  so she is getting about 8 feedings in a 24hr period.
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Re: wake baby or let her sleep?

  • It sounds like she's gaining well and that you're doing a good job of tanking her up during the day. You should probably ask your pedi, but I personally would lean toward not waking her at night to feed in that situation. But then again, I value my sleep above pretty much all else right now (possibly including my child's basic needs. I kid. sort of.).
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  • My pedi said once they get back to/exceed their birth weight, they give the okay to sleep for extended stretches. With the understanding that not every sleep stretch should be extended and you're still getting plenty of wet/Poopy diapers.

    Sounds like you are doing fine, but ask your pedi if it'll make you feel better.
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  • I would definitely ask your pediatrician, I just wanted to say I'm majorly jealous of a 6 hour sleep. I would be happy to get half of that out of my LO! Stick out tongue

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  • My LO is back to birth weight, so our pedi said we don't have to, but check with yours, of course. :
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  • I tend to agree with everyone else. 6 hrs seems long but as long as she's gaining weight I'd let her sleep.  
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  • I'd let her sleep..she is getting plenty of food during the day..
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  • I'd let her sleep.. I nursed my first baby and I'm nursing this one and I never woke for feedings. My newborn eats every 2-3 hours during the day and I feed one more time before I go to bed and he'll sleep for up to 5 hours at night.
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  • Honestly, I've never woken a sleeping baby...
    Sure, I've woken my "babies" from naps if we had to go somewhere, but I believe in letting sleeping babies sleep.

    I do realize that there are some babies who need to be woken up, that's just never been my experience. My son was born 8 pounds, 3 oz and by 1 week he was 8 pounds 13 ounces... he lost weight then gained it all back plus 10 oz in one week! My daughter, similar gain though I don't remember the specifics. So it's not something I've ever worried about...
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  • I'll be the one that says something different. At 2 weeks weight gain and breastfeeding is still in the working it out stage. I would probably bea bit more protective of that and not let baby go much past 4 or 5 hours at night without feeding. going past 6 hours is not really a good idea for your milk supply, as your body may think you are nursing a bit older baby. probably more importantly is that a newborn still needs to eat 10-12 times a day at this age. if you subtract 6 hours of sleeping time, that means baby has to get in 10-12 nursing sessions during only 18 hours, which equates to daytime feedings about 1.5 hours apart, which can be hard on you and baby just trying to fit in enough feedings during the day and still get some good naps in as well.

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  • Thanks for the advice. She had a check up today and her doctor said let her sleep since her weight is good and she is a "expressive baby" (aka she cries when she wants something).
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