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sleepy baby/ wake to nurse

Aaron often wil sleep 3 hours before we wake him with a diaper change and then he eats. DD never needed waking. Does anyone else have to wake baby to eat? He eats fine and he has gained weight since birth but I'm kinda worried.




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  • I had to do this with DD, as she lost a good amount of weight in the first week. The tips we were given were to undress a bit, or at least unswaddle -- if they're too warm it's harder to wake them up. Also tickling their feet/hands will stimulate them enough to eat. I know it seems counterproductive -- if they are sleeping, let them sleep! I'm hoping we don't have to really do that this time around.
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  • I had to wake my first to eat. I think it's normal. I'd let him go 4 hours at night though unless there is a weight issue
  • I wouldn't wake him unless there was a weight issue. Even the first couple weeks.
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  • KateMW said:

    I was always under the impression unless the doctor told you to, not to wake them to eat. I do not wake sleeping babies!

    This is what I've always thought too. If they are gaining weight properly, let them sleep at night. My cousins baby came home from the hospital sleeping 6+ hours at night. And she was not told to wake him for a feeding. He didn't have any trouble, and he gained weight like he should.
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  • My second baby we would have to constantly wake him up cuz he was lazy ( he still lazy and his 4) lol but I think it's normal .
  • Eston ALWYS needs to be woken up.. I think if I let him he'd sleep 4-5 hours. But even when I wake him( stripping him down to the diaper) he falls asleep while feeding. Not a great eater at all.. And we r having to finger feed:(
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    Cashingn2 said:

    But she cluster feeds before bed do I wonder if that's why

    @Cash DS used to cluster feed every half hour between 8pm -10:30 which was a PITA but then he would sttn until 6am (at 6 weeks old). I felt like it was a great trade off.

    OP Honestly I would ask the ped but unless he/she said to wake the baby every 3 hrs I'd probably let the baby sleep and feed/change when they woke up crying.
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  • I was told with DD1 to wake so my breast milk supply would not be affected. But I was also not pumping.
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  • We don't wake Chloe to feed, but she has been waking every 2-3hrs on her own. She does, however, fall asleep at the breast all the time and stimulating her isn't working anymore. We eventually have to finger-feed her to get enough in.
  • This was NOT a problem with DS. He was the worst sleeper. This time I have a good sleeper on my hands....knock on wood this keeps up!!!. I am waking her at the 3.5 hour mark. After she gains some weight I won't anymore.

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  • utlawgirlutlawgirl
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    We did with DD. She was super-sleepy at first and we'd even have to tickle her toes and pump her arms to keep her awake while nursing! We woke every 3 hours during the day, and let he go 4-hour stretches at night (though she was usually awake by then anyway). I think you're doing just fine!
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    KateMW said:

    I was always under the impression unless the doctor told you to, not to wake them to eat. I do not wake sleeping babies!

    This is what I've always thought too. If they are gaining weight properly, let them sleep at night. My cousins baby came home from the hospital sleeping 6+ hours at night. And she was not told to wake him for a feeding. He didn't have any trouble, and he gained weight like he should.
    Our OB (edit: I mean Pedi) and breastfeeding class said the opposite. They said never let them go longer than three hours at night or in general without feeding, so wake them if you need to. This is when they are newborns.

    A lot of moms at the class stated they have to wake their babies to feed quite frequently.
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  • If he is up to birth weight and your Pedi didn't say anything about waking, I wouldn't worry. If you're feeling engorged, hand express. Just try and wait out the sleep. I have always been told that sleep begets sleep. Emma was this way. Once she regained her birth weight, we let her sleep all she wanted. I was always so nervous that she wouldn't sleep at night because she slept all day, but everyone told me that sleep begets sleep and that the more sleep during the day was better for good sleep at night. It was definitely true in her case. I would still call your pedi if you're curious. 


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  • amberpro said:

    I wouldn't wake him unless there was a weight issue. Even the first couple weeks.

    This! I wouldn't wake them either unless there is a weight issue. Ask your pedi about it if you are concerned.
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    I have to wake Isaac up to eat, usually changing his diaper does the trick, he hates diaper changes. I'd say 2/3rds of the time I have to wake him at the 3 hour mark. But then, he's still itty bitty, not even 5 pounds yet so it could be partly because of his preemie status.

    And FWIW, we're at the NICU and the policy is every 3 hours, he eats. Partly that's because the staff have to keep a schedule to stay organized and like @Cashingn2, late preterms are a bit different than full term babies. It's important that they gain weight.
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  • It's been a couple years since I had a newborn but DS did not need to be woken to since usually changing his diaper did the trick. However when he got a bit older I've def dream fed him.
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  • ScarlettV said:
    I was always under the impression unless the doctor told you to, not to wake them to eat. I do not wake sleeping babies!
    This is what I've always thought too. If they are gaining weight properly, let them sleep at night. My cousins baby came home from the hospital sleeping 6+ hours at night. And she was not told to wake him for a feeding. He didn't have any trouble, and he gained weight like he should.
    Our OB (edit: I mean Pedi) and breastfeeding class said the opposite. They said never let them go longer than three hours at night or in general without feeding, so wake them if you need to. This is when they are newborns. A lot of moms at the class stated they have to wake their babies to feed quite frequently.
    Same here. Lactation consultant at our hospital and our pedi told us DS should be eating every 2-3 hours, even at night -- but he was early, just over 37 weeks, so maybe that has something to do with it. I'd definitely ask your pedi, I think every baby is a little different.
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  • I have this problem. I think my baby would sleep all day if I didn't wake her. The pediatrician said do not go over 4 hours without letting her eat. I've been waking her about every 3 1/2 and undressing her and making her mad so she will stay awake long enough to nurse. I'm hoping she has gained weight at her appointment on Wednesday.
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