My LO is 16 days old and after a shaky BF start we are doing well. I'm feeding on demand, sometimes cluster feeding in the evening, but mostly he's quite happy to go 3 1/2 to 4 hours between feeds. I think he'd go longer, but i always make sure he doesn't go longer than four hours. That was the advice the midwife gave me, not to let him go longer than four hours. He'll feed for between 15-40 mins, average about 20-25 mins.
I've been reading that a lot of newborns are feeding every 1-2 hours. So, i'm worried i might be letting him go too long between feeds?
He's a good weight (4590g - 10lb 2oz at birth)
He then lost weight due to delay in my milk coming in (more than 10%) but starting gaining again by day 6 after some formula top ups in hosp.
My milks in in full swing now and we are no longer having to top up with formula.
His weight gain has been
day 6 4200g from 4090g on hosp admission
day 9 4460g
day 14 4750g
So, my question is, if he's gaining weight and feeding well, is letting him go four hours between feeds ok, if he wants to sleep? Though sometimes he does wake before four hours have past, and i don't let him go longer than four hours, i wake him for a feed at four hours. He has lots of wet and poopy nappies.
phew, that's a relief, thank you. Glad i've got a good baby. It's just after him being admitted to hosp for weight loss, i was a bit worried i was letting him go too long and he may start losing again. But, the nappies seem to indicate he's getting enough, so thats good
sounds exactly like my situation LO was born 4 weeks early and ha to be tube fed with formula topped with expressed BMilk, he is now 9 days old and has been breast feeding exclusively for 4 days but i do worry as he too dropped more than 10% and although he is putting on weight he feeds not for very long and can go a good 3 hours without being interested.
But then i think he is pretty newborn and shouldnt be here yet, feeling is hard work and he wouldnt starve himself. Also weight is going in the right direction so must be doing okay.
Im sure your little one is fine aand its just us that over think it!! x
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