Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Isis | 2009-09-23


new baby - sleeping/feeding at night

Dear Doc

I have 2 and a half week old baby girl. I am breastfeeding her and she has a dirty nappy at every feed (it' s mostly just a small amount) and seems to have an adequate number of wet nappies (i use pampers so it' s a bit difficult to tell exactly but she wee' s on me often enough at nappy changes :)). She seems to be growing well, she has long periods when she is awake during the day, and during that time is alert.

My question is that i am worried about her sleeping too long at night without feeding (i know, every parents dream but i don' t think it should be happening just yet, i feel she is still too small for this to be normal or healthy).

Her typical feeding pattern in the last 24 hours from Monday morning has been as follows (until the last few days, she would feed every 3-5 hours, with most being 4 hourly):
Monday - 2am, 6am, 8:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5pm, 8pm, and then i woke her up at 03:40 this morning for a feed when i woke up and realised the time and that she still hadn' t eaten and was worried. Her next feed after that was around 7am this morning.

Am i supposed to leave her to wake by herself at night, no matter how long it may be, or am i supposed to wake her if she doesn t wake up? When she does feed she empties both breasts and feeds well, she is not lazy but can be a sleepy towards the end of the feed on the 2nd breast. She drinks for between 15-20 minutes on each side, i let her carry on until she stops by herself.

Please advise what i need to do re her sleeping so long at night!

thanks so much!

Expert's Reply



You do not need to do anything. Your baby is doing really well and is feeding on demand but is so content that she is able to sleep for long periods through the night. Her wet nappies, normal stools and weight gain all point to the fact that she is doing well.

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Posted by: andy | 2009-09-23

To me it all sounds normal, had the same experience with my boy who is now 6months. But lets hear what the paed says.

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