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should I space out feedings?

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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My LO is 2 1/2 weeks old and has been feeding every 2 hours, which I kno is normal... he has wanted to eat for a good hour and when he is finally done and asleep, its only a half hour from him waking and wanting to eat again. Therefore Im getting no sleep. Should I keep trying to space it out and let him cry? I feel like a bad mom doing that....

Ok thanks ladies, we are co speeping and i guess ill be resting while he nurses. Thanks again!
by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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finnbar
by Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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No. Your milk will dry up overnight! He is just establishing the supply and doing a lot of growing. It seems like all they do is nurse for a few months and then suddenly, it's over.
Emadele
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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No. You should feed on demand for the first year. He's only 2 weeks old. He's still regulating your supply. Also his belly is sooooo tiny and breast milk digests fast. Don't let a baby that young cry if they are hungry. Personally I won't let a baby cry for anything. Always try to figure out what is needed or try to comfort. Sleep deprivation comes with being a parent. Try to sleep when baby takes longer breaks. Or (my personal favorite) co-sleep. Co-sleeping has saved my sanity this time around. Ds2 is a night nurser.

That was a rambling response. Sry.

Married to Russell (7/27/09), Momma to Haydn (5/27/10) and Donavyn (8/1/12).
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM
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Go smash your clocks! No timing of any kind.

jackiewal10
by Silver Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Agree with everyone else.  Never put a BF baby on any kind of schedule. 

Junebaby18
by Nannerz on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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Quoting finnbar:

No. Your milk will dry up overnight! He is just establishing the supply and doing a lot of growing. It seems like all they do is nurse for a few months and then suddenly, it's over.


I agree with everything here EXCEPT for the milk drying up overnight. That's not gonna happen.
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM
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Takes a lot longer than overnight for milk to dry up, unless you take estrogen or remove your breasts. However, everything else you say is right on target.

Quoting finnbar:

No. Your milk will dry up overnight! He is just establishing the supply and doing a lot of growing. It seems like all they do is nurse for a few months and then suddenly, it's over.


Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Jul. 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM
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Yep! And just go by baby's cues. Its best to.nurse when baby shows signs, like rooting or putting hands in mouth.


Quoting gdiamante:

Go smash your clocks! No timing of any kind.


elzmnsf
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 3:34 AM
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And since baby is 2 1/2 weeks now, things are probably about to get more frequent and difficult ... That 3 week growth spurt is coming and it can drive a mom to madness! I suggest you be ready to do nothing but topless bed time for a few days real soon. Someone else can cook and clean. All you will do next week or so is nurse, eat, and hydrate and sleep!
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finnbar
by Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM
ALL her milk won't dry up overnight. However, should she start forcing her newborn to go longer between feeds than he needs, there will be a nearly immediate drop in supply.
I have seen breastfeeding relationships tank in a matter of days when the mother won't put the infant to the breast often enough.


Quoting Junebaby18:

Quoting finnbar:

No. Your milk will dry up overnight! He is just establishing the supply and doing a lot of growing. It seems like all they do is nurse for a few months and then suddenly, it's over.



I agree with everything here EXCEPT for the milk drying up overnight. That's not gonna happen.

finnbar
by Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
Her supply can and probably will drop overnight if she keeps interfering with her infants signals to the breast.
Not enough milk leads to weight loss/slow gain and pretty soon supplementing with formula. Every bottle feed equals even less milk she makes. You can go from full milk production to a trickle in no time at all.


Quoting gdiamante:

Takes a lot longer than overnight for milk to dry up, unless you take estrogen or remove your breasts. However, everything else you say is right on target.

Quoting finnbar:

No. Your milk will dry up overnight! He is just establishing the supply and doing a lot of growing. It seems like all they do is nurse for a few months and then suddenly, it's over.



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