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Old 06-04-2011, 11:57 PM   #11
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Re: waking a newborn to eat

Both my boys were small, and jaundiced when they were born.....so we woke them up to feed every three hours. At night, with my second I was comfortable with one 4-5 hour stretch but that was it.
I was very worried about dehydration and weight loss as they were small to start and lost right away. It was very very difficult to wake them up, cold cloths, undressing them, touching the bottom of their feet.....it was hard to do and I struggled with the decision, but in the end really wanted the jaundice to clear and them to EAT! My milk was a non issue as I had TONS and it was readily available for them - they were just too sleepy to eat!

I have not done any research into this, I just know both times LLL and my doc encouraged my newborns to eat every 2-3 hours.

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