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#1 of 5 Old 06-13-2012, 07:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DD is 6 days old. She had to stay in the hospital a couple extra days b/c she lost a lot of weight the first day (10.6% -she started at 4lbs 1oz) and they wanted her weight back up & to see she could keep it up out of the isolette. We brought her home today. At the hospital she was nursing for up to half an hour every 3 hours (or less if she woke up before that), and the majority of the time she nursed the full half hour, sometimes went over a little, and then they would give her however much more pumped breast milk she would take (usually not much). So far this afternoon/evening she hasn't nursed more then 5-10 min, usually just on one side, and then kind of drifting off. My milk is coming in like gang busters, though, so I'm wondering if they just don't need to nurse as long when that happens. Obviously I will be keeping a close eye on her diapers the next couple of days, but in the mean time I'm just wondering if others do this as well.
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I would be encouraging her to eat as much as possible personally.  Trying to keep her awake and nursing longer.  When she starts to drift off switch sides and try to get her to latch again.  Do breast compressions to get her a jet of milk and hopefully wake her up and get her drinking again.  I'd also be offering her the breast pretty much any time she even thought about getting restless or showing any kind of hunger cues. (sucking motions, hand in mouth, rooting etc.)

 

Are you still pumping and supplementing with a bottle?


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My son nursed for hours to get milk milk established. Then he nursed for like 5 minutes at a time. So yes, it happened to me. But he was eating quite frequently, about every hour or so.

 

Put your baby on the breast whenever she'll eat and you should be good.

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Thanks! That night she started going longer without falling asleep, and we got done just now with a 2 hour nursing session, so maybe she was just tired after coming home from the hospital. I brought her in for a weight check this morning and she's gained 5 oz in the last 2 days, so I guess whatever she's doing it's working for her! And no, we haven't been supplementing since we've been home. Since there isn't really any reason to keep her nursing sessions short (as when they were minimizing her time outside the isolette), there didn't seem to be much point.
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Glad to hear it's going well and she's gaining!


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