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We have a very big 2.5 week old baby. He was over 10lbs at birth, and was born at one day short of 42w. This is our first, so we are a little terrified.

I nurse him on demand during the day. He has been gaining weight nicely and has plenty of wet and dirty diapers.

Here is my dilemma... He is willing and able to sleep 6 hrs starting at 8pm. His dr is adamant about feeding at least every 3 hrs. (On average, he nurses every 2 hrs). I'm of the opinion that letting him sleep is fine. Do you know of any medical reason to follow dr's orders?
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Our doc told us the same thing, except you could allow for one 4-5 hour stretch at night, and so long as you knew babe would eat at least 8 times in 24 hours. We had a peanut compared to yours (6 lb. 4 oz.) but we followed the doc's advice until she had established a solid pattern of weight gain. Have you gone for a weight check yet? I'd let that guide my decision.

We were in your shoes 6 months ago, and it gets so much better! Hang in there mama, you are doing great!

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The benchmark I know for waking a sleeping baby is birthweight. If he has regained his birthweight then you can let him sleep. It sounds like he is gaining beautifully. Unless there are gain or supply issues, I'd definitely go with feeding on demand. Congratulations!

ETA: Kat mentioned making sure he has at least 8 feeds a day and that's very important - as much for your supply as his gain. You can always add in a quick pump or hand expression right before you go to bed if you feel your supply could use a boost. It's probably not necessary but I err on the side of caution with supply.
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He regained birth weight within 1st week and feeds at least 8x a day (more like 12x).
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Then let him sleep and enjoy your rest. He and the nursing pattern sound great!
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Skycheat: thank you
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Very welcome Cardigan! Congrats on such a strong little dude smile.gif
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Let him sleep! If he's nursing fine during the day and gaining fine, then don't fix what isn't broken.

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Let him STTN...it may not last!

 

If weight gain slows or you feel your supply is taking a hit, start dream feeding.


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How do you do a dream feed? Do babies latch without waking?
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They totally do! Stick your nipple on his lip and I bet he'll latch on!

Still, I'm inclined to not to wake him. Do it for us! I haven't slept longer that 5 hours straight in 21 months.
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