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Ds is nine days old and he's a good sleeper, but not such a good eater. He seems to feed often in the morning, like once an hour or so for four hours, but then during the day he'll sleep for five hours straight (or more, I have woken him up then). Is five hours too long to let him go? He is nearly impossible to nurse when I wake him up for it (in the hospital I'd pump and then feed him the milk through an SNS because the nurses had me so scared that he'd waste away if I didn't). It seems like I have been feeding him at least eight times a day (wish I was better at keeping track) and he's had plenty of wet and poopy dipes. Should I be worried about this or should I let him sleep?<br><br>
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My son was the same way, and when he wanted to sleep I couldn't wake him up for anything. I was so worried too. But I think as long as he's having plenty of wet diapers he's getting enough to eat.<br>
My son grew out of it pretty quickly, and has been a great eater ever since. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
 

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Hmm, I would think he needs to nurse more - 5 hours is a little long for a baby that little. Eight to twelve times a day nursing is a minimum. He should be nursing at least once every two hours during the day and at least once during the night.<br><br>
Check out these pages from Kellymom:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html" target="_blank">Nursing your newborn - what to expect in the early weeks</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/hunger-cues.html" target="_blank">Hunger cues</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enough-milk.html" target="_blank">Is baby getting enough milk?</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/bf-links-concerns.html#sleepy" target="_blank">Sleepy baby</a><br><br>
It sounds like the nurses were giving you bad advice. Have you seen a lactation consultant or an LLL leader to make sure his latch is OK and that he's gaining properly?<br><br>
Congratulations on your new baby!
 

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I agree with Jane, it's a HUGE benefit and relief to have the help of a Lactation Consultant!<br><br>
Not eating for 5+ hours during the day may not 'nescessarily' be bad for babe, but it can't be good for your milk supply that early on.<br><br>
It can't hurt to get all the facts and glean from the huge BF'ing resources available to you (web, etc), but in the end, you're his mama and you know him better than any one else! Get the facts and then listen to what he and your own instincts are telling you!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Best of luck!
 

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At 9 days, I think 5 hours sleep during the day is too much. I think you did the right thing waking him. Some newborns are just too sleepy. The kellymom links, Jane listed have really good info.<br><br>
My dd was a sleepy one (and had a bad latch) and she lost too much weight at the start. I used to try all sorts of ways to wake her up enough to nurse properly - what worked best was undressing her down to the diaper, baby sit ups (support baby's head and sit them up, then back down, then up.., and when nothing else worked, I'd just put her down and the shock of not being held would sometimes wake her back up. Her weight gain wasn't very good so I couldn't let her sleep that long. It makes feeds take so much longer and you're probably hanging out for sleep yourself but this sleepy phase won't last forever.<br><br>
And congratulations on your new baby!
 
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