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breast feeding times Mandy Schlatterer Due March 27 (girl); 2 kids; New Port Richey, Florida 1644 posts
28th Mar '13

In the hospital the nurse told me to do 10-15 minutes on each side every 2-3 hours.
Now that we're home it's all crazy. She does 10 minutes, then goes 4 hours, then 2 hours later wants 30 minutes..it's all over...is watching the cues really good enough as long as diapers being wet/poo enough indicates so?



I feel so anxious if I feel like she's not getting enough but her diapers seem to say she's fine..



I've been lightly (NOT enough to harm her) giving her toe a squeeze to wake her up enough to eat. It causes her to cry and a nurse suggested it. But should I have to do that much to wake her to eat?



I'm so confused. She eats great when she's on there, but I don't know how to go about making sure she's getting enough.
Schedule, no schedule, keep track, don't? just feed when she cries or shows signs to?
Stressing me out!

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
28th Mar '13

Always feed on demand! It is normal for what you are explaining! Also go by how her diapers are not how long she is nursing and stuff!

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mandy Schlatterer:</b>" In the hospital the nurse told me to do 10-15 minutes on each side every 2-3 hours. Now that we're home ... [snip!] ... she's getting enough. Schedule, no schedule, keep track, don't? just feed when she cries or shows signs to? Stressing me out!"</blockquote>



In have NEVER scheduled or kept track. I nursed on demand and monitored his "output"



I don't wake him to eat either. If he fell asleep nursing I'd pat him gently to stir him, but if he stayed asleep, I just laid him down and let him eat when he wanted.



And if you pinching her toe makes her cry...it IS hurting her.

Chibs 2 kids; Missouri 12147 posts
28th Mar '13

She doesn't need a schedule
Nurse on demand and your body will get used to the production baby needs.
I never woke my son up to nurse and he was fine :)



Even if he wanted to sleep 5 hours straight I was kinda happy lol

Mandy Schlatterer Due March 27 (girl); 2 kids; New Port Richey, Florida 1644 posts
28th Mar '13
Quoting P Pickle Pants:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mandy Schlatterer:</b>" In the hospital the nurse told me to ... [snip!] ... asleep, I just laid him down and let him eat when he wanted. And if you pinching her toe makes her cry...it IS hurting her."


the nurse said
-undress
-wet cloth
-diaper change
-last resort- "toe jostle"



She was serious about keeping time.
I fed her once in between the nurses schedule while in the hospital and she was like "you're not supposed to be feeding her yet.." but she was clearly wanting to!

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mandy Schlatterer:</b>" the nurse said -undress -wet cloth -diaper change -last resort- "toe jostle" She was serious about ... [snip!] ... schedule while in the hospital and she was like "you're not supposed to be feeding her yet.." but she was clearly wanting to!"</blockquote>




That nurse is an idiot.



And if the "toe jostle" makes her cry every time, it hurts.



There is NO reason to schedule/time/chart feelings



There is NO reason to wake a sleeping baby



The ONLY exception to this is if your baby isn't peeing or pooping enough or has failure to thrive. If not, let your mama instincts and baby's cues guide you!!!

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mandy Schlatterer:</b>" the nurse said -undress -wet cloth -diaper change -last resort- "toe jostle" She was serious about ... [snip!] ... schedule while in the hospital and she was like "you're not supposed to be feeding her yet.." but she was clearly wanting to!"</blockquote>



Vanessa's advice was wrong! You should be feeding on demand if she wants to sleep for 4-5 hours let her asleep. Breastfeed on demand. I was told only to track when they are eating and for how long if they're not gaining weight!

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *PeanutButter*:</b>" She doesn't need a schedule Nurse on demand and your body will get used to the production baby needs. ... [snip!] ... needs. I never woke my son up to nurse and he was fine :) Even if he wanted to sleep 5 hours straight I was kinda happy lol"</blockquote>



The only thing I was sad or concerned about when he slept 5hours was my BOOBS! Zomg! Engorged! Then he'd wake up starving and eat til they were empty. Woot! :)

Chibs 2 kids; Missouri 12147 posts
28th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting P Pickle Pants:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting *PeanutButter*:</b>" She doesn't need a schedule Nurse on demand ... [snip!] ... about when he slept 5hours was my BOOBS! Zomg! Engorged! Then he'd wake up starving and eat til they were empty. Woot! :)"</blockquote>




Lol yes. I do not miss engorged boobs



OP your baby will be fine if you nurse on demand. The only thing the nurse sounded right about was switching breasts,it helps to even out the supply and then one boob isn't empty and the other engorged.
I breastfed on demand for 15 months and never had a single issue :)