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Newborn wont eat... MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46778 posts
17th Aug

So LO is 2 days old. We got home this afternoon.
She latched on well at the hospital but was not eating frequently enough. They said to just keep trying to nurse her, wake her up often, offer often... She's only been nursing every 5-6 hours.



I don't know what to do. If I cant get her to eat before bed im going to call the hospital where I delivered.... But is this normal for a 2 day old not to be hungry? She's barely awake at all.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
17th Aug

I believe you said your milk is already in earlier? If that's the case that could be why. How much did she lose before you left?

~Mommy2NuNu~ 17 kids; 福井市, Japan 1511 posts
17th Aug

maybe try waking her by totally undressing and unswaddling her she might be just to comfy to want to wake to eat

Vicki McDonald Due September 28 (boy); 3 kids; Belleville, Ontario 927 posts
17th Aug

How is her output? Is she feeding a lot when she is on? (how long does she nurse for?)

HotMom21ERF Due December 17; 1 child; Kentucky 19642 posts
17th Aug

i would say its pretty normal. shes still exhausted from labor and delivery.

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40235 posts
17th Aug

Is your milk in yet?

Asacia Norris 1 child; Fort Wayne, Indiana 301 posts
18th Aug

First off I would think it's safe to say that no two newborns are the same or is there such a thing as something being "normal" and cohesive to all babies. With that said, how many wet diapers is she having a day? If you milk is in already that could be why she isn't ready to eat so much yet. For the first 3-4 days, sometimes more, all their bellies can hold is the littlest bit of colostrum. I think you are doing what you are supposed to. Feed her on demand unless she is losing too much, not having enough wet diapers, or if your pedi recommends different. When she is hungry she should let you know. If she isn't on the breast, continue to pump so your supply stays up if you plan to EBF. I only EBF for 1 month after delivery and now EFF. Just pay attention to her hunger cues. She will let you know, mama. :)

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
18th Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting Asacia Norris:</b>" First off I would think it's safe to say that no two newborns are the same or is there such a thing as ... [snip!] ... EBF. I only EBF for 1 month after delivery and now EFF. Just pay attention to her hunger cues. She will let you know, mama. :)"</blockquote>




I agree with her except be careful about the pedi part. My sons pedi tried to make me feel like I wasn't producing enough because Brady's growth wasn't in line with a ff baby. And I'm sure as you know bf babies don't grow at the same rate ff babies do. So take the pedis advice and do your own research, and trust your body. Unless she's not peeing, or she's not gaining back at all, she's eating enough. Most babies are still trying to get moms milk in at this point! So that very well could be why she's not nursing as often as "most" babies!

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46778 posts
18th Aug

Yes, my milk is in. I'm super engorged. I tried pumping a bit before feeding her so she would get that hindmilk.



She finally ate last night. She ate around 11pm, woke again at 3am to nurse and then went back to bed until 7am when she nursed again. She ended up nursing AGAIN an hour later... so I think we're good now. She must have just been in a funk or something. I kept trying to wake her and convince her to eat and she wouldn;t. Despite my best efforts she would fall back asleep.