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Old 03-01-08, 04:31 PM
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Question Should I do something different?

Preston is breastfeeding in block type of schedules. Basically he nurses like crazy for a good 3-4 hours until finally falling asleep and staying asleep. If he isn't nursing he's crying. Once he finally gets himself in a good enough sleep he sleeps really well for about 4 hours, then we start the cycle again. When do I try to get him to eat every 2-3 hours and sleep in between? I know he doesn't know the difference between night and day so he's up a lot during the late evening/night as well. Any thoughts? Thanks tons everyone.
 
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Old 03-01-08, 04:55 PM
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I was told as to nurse every 2-3 hours for 15-20 min on each side, and also to never to let him go more then 4 hours between feedings during the first month or so.
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I'd say give it a week and follow his cues-- he's so new, you're adjusting to getting milk in ,etc.... so everything is still falling into place.

once he poops and feels better- then I would try and get him to go 2 hrs or so between--right after he eats, try and get him to sleep and stay asleep after changing his diaper and making sure you get a good burp out of him....

my ped said as long as they have reached their birth weight and are over 6 lbs to let them sleep as long as they want at night, and wake them after 3-4 hrs during the day.... newborns will need to nurse 7-8 times a day and will make up for it at night if they dont get enough during the day.....

luckily L is eating every 2-4 hrs during the day-- and giving me a bot of a stretch at night-- but I remember the first few days at home were tough-- everything is falling into place.....
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it it were me, I'd definately do something different.

I'd be out looking for a pacifier that he'd accept. Sometimes, you have to go thru a TON of styles before you find one that is exceptable but you will find one. Also, don't expect him to be able to keep it in his mouth. He doesn't have the suck power yet to keep it in the mouth on his own so you'll have to hold it to his face.

He's too young for it to be colic but he's not too old to have gas.
So make sure you're not eating stuff that would make him gassy and for sure make sure that his poop issues have been resolved.
AFTER that, then you can start working on the nursing schedule.
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Old 03-01-08, 09:33 PM
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Thanks tons everyone.
 
I'm just gonna let him do his thing for a bit more until I know his tummy is doing better. On the plus side - he pooped twice today so hopefully he'll have all that yucky stuff out by tomorrow.

Karen - you know what's funny, we bought every pacifier out there.
 
I have a huge bin full of them and the little stinker hates them all. We hold them in for him, but he gets VERY mad and extremely worked up. So I'll give him a bit longer to adjust to life and hopefully one of those paci's will interest him soon!
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