Hey all. I had a 34w5d little girl almost 4 weeks ago. She was 5lb 5 oz at birth and when we left the hospital on day 4 she was 4 lb 11 oz. The pedi wasn't concerned because we had a plan. I will weigh her tonight but I am almost positive she is a bit over 6 pounds.
My question. Do I need to continue waking her every three hours through the night or can I start to follow her cues? She is starting to wake more on her own even before my alarms are set which is better than what it was a few weeks ago.
Post by motownthrowdown on Jun 19, 2016 17:28:47 GMT -5
The way it was explained to me was that preemie brains are wired to take sleep over food. They won't always wake up when they are hungry. My daughter would have sttn the day she came home, if we had let her, but then she would have been going 12 hours with no food.
I'd talk to your pediatrician. We woke to feed for maybe a month, and then we dropped a night wake up, adding the volume into her daytime bottles. After another month, we let her wake herself up. She was 2 months adjusted by that point, 5 months chronological.
My boys came home at 38 and 39 weeks and I think the ped approved on demand feeding after a few weeks, but I'm not sure if it was because they hit a certain weight or a certain volume? I'd ask before making any changes
My daughter is 1 week. Which would really be 35+6. My daughter is still in the nicu. Take what I say with a grain of salt. The pediatrician explained that it's really a maturity level to look for to decide when you no longer have to wake them, rather than an actual age. It would be best to consult your pediatrician and get their opinion.
Thanks ladies. I appreciate the input. I have talked to the pedi. He said that 4 hours was long enough and to wake her at that mark. She has been waking on her own about that time anyway. It wasn't until last week when she was 38w gestational age that she started to wake on her own.
I know it's hard to wake a sleeping baby, especially when you are so sleep deprived! I agree that you need to talk to your pediatrician. I would guess that you will still need to wake for now, since she's so small and not quite full term.
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