Two week check-up and b/f update

Jen_CJanuary 17, 2002

I'd like to start by saying thanks for everyone's words of encouragement on my crying to sleep post. They really helped me to stop beating myself up. Things are going much better for us. In fact, we went to her 2 week check-up yesterday and the dr. said I was doing too good of a job (said with a smile!) My little girl was born at 7 lbs-12oz, left the hospital at 7 lbs-3 oz, and weighed in at 8 lbs-13 oz at 12 days old!!! That's a gain of 2.5 oz/day and he said they hope to see 0.5-1 oz/day! Yeah! So, he told me not to worry about waking her to eat every 3 hours b/c she's past that point and to let her decide when she's hungry! My lactation consultant agreed and assured me DD would wake and let me know when she was hungry!!!

Since then, things have gone so smoothly! Yes, she was up wide awake from 10-midnight last night, but then she slept peacefully through the night until 9:30 this morning (waking on her own to eat after no more than 3.5 hours at a time, then falling back to sleep). Let's hope last night was not just a fluke!!!

Thanks again everyone. I feel so much more relaxed now, and I'm pretty sure DD can tell.


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Congratulations! It sounds like your daughter is gaining weight very well. My babies always fattened up really quick, too. They were both over their birth weight by the 2 week check-up, much to the amazement of their doctors.

And congratulations on the sleep, too. I'm glad she's figured out that night-time is for sleeping. It makes a big difference, doesn't it! :)


    Bookmark   January 17, 2002 at 5:07PM
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That is great! See, things do get better!! ;-)

    Bookmark   January 17, 2002 at 10:26PM
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Great, Jen! I wrote a note at the bottom of your crying-to-sleep thread about the "every 2 hours" "rule"--I got myself in hysterics bcs my baby ate every 4 hours (and my lactation instructor had said "feed them every 2 hours). Like clockwork; you could set your watch by this baby. And she gained and gained and gained. And slept and slept and slept. And ate and ate and ate--every 4 hours.

I wish people would stop pushing that "rule" as a hard-and-fast thing you MUST achieve and instead use it to warn moms to be prepared and not to panic if those closely spaced feedings happen. And instead teach moms to rely on the TRUE signals:
can your baby tell you she's hungry?
do you feel your breasts get full of milk before a feeding, and then feel softer after a feeding?
can you see or hear your baby suck and swallow?
how are diapers?
is it clear your baby is sated when she's done eating?

All those things, and others, are MUCH more valuable guidelines than "babies need to eat every 2-3 hours, day and night."

Congrats on that long night-time sleep. That's also a sign that she's getting plenty to eat and growing well--she has the physical stamina and the caloric reserves to hold out until morning. And that long sleep will actually help her grow, as well.

My baby slept 8 hours at a stretch when home from the hospital, and never stopped. I had to shift the timing of her sleep to be more mommy-friendly (enough of 3am to 11am!). But a good, long, healthy sleep is certainly possible even at this young age.

Nothing like a little experience to make us relax, huh?

Happy baby!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2002 at 12:28PM
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