Concerned friend posts on forum asking other mum’s if the advice sounds correct? It sparked concern from mother’s across the globe.
“My cousin just gave birth, baby hasn’t eaten in almost 48 hours. She is being (well trying to be bf) Baby hasn’t latched onto breast at all in almost 48hours. Cousin said her doctor/nurses told her it’s fine, and baby can go up to 5 days without eating right after birth.
I’m not gonna pretend I’m an expert, but this doesn’t seem right to me. Has anyone’s Pedi told them this? Tried to find anything online about it and can’t. I was told by my doctor to not let my son go more than 3-4 hours without eating after he was born, so this just seems odd to me.
Some other info : She is in a “baby friendly” hospital, baby has only had 3 wet diapers in almost 2 days.
I’m not gonna tell her to go against her doctor’s orders, but want to get some other perspective, to know if we should be concerned. (This is her first baby).”
Mother’s were quick to reply encouraging her to speak to the lactation consultant asap or seek another opinion. Some even suggested she offer bub a bottle while her milk comes in. Although that does go against advice from the LC.
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Fed is Best Foundation also shared their concerns about this kind of information saying, “This is the kind of dangerous advice that moms are told at “Baby-Friendly” hospitals. Yet they are never told the complications associated with not supplementing their hungry babies until the complications happen.”
Australian Breastfeeding Assoc says, “Newborns have tiny tummies and so need to feed frequently. For example, for the first couple of days of a newborn’s life, their tummy is about the size of a marble. By day 10 their tummy is about the size of a ping pong ball. Thereafter, their tummy is about the size of their own fist. Feeding frequently in the early weeks helps make sure you have a good milk supply.
Because breastmilk is easily digested, it is common for breastfed babies to feed 8–12 times in a 24-hour period. This usually means that your baby will breastfeed on average every 2–3 hours around the clock (day and night), with possibly one longer stretch (eg up to about 5 hours) between feeds somewhere in a 24-hour period. The length of time between feeds can vary greatly from baby to baby.”
An update on mum and bub reads, “My cousin did end up giving her daughter a bottle last night, as baby was non stop crying. She ate really well. This morning with the LC baby did latch on for a while and was able to drink from the breast, and has been feeding from the breast all day today! Mama and baby are now home and both are doing well.”
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