I was just wondering what everyone thought about waking newborns every 2 hours during the night to feed them? Some doctors say that they will wake up when they are hungry and NOT to wake them, and some say that you should feed them every 2 hours even if you have to wake them up. I would really prefer to not get up every 2 hours if at all possible. Thoughts? Experiences?
In the hospital we did wake our baby every 2 hours but once we got home and the baby would sleep, let them sleep. WE had nurses in the hospital also giving differing opinions. The olser nurses with kids were saying let them sleep while the younger ones w/o kids would say wake them up. I would say let them sleep as long as they are gaining wt and eating okay. I found they would wake up every few hrs anyways.
When I had my boys, the nurses made me wake them up every 2 hours, and then I just kept doing it when we got home and for MONTHS and MONTHS they woke up every 2 hours. I think this time, I will let them sleep!!!
The one thing I have learned with my daughter is "Never wake a sleeping baby!" If a baby is hungry they will let you know and wake up for a feeding. Unless the baby is not gaining weight or there is other medical reasons for doing so there is no way in H@#$ I am waking my baby every two hours to eat. Just do what works for you and your baby. After about a week you can kinda sense what the schedule is going to be like as far as feedings go.