Please direct me to someone for advice

[name]Xanthe[/name] is a very sleepy baby, she is not very interested in feeding, can someone direct me to a site that gives advice on this kind of problem?

[name]How[/name] old is she? and by sleepy and not interesting in eating do you men she will only eat a little bit, and then sleep or she is not eatign at all?

She is 13 days old and she sleeps a lot and yesterday when mother expressed milk she only took 50mls instead of expected 100mls. She prefers sleeping to eating.

[name]Hi[/name], [name]Rollo[/name]!

I think it would be best for your daughter ([name]Jacquelyn[/name], is it?) to contact [name]Xanthe[/name]'s doctor about this problem. Obviously, young babies are unpredictable in their sleeping and eating patterns, but considering she’s already been through this with [name]Chloe[/name] and you’ve been through it as a mother, too, yet you think something is off, maybe there is something up with Miss [name]Xanthe[/name].

Is she sleeping through feedings or continually having to be waked for feedings, or is she just showing a decreased appetite? Either way, I’d check in with the pediatrician just to make sure everything is fine. A doctor’s advice will be better than anything you find on a website, anyway.

Good luck! I hope [name]Xanthe[/name] is doing well, otherwise!

[name]Lemon[/name] :slight_smile:

Has this been ongoing? Or was it a one time thing? Also sometimes when children (babies especially) go through growth spurts instead of wanting to eat a lot, they want to sleep and see no need to eat. This doesn’t need to be alarming as long as it is not happening continuously and the baby is still urinating and producing bowel movements normally. . However if it is happening continuously and the child is not using the bathroom normally then i recommend seeing/calling your local physician to ask for advice and what is normal and not normal. [name]Hope[/name] that helps! Good [name]Luck[/name]!

[name]Hi[/name] devinjes

Thanks for your interest. [name]Xanthe[/name] was weighed yesterday and she has put on only 65grams, however, they are going to see the children’s nurse at the hospital today, so I am hoping that they will be able to find out how to overcome the problem.

I will update you as I find out the info. It is good that she has put on some weight but still worrying that it is not as much as is desirable. Hopefully, this is just a hiccup and it will be overcome shortly.

Thanks again, all the best,

rollo

Thanks lemon great advice, hopefully [name]Xanthe[/name] can start feeding better very soon.

[name]Rollo[/name],
Well putting on weight it always good, even its smaller then the typically desired amount. I would say they will probably want to monitor her feeding habits, to help understand if there is any real problem, or just as you put it, a small hiccup. All children are different, so it could just [name]Xanthe[/name]'s preference to not eat very much right now, I would worry to much over it right now, because the real problem isn’t until she stops gaining weight and starts loosing it.

  I'm sure all if fine, and even if there is a small problem, which seems doubtful, almost all of these problems nowadays are fixable, medical science has com a long way and can fix many incredible things. Keep us posted:) Thanks for the update i thought about little [name]Xanthe[/name] in class today and was wondering.

Best of [name]Luck[/name],
Devinjes ([name]Jessica[/name])

Thanks [name]Jessica[/name]

[name]Little[/name] [name]Xanthe[/name] is petite, everyone says so, but the special nurse they see at the hospital feels that the problem may be a latching on one combined with [name]Xanthe[/name] being an undemanding baby. As you said they don’t have to worry unless she loses weight and this week’s gain was 50g when weighed today.

So, [name]Jacquelyn[/name] has the demanding two hour feed schedule and the expressing regime so that her body thinks she is feeding and therefore continues to make milk.

Hopefully by next week little [name]Xanthe[/name] may put on more weight and latch on better.

Overall after the expert advice they received today we all feel more relaxed, so that is a good thing.

Well that is great news! Because most feeding/latching problems can be corrected one way or another. I am glad that you and [name]Jacquelyn[/name] are feeling a little less stressed. Its good that they put her on a feeding schedule, because maybe [name]Xanthe[/name] was just having an off week or so, because weight gain is always good:) I’ll pray for her to become more interested in feeding and to gain more weight:) I know some babies dont really get how to latch or correctly breast feed, so they need to learn, maybe she just needs some help, Good [name]Luck[/name] again!

Well that is great news! Because most feeding/latching problems can be corrected one way or another. I am glad that you and [name]Jacquelyn[/name] are feeling a little less stressed. Its good that they put her on a feeding schedule, because maybe [name]Xanthe[/name] was just having an off week or so, because weight gain is always good:) I’ll pray for her to become more interested in feeding and to gain more weight:) I know some babies dont really get how to latch or correctly breast feed, so they need to learn, maybe she just needs some help, Good [name]Luck[/name] again![/quote]

[name]Jessica[/name] thanks so much for your support thanks for your prayers and hopefully our little girl will turn the corner and that it won’t be long before we are all smiling again.

[name]Hi[/name] rollo!

I’ve only just noticed this thread and I hope your little g/daughter is feeding a little better now. It sounds as if her mother has already taken some professional advice.
Some babies are naturally sleepier than others and will need to be stimulated a bit more to feed. It can help to strip some of their clothes off because if they are very warm it can make them even more dozy. It can also help to put them down on the sofa/ mat if they start to fall asleep mid feed at this age. Otherwise, they make just taken a tiny amount and be hungry an hour later.
The main way to judge whether or not a baby is taking enough milk is by a consistent weight gain and by regular wet/dirty nappies. If there is concern about this, I’m sure your health professional will arrange to see her a little more often.
The only other thing I wasn’t sure about was why your daughter is expressing feeds. I’m assuming it is because [name]Xanthe[/name] isn’t latching on well. If this is the case, she should try to get some help and advice from a breast feeding counsellor or someone with specialist breast feeding knowledge. This way she should be able to feed the baby direct from the breast which would be much nicer for her and safe all that fiddling around with expressing equipment!
In the UK, things work a little differently for new mothers. We have community midwives who visit the mother at home up to 10 days post partum. Then the health visitor takes over and the new mother can take any concerns to her or her own general practitioner quite easily. There is therefore quite a lot of support. I’m not sure how things work where you a from.
Anyway, I do hope that [name]Xanthe[/name] is feeding a little better and that this little bit of advice helps :slight_smile:

Thank you mummyto3 for your detailed and helpful advice.

[name]Jacquelyn[/name] is expressing because [name]Xanthe[/name] is not taking enough milk at each feed and I think the idea is that if baby hasn’t taken enough that it is important for mother to express so that her milk supply keeps up.

Sometimes my daughter has to take off baby’s nappy after the first breast to wake her up enough to take the other breast. I think she knows all the strategies to try and keep baby awake but I suppose that baby doesn’t always cooperate enough by sucking long enough before deciding it is easier to go to sleep.

At the private clinic the mother pays to have a consultation with the specialist nurse and [name]Jacquelyn[/name] finds this very helpful, and she did this with her first one too. The nurse is always available via phone for anything that may be worrying the mothers.

I think that there is a community nurse available but my daughter prefers the one in the private system. I am pretty fuzzy on all the details because they didn’t have this system when I was a young mother.

It is good to know that there are women across the world who are willing to share their expertise and help when needed.

Many thanks and all the best.