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  • 'Should I Wake Baby Up To Feed?' Pediatrician And Sleep Specialist Explain What To Do

    It depends on your baby's age and health.
    by Rachel Perez .
'Should I Wake Baby Up To Feed?' Pediatrician And Sleep Specialist Explain What To Do
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  • Congratulations on welcoming your new baby! It’s the start of a new journey, and an endless list of questions you may have about caring and raising your little one. By now, you’re getting the hang of breastfeeding. It’s not as easy as you see in photos, but many moms who have done it swear that it will get better.

    Your pediatrician advised you to feed on demand, meaning whenever your baby is hungry. It’s also essential to track your little one’s eating, sleeping, peeing, and pooping habits. This may help your doctor assess his growth and development during your well-baby checkups. 

    Moms from our online community often ask: My baby is still sleeping, but it’s time for his feeding. Should I wake him up to feed? We understand where you’re coming from.

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    On the one hand, you want to ensure that your baby is getting enough nourishment that he needs to grow healthy. You don't want your baby to miss his feeding time. 

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    But then, on the other hand, you’re a bit relieved that your baby is sleeping longer. Newborns really just eat and sleep every two to three hours during the first few weeks or months of life. It’s because their stomachs as so tiny that they get full and get hungry immediately. Those two-hour intervals really don’t give you proper shut-eye.

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    We tackled this question during the first episode of our How Po series entitled, “Protect Your Newborn.” Child behavior specialist Ria Campos Lopez and pediatrician Dr. Faith Alcazaren-Buenaventura of Stratum Health Partners explained when to wake your baby to feed and when to prioritize sleep. We know you need rest, too!

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    Waking up your baby to feed or not depends on your baby’s age and health. It’s absolutely crucial since newborns need to feed every two to three hours. You can gently rouse them up so you can offer the breast and feed him. 

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    Watch our experts guide you on what to do about sleeping through feeding times below. 

    Watch the full episode of here. To know more about Stratum Health Partners, visit bit.ly/stratumhealth or follow them on Instagram and Facebook @stratumhealthpartners.

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