Q:

I am unable to tell how much breastmilk the 10 day old baby has consumed. He sleeps off while feeding and starts crying a few minutes after we put him to sleep. The baby is able to latch on properly but I can't tell if he is swallowing. If I were to give him some top feed (about 20ml) after trying breastfeeding he sleeps peacefully. Is this OK? Trying to maintain a 3 hour feed cycle. Lastly, is it a workable practice to use a breast pump to measure milk and bottle feed baby to see if 30ml is being consumed?



Pallavi

Babies this age generally go off to sleep while drinking milk.. they get tired.. formula milk is slow to digest, that's why it keeps the tummy full for longer time.. whereas breast milk is easily digested. That's why baby gets hungry soon and wakes up.. feed on demand.. 3 hrs is a little too much for a 1 week old baby.. your baby can be on mixed feed.. no issues.. you can pump the milk, but try giving milk through katori chammach.. otherwise he will get used to bottle and refuse your breast.. it's too early and bottle might confuse him.. and it's easier to suck from bottle..

Reeti

Thanks pallavi!! I feed him for good 30-45min but the moment i put him down to sleep he gets up!

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I will! Thanks Ritu

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