The extreme growth and development in the first few weeks, as well as the comfort and soothing that your baby receives while breastfeeding, can sometimes make it difficult for a baby to stay awake.
A baby that is under two weeks of age will need to be woken at least every two hours for feeding so that he/she does not dehydrate.
each feeding, your baby should be actively sucking and swallowing for at
least 20 minutes. A mother also needs to keep to this, so that her own milk
supply does not decrease. Remember, the more you breastfeed, the more milk you
will start to produce.
The first few weeks of breastfeeding, are sometimes tough… it does get easier!
at night can help when breastfeeding a sleepy baby, and will allow your baby to nurse whenever he/she wants to.
Watch the video above on “tips for baby sleeping while breastfeeding”
There are so many things that Mom can do to help keep Baby awake
while breastfeeding. If you have some ideas, please share them at
the bottom of the page.
Baby Keeps Sleeping when Breastfeeding ~ Sleepy Newborn Breastfeeding Tips
Tips on how to wake a sleepy baby for breastfeeding
- Act as though you are going to remove your nipple from Baby’s mouth, or put your finger between your breast and his/her mouth to break the suction. This will usually encourage your baby to suck again.
- Dribble some milk into the corner of your baby’s mouth with a syringe or dropper to encourage him to start sucking again.