The extreme growth and development in the first few weeks, as well as the comfort and soothing that your baby receives whilst 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 feedings, so that he/she does not dehydrate.
With 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!
Co-sleeping 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 her baby awake while breastfeeding. If you have some of your own ideas, please share them at the bottom of the page.
Tips on how to wake a sleepy baby for breastfeeding
If your baby is still sleeping while breastfeeding, even after trying all
the above, you can leave him/her to sleep, and breastfeed when he/she wakes.
All babies do sleep a lot in the beginning and many moms worry about this. If your baby is still producing enough dirty and wet diapers, you don’t need to worry.
If you are still concerned that your baby is not drinking enough, you can contact your lactation consultant or paediatrician.
After two weeks you can start to feed your baby when he/she signals to be fed, but babies under two weeks generally need to be woken up for feedings every two hours.
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Wake up baby Not rated yet
Gently blow air in her face with your mouth and the coldness of the air may wake them up. It worked for my baby!
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waking up the baby during light sleep will help,so once baby start moving/making noises/eyes twitching under eyelid ( are indicators of your baby going …
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