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.
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 her baby awake
while breastfeeding. If you have some of your own 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
Pretend as though you are going to remove your nipple from your 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/her to start sucking again.
to get the milk to flow faster while breastfeeding. This should encourage your baby to start suckling again.
Use a wet face cloth and wipe your baby’s head, tummy or feet with it.
Switch breasts when your baby starts to fall asleep.