• Jaundice causes lethargy. The phototherapy treatment that is given to treat jaundice can cause extra grogginess in baby.
• Mom and/or baby are ill or have health problems.
Baby is not taking in enough milk due to feeding problems or low milk
supply. This can cause baby to become weak and therefore sleepy.
• Baby is in an overstimulated environment.
• Separation of Mom and baby after birth can cause prolonged crying and fatigue.
Signs that your Baby is Unusually Sleepy
• Baby does not wake up often enough for feeds. Baby is also not woken up easily.
• Baby falls asleep very soon after latching on.
• Baby has low urine output, less bowel movements than expected and is gaining weight very slowly or not at all.
• Mom may become engorged due to baby not removing enough milk from the breasts.
• If baby sleeps with his/her eyes tightly shut, with a tense facial expression and is flushed or pale in the face, it could indicate that baby is overstimulated.
• Try to feed baby in a quiet, dim lit room that is in a calm environment.
• Breastfeed on demand. Feed baby as often as possible. Stay as close to baby as possible, consider using a baby sling for breastfeeding and closeness. Babies who are held close to Mom, breastfeed more often.