I have seen it all! Yes I have seen so many new parents want to feed their breastfeeding babies, are afraid to wake them up to feed. Even the new dads are afraid to wake up their newborns. Its time for your baby to feed but you do not know how to wake baby up. Time for feeding is very important for breastfeeding or formula fed babies. Or you may be breastfeeding your baby and baby keeps falling asleep. I will help you out today by helping you to understand why this happens and some great tips on how you can get great results. Paid link)
WHY ARE NEWBORNS SO DROWSY DURING THE FIRST WEEK?
When they’re very young, newborns and infants can be sleepy for many reasons, and it’s normal for your child to be drowsy for some of their feedings. Just after birth, your baby may be tired or still affected by the medications that you were given during labor and delivery. Plus, some newborns just like to sleep a lot. Medications for pain and sedation often cause this in newborns. Additionally, for some babies. the birth experience can also be a bit too much.
As the weeks go on, you will be able to let your child sleep for longer periods of time between feedings. At approximately two weeks of age, your baby may have one long stretch of sleep each day of up to five hours (at night, if you are lucky), where you don’t have to wake them for feeding.(Paid link).
After two months, your baby will most likely be able to sleep as much as they want between feedings. Just be sure they are breastfeeding about eight to 10 times a day and gaining weight well.
I had four babies and I never thought that a sleeping baby could be so hard at times to wake. While working in the hospital, I observed some mothers trying to breastfeed their sleeping babies. You know it never works. Let me give you some easy tips to help you along. Mamas and Dadas, you do not have to be afraid to touch your baby.
Tips to wake your little star for breastfeeding
- Dim the lights: A baby’s eyes are sensitive to bright light. Little ones may be more likely to open their eyes and wake up in a darker room.
- Practice skin to skin. Let baby immerse in the oxytocin limelight; looking at you, smelling your milk , and listening to your heartbeat. Practice as often as possible.
- Put your baby to your breast: The natural rooting reflex that your baby is born with may get them eating even if they are sleepy. You can also try to express a few drops of your breast milk onto your baby’s mouth. The smell and taste of your breast milk may help to get your baby sucking.
- Stroke your baby’s cheek: If you can get your child latched on but they still aren’t eating, stroke their cheek to help get them nursing.
- Change breastfeeding positions: Moving your child to a different breastfeeding position might help to wake them up. Try the side-lying position, football hold, or laid-back nursing position.
- Avoid using a pacifier: Using a pacifier can keep your child sleeping longer, and it can prevent you from realizing that your baby is hungry. While it’s OK for breastfed babies to use a pacifier, wait until the child is approximately 4 to 6 weeks old and breastfeeding is going well before introducing it.
- Unwrap your baby: Remove your child’s blankets and even undress them so that they aren’t so warm and comfortable. However, keep in mind that babies lose body heat very quickly. So do not keep your child undressed in a cold room.
- Change your baby’s diaper: The movement and feeling of a diaper change are often enough to get a baby up and ready to eat. (Paid link)
- Grab a washcloth: Gently wipe your child’s face with a wet washcloth.
- Try a bath: The feel of the water and the change in temperature might do the trick.
- Burp your baby: Patting and rubbing your baby’s back can help to wake them up. Burping also removes any air trapped in your child’s stomach that may be making them feel full or uncomfortable (and not interested in eating).
- Touch your baby: Ease your child out of their sleepy state by tickling their feet or gently rubbing their arms, legs, and back.
- Talk to your child: Just hearing your voice might be enough to wake your baby.
When should I become concerned?
Infant jaundice, illness, infections, or other issues can cause sleepiness in infants beyond what is normal. If you believe your baby is excessively sleepy, or you’re having trouble waking your baby for most feedings, notify your child’s pediatrician right away.
The fact of the matter is some babies are hard to wake . We see that there are many reasons for this. Many new Mamas experience their babies being very hard to wake up when it is time to breastfeed. I have provided you with many tips to help you out. I hope something works for you and your little star. The first 15 minutes while feeding every mom should aim as much as possible to keep baby awake. This can be done by simply motivating baby , rubbing her hair, talking to her, play with her until her eyes open and reattach to the breast. Thanks for stopping by today and do visit again. If you had issues with waking your baby up please let me know what works for you.
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