Breastfeeding can set the stage for falling asleep while breastfeeding. This can pose a problem with breastfeeding because they might not wake enough to take full feedings. Keeping them awake while breastfeeding is key to getting them to eat enough. .
The most common reasons a baby might fall asleep on the breast are they’re tired, overstimulated, or their tummy is nice and full.
Remember, feeding sessions should last about 20 minutes.
If they drift off around or beyond that time limit, you shouldn’t be concerned unless they’re showing signs of illness, weight loss, or dehydration.
Every mother wants to know that after a feed their little star is satisfied. Did you know that there is a reason for this :
According to a study, there’s a hormone released while breastfeeding called cholecystokinin (or CCK) that naturally makes them feel full and drowsy. And the younger the infant is, the higher the concentrations of CCK is released in their body.
The times are rough estimates because your milk flow sets your baby’s pace.
Slower flow can cause your baby to sleep, and you might need to manually manipulate your breast to increase it.
A faster flow can leave your baby satiated in less time, which then can lull them to sleep. Keep breast flow going with encouraging baby to always breastfeed at first while at the breast. Try breastfeeding both breasts first for at least 10 minutes and if baby still does not want it, give baby breastmilk or formula if not taking breast. Pump every 2-3 hours or 8times per day to keep stimulating breasts to make more milk.
Tips and tricks for keeping baby awake while breastfeeding
- Wet a washcloth with lukewarm water and rub it on their face or along their hairline.
- Do breast massages while feeding to encourage them to feed longer.
- Run your fingers gently along their cheek or foot.
- Switch breasts as soon as you notice baby stops actively suckling and begins to trail off.
- Breastfeed in the “football” hold.
- Walk your fingers up baby’s spine.
- Tickle their lower lip to encourage them to latch.
- Feed your baby as soon as they wake.
- Unwrap the baby from their blanket.
- Express some milk into their mouth.
- Lay them down on a flat, firm surface.
- Bathe them.
- Stroke your baby’s cheek if they’re latched but not actively nursing.
- Move their arms and legs in a bicycling motion.
- Talk to your baby!
After trying a few tips, express milk for your baby if they’re still not responding. You can use hand expression or your pump.
Also, be sure to closely monitor their pee and poop output and weight gain to make sure they’re consistently getting enough to eat.
Mamas, observe your baby’s soiled nappies closely?
Mamas, it is important for you to observe your baby’s soiled diapers to determine if your little star is getting enough.
Keep track of your baby’s diapers. Mark how many pee and poop diapers you change each day.
Don’t worry too much about the poop consistency unless the stools are hard, dry, or difficult to pass.
Bowel frequency can vary too and depends on your baby’s age. Breastfed babies can produce one to six bowel movements a day.
If your baby produces more than 12 bowel movements, call your pediatrician.
Another concern is diarrhea, which could be a sign of an intolerance or allergy. Food allergies can cause excessive sleepiness in babies, children, and adults.
This makes it a cause and symptom to explain why your baby keeps drifting off.
Finding the culprit isn’t easy, but once you do, you’ll solve how to keep baby awake during breastfeeding with one small change.
Urination will occur more frequently, and you should expect at least six wet diapers a day. Any less could be a cause for concern.
It should not have a strong or offensive odor, and the color should be on the pale side. Dark urine can be a sign of dehydration.
Concerned that your little star is not gaining weight
- After the first few weeks, your baby should gain about 6 ounces per week.
- Don’t be alarmed if your baby is a little over or under as this is a rough estimate for exclusively breastfed babies.
- Some babies grow slower or faster too, and your genetics do play a role.
- Most weighing occurs at the doctor’s office. Your pediatrician will most likely show you your baby’s growth on a curving percentile chart.
- They look at the curve and individual history more than the actual numbers since each child is different.
- As long as you’re making your well visit checkups, your doctor should catch weight-related issues.
- However, don’t hesitate to make an appointment if you notice your child isn’t nursing normally, having fewer stools and/or urine diapers, or visibly losing weight.
Are you concerned about your milk drying up?
I know this can be a concern for both you and your baby. Maybe your infant is sleeping more, and it’s temporary.
A dwindling milk supply that isn’t addressed quickly might force you to supplement formula.
Pumping is another alternative to supplementing. After your baby falls asleep, you pump what remains and store it properly.
This enables your body to continue producing an adequate supply and provides you with breast milk on demand should your baby need it.
More Best tips to keep baby awake while feeding
The change might be enough to stop them from sleeping. Try these tips to wake your baby if feeding sessions end before 20 minutes.
Change their Diaper:
Like above, when they show signs of sleepiness, or irritability get up and check their diaper.
Play Stimulating Music: This might not work for all babies.
Choose higher tempo music!
play at a comfortable but loud enough to keep your baby awake.
Change Feeding Position:
Some feeding techniques are more sleep-inducing than others are.
Try a laid-back approach.
Lay back on a couch, recliner, or in bed on your back. Place your baby so their tummy is on yours.
Break the Suction:
This can encourage a baby to suckle again. Simply use your finger to gently pry their mouth free.
Wipe Baby Down:
Using a dampened, warm washcloth, wipe down your baby from head to toe.
The cool air and stimulation might be enough to wake up your baby.
Give baby a bath can also help.
If you notice your baby drifting off, take the time to change them to your other breast.
Keeping your baby awake while breastfeeding can be a concern for you Mamas. I know. If none of the tips help you consider seeing your pediatrician to answer your concerns. Thank you for stopping by today and do visit again. Feel free to comment below. If you are a new mom or mom to be , accept my gift to you by checking out this link for :
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