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pwbattist's picture
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Help?

How in the world do you keep a sleepy baby awake when trying to breastfeed? As soon as this guy hits the breast, he falls asleep and completely forgets that he was hungry. I've tried cold washclothes, moving him about, jostling his arms and legs, blowing on him, undressing him, redressing him, changing him, and he still sleeps like a log. Thanks.

Joined: 09/30/10
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How many days old is he? I have read that it's normal for the first few days to suckle and fall asleep. Is he getting any milk at all? How about a change in position? Would that make any difference? Or putting him to the breast as soon as he wakes from a sleep?

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Joined: 05/27/10
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Have you had his jaundice levels checked? High levels of jaundice can cause very sleepy babies who don't want to eat, which just makes the problem worse. Dd1 was a very sleepy girl for her first few weeks, and I had to nurse while she wore just a diaper and stroking her to keep her awake.

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Officially 7 days

He will be officially a week old today at 6:53. Biggrin He has been eating pretty well the past three days. It took forever for my milk to come in. It didn't come in until late Thursday, early Friday. His bilirubin is great. He's just a sleepy baby. I also wonder if we might be keeping him too warm. We put him in a onesie or diaper t during the day and we swaddle him. We keep the house around 75 degrees. When I take him out of his clothes to rouse him, he feels very warm and his skin is pink, but he doesn't feel sweaty. Any thoughts?

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Feel the back of his neck, if he's too warm he'll be hot/sweaty back there. As long as he's peeing/pooping enough I wouldn't worry too much ... he should be having 6+ heavy (as in you can tell he's peed in the diaper, not just relying on the wetness inicator) wet, and at least 2 poos, at least the size of his palm. If he's got a good latch and sucks well, and you have a strong flow, it really doesn't take that long to fill his tummy.

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My son does the exact same thing. Then he wakes up half hour later hungry again. I just keep tickling and poking him and talking loud to him. It doesnt always work though. It helps if he goes at least 2 hours between feedings or more. Then he is genuinely hungry, not just wanting his sucking fix. Try using a binkie in between feedings maybe.
My son gets very warm too. Have you taken his temp? Does he breath fast/heavy, my son does. Just so they arent doing that for a long period of time my Pedi said not to worry. Just undress him some if he starts breathing fast or seems hot.