Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Waking a Sleepy Newborn

on June 2, 2014

 

If your newborn sleeps longer than three hours at a stretch, but

• You had no birth medications

• Your baby stays in physical contact with you

• He feeds well when he feeds

• His diapers are on track.  Read more here.

that’s probably just who he is. Keep an eye on his poopy diapers and his weight.

 

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If he’s not gaining well and he sleeps more than three hours at a stretch, aim for at least ten nursings each day until he wakes on his own and has at least four good poopy diapers each day.

It will be easier to wake him to feed if you see some feeding cues (Read more here).  If he’s sleeping and you try to lift his arm and it drops like a rock when you let it go, he’ll be hard to wake. Try again in twenty minutes. Things to try:

• Dim the lights, pull the drapes. It’s easier if he doesn’t have to squint.

• Undress him partially or completely. Put him on your chest.

• Stroke him and call his name. Rub his feet.

• Lay him down and roll him gently from all the way on one side to all the way on his other side.

• Hold him along your forearms, head in your hands, feet at your elbows, and lift him from nearly horizontal to nearly vertical and back, as you talk to him.

• Wipe his face with a damp cloth.

• Put a little colostrum or milk in his mouth— just a bit, waiting for him to swallow before adding more.  He might latch and nurse in his sleep in a laid-back breastfeeding position (read more here) or he might take sips from a spoon. Feed him in whatever way works for you.

 

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From Chapter 20 The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League International

 

If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group or Internationally http://www.llli.org/.

 

 

 

 

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