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Thread: Baby sleeping, getting engorged

  1. #1
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    Sep 2008

    Default Baby sleeping, getting engorged

    So I am getting really engorged (already dealing with oversupply and oald) as DD is sleeping a lot through the day. I try to wake her by changing her/talking to her/tickling her feet, etc. but she just keeps sleeping. I guess I have a few questions- tips on how to wake her for feeding? Also, how much sleep is really normal for newborns? She is 1 week old. I feel like she is asleep a lot during the day and awake a lot at night. Any way to switch this? I am kind of freaking out about her sleeping "too much". Pretty silly, I know. I guess I just don't like not having a routine again.


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  2. #2
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    Mar 2007

    Default Re: Baby sleeping, getting engorged

    As long as her weight gain is good, there's no right amount of sleep.
    Your body will adjust to your baby's needs with time and you won't get engorged, same with sleep, she will switch her sleeping pattern with time but I would let her know that daytime is for staying awake more than asleep by letting her nap wherever you are or where the action is, leaving drapes and blinds open, may be some music if you are alone in the house so there's noise around.
    She is still very new, you'll get a routine very soon
    Last edited by @llli*lasbi.modeu; February 2nd, 2012 at 08:34 PM.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2011

    Default Re: Baby sleeping, getting engorged

    Pretty much, it took making DD uncomfy to keep her awake enough. She was routinely stripped down to a diaper. I seem to recall we took it off once or twice too. DH or I would squish (not pinch) her toes and feet. In the first few days, we even resorted to DH pressing a wet wash cloth in spots on her back (not enough to chill her but enough to get a response). If it seems a little mean, we had to do something to get DD awake and eating. She ended up loosing way more than a normal amount of weight in her first few days (DD was extra sleepy for the first week or so, as she was still clearing her system of the heavy duty painkillers I took in the 24hrs after the c-section).
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  4. #4
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    Jan 2012

    Default Re: Baby sleeping, getting engorged

    This was my exact same first post a week ago! I strip my baby girl down to her undershirt for feeding. She still dozes off after about 15-20 minutes. That's when I change her diaper, which wakes her up again. Then I switch breasts. It can take 45 minutes or more for her to get in a full feeding.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Default Re: Baby sleeping, getting engorged

    Have you tried dream feeding if you can't wake her? I've resorted to this a few time with my one week old if nothing else wakes her. I leave her in just a diaper and offer my breast, often with a little milk on it already, and she'll take it from there.
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  6. #6
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    Jun 2009

    Default Re: Baby sleeping, getting engorged

    with previous post. Babies can and will nurse in their sleep. Keep baby on you as much as possible and give her easy access. Look for the signs baby is going into a lighter sleep and may nurse (eyes moving under lids is an early one, making sucking motions in sleep, or even just face or lip twitches.) If latching in sleep is difficult for baby, try a more laid back or leaning back position with baby on top of you.

    It is not silly at all to be concerned baby is sleeping to much. Some babies DO sleep 'too much' particularly in the first two weeks, and it may effect their weight gain and/or mom's milk production. At this age you generally want baby to be nursing AT LEAST 12 times in a 24 hour day, and you want to see appropriate output. Yes, lots of that nursing will be at night. It will start to switch naturally, after baby starts nursing more duing the day, but this is very individual it may take quite a few weeks before you get any kind of long stretch of sleep at night (4 hours or so) That is OK and normal, newborns don't know from night and day. Routines will come.

    Good article on what to expect in the early weeks: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html

    Feeding cues: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...eding_cues.pdf

    Waking a sleepy newborn: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...py_newborn.pdf

    diaper log: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...diaper_log.pdf

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