Re: sleepy at the breast!
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Are you trying to time your baby's feedings? In general, moms are advised to watch their babies, not the clock. What that means is that you offer the first breast, allow the baby to finish at her own pace (which can take as little as 5 minutes or as long as 30, maybe more, depending on the baby), and then offer the second breast. A long as baby has normal diaper output and is gaining weight appropriately, there's nothing to worry about even if she is kind of dozy.
However, if baby is excessively sleepy and is having trouble gaining weight, or if you simply hope to get her to nurse faster and take in more milk, here are some things which may help:
- Annoy her to prevent her from falling asleep. Tickle the soles of her feet or rub against the grain of her hair using your hand or a cool damp washrag.
- Keep her cool- strip her down to a diaper or a onsie when it's time to nurse, and keep a fan blowing in the room you are in. A cool baby is often a more alert baby.
- Dim the lights- new babies often close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Switch nursing- if baby is excessively sleepy, try taking her off the breast when she appears to be falling asleep. Burp her and change her diaper, and then switch her to the other breast. Repeat the process until the baby will no longer wake.
All that being said, it does not sound like there is anything to be concerned about. Great diaper output, weight gain, and baby having some happy alert periods are all excellent signs of nursing going right! The feeding frequency you mention is completely normal, especially for such a young baby. Remember than infant tummies are tiny, and that breastmilk digests rapidly, usually in about 90 minutes. Many babies nurse every 1-2 hours, and it is not a cause for concern. It's pretty exhausting, but I promise that it will get easier!
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