Re: why do some babies sleep at breast?
Tips for waking a baby who is excessively sleepy while nursing:
- Annoy him- an annoyed baby is usually a more alert baby. Tickle the soles of his feet or rub against the grain of his hair while he nurses, using your hand or a cool damp washrag.
- Keep him cool- a cool baby is usually more alert. When it's time to nurse, strip him down to a diaper or onesie, and keep a fan blowing in the room you're nursing in (not directly on the baby, though).
- Dim the lights- newborns sometimes close their eyes in response to bright lights
- Do breast compressions to speed the flow of milk to the baby
- Switch nursing: when baby's suckling slows and he seems to be dozing off, remove him from the breast, burp him, change his diaper, and switch him to the other side. When he falls asleep on the second breast, repeat the process, and keep repeating it until baby will no longer wake. Switch nursing is great for supply and also gets baby into the habit of nursing actively when at the breast, because he knows that as soon as he slacks off you're going to remove him from the breast and annoy him with a diaper change.
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