Re: Problems with nursing - any advice with be appreciated!
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Sleepy newborns can be a real challenge. Here are some tips on waking one:
- Keep the lights dim in the room you're nursing in- newborns often close their eyes in response to bright light.
- A cool baby is a more alert baby. When it's time to nurse, strip her down to a diaper or onesie. And keep a fan blowing in the room- though not directly on the baby.
- An annoyed baby is a more alert baby. Rub the soles of her feet or against the grain of her hair using your hand or a cool, damp washcloth.
- Try switch nursing. When suckling slows, and baby seems to be drifting off, take her off the first breast, burp her, change her diaper- basically, wake her up- and switch her to the other side. Repeat this process as many times as possible, until she will no longer wake.
It's tough to manage a newborn who isn't nursing well- or even one who is!- and a toddler. Can you get a babysitter or mother's helper? Other things you can try:
- stop cleaning and cooking- you don't need to do anything right now but nurse the baby!
- ask for help- your friends and family would probably be willing to help if you asked, and they can bring overalls, throw in loads of laundry, or lay with the toddler while you focus on nursing.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"