: ita with the excellent advice provided so far. I just want to say that I am sorry the nurses at the hospital gave you such awful advice. They undermined you just when you were most vulnerable. No-one has milk at less than 24 hours unless they have managed to nurse an older child through a subsequent pregnancy. And newborn babies aren't starving- their tiny funnies are designed to take in very small amounts of colostrum, not large amounts of milk or formula.
Tips on waking a sleepy baby:
- Attempt to wake/feed baby every 2-3 hours even if he seems to want to sleep more than that.
- Annoy him. An annoyed baby is a more awake baby. Tickle the soles of his feet or rub against the grain of his hair using your hand or a cool damp washcloth.
- Keep him cool; a cool baby is more alert. When it's time to nurse, strip him down to a onesie or diaper (if it's warm enough for that in your house), and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse (but not directly on the baby).
- Try switch nursing. If baby is falling asleep at the breast, remove him from the breast when suckling slows, change his diaper, and put him on the other side. Repeat the process as many times as possible until the baby will no longer wake.
- Do breast compressions to speed milk flow to the baby.
- Try expressing a drop or two of milk onto the nipple surface before latching baby on. The taste of milk may stimulate him to nurse more actively.