Re: Nursing Problems (?) My 4 Week Old Angel...
with LLLMeg. Definitely do NOT stretch out the feedings- when there is a problem with weight gain or milk supply, frequent feedings are ideal. A hungry baby does not necessarily take in more milk or feed better than one who isn't yet all that hungry.
Tips for waking a sleepy baby:
- Keep the lights dim. New babies sometimes close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Keep her cool. When it's time to nurse, strip her down to a single light layer or even just a diaper if your house is very warm, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse (though not directly in the baby).
- Annoy her. Tickle her feet or rub against the grain of her hair using your hand or a cool, damp washcloth.
- Do breast compressions as you nurse to keep milk moving to the baby.
- Try switch nursing. When suckling slows and baby seems to be drifting off to sleep, remove her from the breast, burp her or change her diaper, and put her onto the second breast. Repeat the process as many times as necessary, until the baby will no longer wake.
ETA: what sort of pump do you have and how often are you using it every day?
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