Re: Baby is 10 days old and having problems
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! Is he your first?
Newborns are often quite sleepy, especially if they happen to be slightly early or jaundiced. Is your LO rapidly falling asleep at the breast? Or is the sucking stopping because he's fussy? If he stops suckling because he's sleepy, here are some tricks which may help:
- Keep the lights dim. New babies often close their eyes in response to bright lights.
- Annoy him. When he starts to fall asleep, tickle the soles of his feet or rub against the grain of his hair using your hand or a cool damp washrag.
- Keep him cool. When it's time to nurse, strip him down to a single light layer, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse (not directly on the baby).
- Use breast compressions to speed milk flow to him while he is nursing.
- Try switch nursing: whenever baby seems to be falling asleep, transitioning from active sucking to shallow, fluttery comfort sucking, take him off the breast, burp him or change his diaper, and switch him to the other side. If he falls asleep on that side, repeat the process and keep repeating it until he will no longer wake.
ETA: how do you know he's not getting enough milk from breastfeeding alone?
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