Re: Baby in Hospital Reluctant Sucker!
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
It sounds like your baby is very sleepy baby, and sleepy babies often don't gain weight well unless they are proactively woken up. Here are some tips on waking a dozy newborn:
- Keep the light dim. Newborn babies often close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Keep the baby cool; a cool baby is a more alert baby. When it's time to nurse, strip him down to a single light layer. And keep a fan blowing in the room- just not directly on the baby.
- Annoy him. Tickle the soles of his feet or rub against the grain of his hair using your hand or a cool damp washcloth.
- Do breast compressions to speed the milk to him.http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...tion&Itemid=17
- Try switch nursing. When the baby seems to be dozing off, remove him from the breast, burp him or change his diaper, and put him on the other side. If he dozes off on the second breast, repeat the process, switching him back to the first breast. Repeat the process until the baby will no longer wake.
If you need to supplement, don't be afraid to do so, especially if they are being given in a breastfeeding-supportive way. It doesn't have to mean the end of breastfeeding. My suspicion is that you just need to get over this bump- baby has to start gaining weight and wake up a little and then everything will be fine.
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!"