Any experienced nursing moms have tricks for keeping an older baby awake to nurse?
Baby is 10 weeks, and we just started back to nursing from being on the bottle. Originally when he was born I could NOT keep the kid awake to nurse, and he got dehydrated - welcome to supplementation.
Now that we are trying this, I can not keep him awake. I have tried the burping, changing, tickling feet and rubbing his ears and head.
I am really scared about this, as I don't want to go the route of dehydration again, but I want to work more and more at the breast and less at the bottle.
I can tell from pumping he is only taking 1 - 1 1/2 oz at the breast. Since I have only been pumping in the past, he would eat between 2 - 4 oz. Seemingly this past week or so he has taken smaller amounts sometimes (1oz by bottle this morning, but more at later feedings). Since he has been nursing some, he diapers will be wet, but much less than when he eats at the bottle.
I think if he would stay awake a little longer maybe he would eat more? He doesn't seem unsatisfied, but he is not experienced at this yet so I am trying to be careful. I have a lot of criticism from my in-laws in the bf business and all I need is for him to not gain weight adequately. He is already smaller 25% on his size, and 50% on his weight, so she is convinced he is not eating enough!