Re: suggestions for keeping 3 week old awake while feeding?
You'll hear a lot of advice to strive for time limits at the breast. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, whatever. It's old-fashioned advice from the days when moms were told to watch the clock, not the baby. Now the advice is reversed: watch the baby, not the clock. As long as she is producing enough diapers and gaining weight appropriately, there's no reason to worry about how much time the baby spends nursing. As the PP mentioned, some babies become efficient feeders quite early.
Some other things you can do to keep baby awake:
- Breast compressions
- Rub a cool, damp washrag on the soles of her feet or against the grain of her hair
- Switch feeding: when sucking slows and baby shows signs of falling asleep, take her off the breast and switch her to the other side
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!"