“My newborn wants to sleep all the time! Should I wake him to breastfeed?”
Yes, if he does not wake on his own. Many newborns are very sleepy in the early days or weeks and may not exhibit hunger cues as often as they actually need to eat. Newborns should be nursed anytime they cue hunger, but at least every 2 hours during the day and at least once during the night. Once your baby has established a good weight gain pattern (at least 4-5
ounces per week, for babies under 4 months), you can stop waking baby to nurse and let him set his own pattern.
“My baby just started sleeping longer at night. Do I need to wake him to nurse?”
If your baby is younger than 4 weeks, then it is a good idea to wake baby at least every 4-5 hours at night to nurse if he does not wake on his own. If your child is older than 4 weeks, you can allow baby to sleep as long as he wants at night as long as he is peeing, pooping, and gaining weight within normal parameters.