Falls asleep every time I nurse her...

Jenny - posted on 07/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is just 1 week old and every time I nurse her she falls asleep after only a few minutes...I've tried waking her up several different ways but nothing seems to work...any advice?

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Kyla - posted on 07/05/2009

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I had the same problem with my first baby...we were instructed to strip him down to just a diaper before nursing him...the cool air keeps them awake a little longer. It's not really something to worry about as long as she's still getting enough while she's sleeping...some babies (like my son) are lazy eaters...they pulse their tonge to get a let down of hind milk (the thicker stuff...for hunger).

Jessica - posted on 07/05/2009

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Id start with giving her some sunshine helps with johndis then id take her shirt or cloths off and pulling up your shirt body heat may wake her up also get a cloth and wet it not cold but alil less then room tempature and rube it on her back, arms, legs just enough for her to wake up. new borns do sleep alot but if your concerned with how much shes sleeping maybe try calling some of the numbers the hospital gave you. also you should be having a health nurse come to your home sometime in the near future to make sure both you and baby are doing good (depression, babies weight, johndis, dirty diapors) all that alot of babies will loss up to 7% of thier body weight within the first week due to those gorgous black poops


also breast milk does give off a hormone (best way i can think to explain) that calms the baby and yourself


but remember if you are concerned for any reason dont be shy to go to the clinic no one will think you to be foolish just a new mom :) happy belated mothers day btw.


i hope this helped

Lydia - posted on 07/05/2009

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I always tickle my daughter's feet. She will begin to stay awake longer as she gets older.

Lucy - posted on 07/05/2009

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I used to gently rub my little girls cheek if she fell asleep while nursing. As other posters have said though it's normal for babies that young.

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Just keep doing what you're doing as long as she's producing enough wet/dirty diapers. Babies that young are usually sleepy at the breast, but it will get better soon. By 3 or 4 weeks, you'll probably find she's nursing more efficiently and spending more time awake. Good luck, and enjoy that new baby!

Bridget - posted on 07/04/2009

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She will stay awake longer in time. My son did the same thing and now I wish he would fall asleep sometimes!!! It is part of her being so young. One way I got him to start staying up was changing his diaper when he would start to fall asleep (the cold wipes gave him a little shock) also lightly flick at the bottoms of her feet. I hope these things work for you but be prepared to have to keep doing what your doing for another coupl weeks at least.

Bridget - posted on 07/04/2009

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She will stay awake longer in time. My son did the same thing and now I wish he would fall asleep sometimes!!! It is part of her being so young. One way I got him to start staying up was changing his diaper when he would start to fall asleep (the cold wipes gave him a little shock) also lightly flick at the bottoms of her feet. I hope these things work for you but be prepared to have to keep doing what your doing for another coupl weeks at least.

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