why is it so hard waking my newborn up for feeding


Emily - posted on 08/27/2009




My son was jaundice when he was first born, and that made him more sleepy, and he was really hard to wake up to feed. How new is your newborn?

Beth - posted on 08/27/2009




I remember being in hospital after my girl's birth and the midwives would always give me a hard time bc she wouldn't wake up to feed. I finally told them that when she was hugry, she would eat but at her age, she wanted to sleep. She was brand new then. I never worked out how to do a "sleepy breast feed" as they have to be kind of awake to latch on and getting a bottle in there was not happening either. As long as she eats enough to gain when she is awake, don't worry, Enjoy the sleep because at the first growth spirt, she'll want to wake up and eat. Good luck and don't stress. If you're worried about milk production, you can pump in the night as the progesterone (sp) is at the highest levels at night and so you are producing milk more then. That was one thing I found useful in hospital and after we got home the first 8 weeks or so....


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Kimberly - posted on 08/30/2009




it was hard for me the first week to have to wake the baby. but according to all my friends and family you dont have to wake them at all. they need sleep as much as you. the only reason i was forced to wake up my son was because he was jaundice so i was waking him every 3 hrs for him to go right back to sleep after he ate. but like everyone else has said, unless theres a weight issue they will wake themselves every so many hours to eat. and believe me they will eat to make up for the time slept away

Mary Ann - posted on 08/29/2009




My daughter was the same way when she was born.She slept alot which is normal for new babies.When your baby is hungry she/he will wake up to be fed, but if you think that something just isnt feeling right then a visit to the doctor couldnt hurt...it will put your worry to rest and let you know whats going on with baby.Dont be afraid to ask questions...especially if this is your first child.I never woke up my baby she always gave me cues as to when she was hungry or not and as a mother you have instincts just listen to them.

JoAnna - posted on 08/27/2009




They just want their rest right now I have a one month old and I've quickly realized I'm on her time. In about a month he or she will develop a sleep & eat pattern and you will miss those days

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2009




the only thing i would be worried about is the jaundice thing...my son was getting harder and harder to wake at about a week old so i asked the health nurse about it...turns out his jaundice levels were very high and he spent 4 days under the light thingy to fix it..i didn't think it was that serious but it can be if left untreated so it might be a good idea just to rule it out first...

Teresa - posted on 08/27/2009




I had a very sleepy baby. At first this was because of jaundice. My midwife told me to wake him during the day every 3 hours for a feed and every five hours at night if he didn't wake on his own. At 2 months he became very sleepy again and everyone said how lucky I was and isn't it great, but it didn't seem right. Finally we got to the bottom of it and in a ridiculous cycle - too much sleeping meant he wasn't eating enough to stay hydrated and the dehydration made him sleepier. As much as it seems wrong to 'wake a sleeping baby' - during the day do it. Newborns are supposed to be hungry and eat every 3 hours or so.

Kia - posted on 08/27/2009




When the baby is first born, you should wake the baby up for feedings. You have to make sure the baby is eating enough for the first weeks of life to overcome the weight the baby is going to lose intially. It is always hard to wake up a baby because all they want to do it sleep. You can make sure that she/he is not wrapped up during feedings and try not to hold her/him too close to your body. The body heat keep them nice and warm and make them go to sleep.

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Never wake a sleeping baby. Do you have a reason for that? My health visitor once told me, that the only time she would say to wake a baby up for a feeding is if there is a problem with the baby picking up weight. So if your baby is fine, and the weight is normal, just enjoy the sleep and hope it will last. Osnat http://maaslife.blogspot.com/

Tara - posted on 08/27/2009




My daughter would go long spurts at night where she would sleep 6+ hours with out waking up. I started out waking her for a few weeks and then my dr just said to let her sleep. The old saying never wake a sleepign baby. She told me my daughter will wake up when she needs to eat... plus she just ate much more during the day to make up for it. She was always in the 90th percentile for height and weight so she wasnt malnurished at all.

Dianne - posted on 08/27/2009




I dont wake Mya, simply let her dream feed, this works especially well during the night. she even burps for me while asleep!

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