sleepy nurser

Jordan - posted on 02/11/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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This is my first time breastfeeding and I want to get my 3 wk old on a schedule feed/wake/ sleep so that he sleeps better at nite. However every time I nurse him he conks out like he can't possibly stay awake. I am not sure what to do. He does have breastfeeding jaundice and I'm wondering if anyone knows if that affects him too. Help!! Is this normal?

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Lori - posted on 02/19/2014

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I agree with the others. Don't try to get a 3 week old baby on a schedule yet. Feed on demand. Nurse your baby as often as he wants day and night. And yes, with jaundice you will want to make sure he's eating at LEAST every 3 hours, preferably every 2 hours. If he's going longer than that on his own, wake him and feed him anyway. If he wants to nurse again after half and hour… feed him again then too. This is true for any newborn…. but especially true for one with jaundice.
I've also heard (don't know the truth behind it though) that skin to skin contact can help with jaundice. As I said, I'm not positive of the source… but one thing I do know - it can't hurt. And skin to skin has so many known benefits that's it's a really good thing to do with your newborn. Strip him down to just diaper, and you with no shirt. Just hold him on your chest that way. You can do this while nursing of course, but you can also just hold him that way anytime. It's so good for your baby!

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Marchia - posted on 02/24/2014

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My son constantly fell asleep while nursing during the first few months. Try gently blowing on his face, taking his clothes off, rubbing his back. It's just something you have to work through. You can attempt to get your 3 week old on a schedule, but you'll find that your babies schedule will change rapidly. I'm not familiar with jaundice sorry. Hope this helped

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My son is now 4 months and he often falls asleep before finishing a meal so sometimes wakes up 20 minutes later to snack again. It will get better and just enjoy this journey they grow up so fast.

Katherine - posted on 02/19/2014

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My son was a very sleepy nurser for the first month or so. After that, he got better about staying awake long enough to sleep. However, I agree with Celeste, 3 weeks is very early to expect a baby to get on and stay on a certain schedule. For the first few months, you really have to work on their schedule and just try to get through. I panicked at first because all the books said I should be putting my son on a schedule and he needed to "learn" to sleep. After a few days of torturing both of us, I gave up and we both were much much happier!! He's now 16 months old and is a great sleeper!! Let him set his schedule for now - there's plenty of time to impose time constraints on him. If he won't stay awake long enough to eat, try undressing him so he's no so warm and snuggly, tickling his feet, rubbing his arms and legs, gently tapping his head, etc. Just enough to wake him up and not let him drift off until he's done. Once he's done eating, I'd let him fall asleep on the boob - it's one of the great blessings of nursing - an instant pacifier!!!

Celeste - posted on 02/11/2014

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Please reconsider a putting breastfed baby on a schedule . Supply works on supply and demand, schedules interfere with that. It's too young to expect a 3 week old to sleep through the night. Nursing on a schedule and then no night feedings can cause issues over time. Especially with jaundice, it's VERY important to nurse often. And yes, jaundice does make babies sleepy. If you insist on a schedule, at least wait until the jaundice is gone and your supply is established, which is sometime after the 6 week mark

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