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Tips for waking a sleeping baby to breastfeed

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06/18/14

My daughter, especially during the first few weeks, would fall asleep a lot during breastfeeding, and as a first-time mom, I was so panicked that she wouldn't get enough to thrive. We ended up having to poke at her a lot, tickle her feet and legs, try to make eye contact with her during the feedings (that is very stimulating), move her and switch between breasts, talk to her, sing to her, break her latch and have her relatch,...and sometimes she would still fall asleep, because for babies that young, nursing is hard and tiring work! I timed my nursing, and aim for ten to fifteen minutes of nursing on each breast.

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