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Tips for keeping baby awake?

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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Hi everyone!

I had a question on how to keep my baby awake while nursing. He's 5 days old and I'm working with a LC because my nipples were bleeding from his bad latch. Turns out he's tongue tied. Latch is getting better, and my nipples are starting to heal. I'm seeing her again Wednesday but was hoping that I could get some tips before then on keeping him awake

He nurses great for about 5 minutes and then he's out. The LC says he might tire out quickly cause of the tongue tie. I tickle his face, move his arms, tickle his feet, he'll suck a few more sucks then he'll be out again. He'll stay on anywhere from 20-40 minutes but I don't think he's emptying a breast. I want to make sure he's getting the hind milk (a problem I had with my first).

Thanks!
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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K8wizzo
by Kate on Sep. 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM
1. Get the tie clipped
2. Don't worry so much about hindmilk.... total milk volume is what matters.
3. Skin to skin, asmany hours of the day as you can.
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

You're doing all the right things already. Get the tie clipped stat.

mrs.ramirez
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Just keep an eye on hungry and full cues.

A hungry baby tends to have a stressed face, tight first, blowing raspberries with tongue, searching for boob, actively sucking...

A full baby tends to have a relaxed expression, an open hand, relaxed mouth (no sucking in sleep) and won't fidget in sleep...

Your baby knows what he needs :D Congrats again, we're in the same dd group :D

tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM


THIS THIS THIS

Quoting K8wizzo:

1. Get the tie clipped
2. Don't worry so much about hindmilk.... total milk volume is what matters.
3. Skin to skin, asmany hours of the day as you can.



aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Sep. 29, 2013 at 1:25 AM
THIS! Breast compressions might help too.
Quoting tabi_cat1023:


THIS THIS THIS

Quoting K8wizzo:

1. Get the tie clipped
2. Don't worry so much about hindmilk.... total milk volume is what matters.
3. Skin to skin, asmany hours of the day as you can.



mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Sep. 29, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Yes, this. :-)

I would wake mine up using baby wipes to dampen their skin and then gently blow on them.


Quoting K8wizzo:

1. Get the tie clipped

2. Don't worry so much about hindmilk.... total milk volume is what matters.

3. Skin to skin, asmany hours of the day as you can.
WildPowerMom
by on Sep. 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Here are the three tips I always got:

An ice chip to the legs and No blankets or warmth

Keep a light bounce so s/he can't get too comfy.

Hold the baby up once s/he has fallen asleep to see if the position change can wake him/her up.

 

Good luck!

 

audmom1218
by Silver Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM
This was our routine for the first few weeks (until she regained birth weight): offer side one until asleep, (3-5 min) strip down to diaper, offer side until asleep (3-5 min). Change diaper, switch sides until asleep (2-3 min) get dressed, switch sides (1-2 min) then put her down to bed. Quite the ordeal but the pedi was pushing formula so the lc told me to just play their game lol.
babyG23
by on Sep. 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Thanks everyone. Now that my milk has fully came in and we've worked on his latch he's eating up a storm and staying awake during the feedings.
LilliesValley
by on Sep. 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Get the tongue tie fixed immediately. Would you want to run a mile before taking a bite? I wouldn't. I don't think you will need help keeping him awake after that. Do you have an appointment with a ped to get it clipped on Monday?

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