My baby is sleepy and doesn't want to eat. What can I do?

This is a common concern for newborn infants. First I would take a look at any painkillers you are taking. Pain medication from the hospital can cause the baby to be sleepy. Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve are all safe for breastfeeding and will not make the baby sleepy. Next, be aggressive. New moms tend to be very gentle, but newborns don't always know when they are hungry, so you have to wake them up every two to three hours with no more than one five hour stretch in any 24 hour period.

Techniques for waking a baby include, stripping him/her down to a diaper, using the clutch/football hold so the baby is more upright, washing their face before nursing, changing their diaper, rubbing their hands, face, feet, or back. My personal favorite is alternate breast massage. As soon as the baby stops sucking or swallowing and begins to fall asleep. Massage the breast from underneath towards the nipple. This wiggles the nipple and "milks" the breast into the baby's, reminding him or her to start nursing again.

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