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Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 18:16 PM   1
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Can't wake the baby?


It's been a few hours since her last feeding and she was born yesterday. My midwife said to establish feeding she should feed every 2 hours during the day and 3 hours at night. She fed a lot this morning because I didn't realize that even when she's giving feeding cues, I can use other methods to sooth her if I know she's had enough. I just figured she was "asking" to be nursed so I should nurse her. Well after soothing and bonding with her in other ways and having a visit with the grandparents, she's sleeping and I can't get her to wake up even with some tricks I found through google... What should I do? The midwife will be here for a check in in 15 to 45 minutes but I wanted your input while I wait. Don't know how active this forum is so don't know if I'll get feedback but thought I'd try. by the way, she just cried but didn't nurse when I picked her up. Will try again after posting.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 18:17 PM   2
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latched but not sucking...?



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 18:17 PM   3
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not latched...



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 19:27 PM   4
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I have this problem with my LO. I usually try changing her nappy, that sometimes works especially if she has an accident and poos/wee's whilst changing her lol. Also try wiping her face with a baby wipe, or failing that have some skin to skin.



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 19:48 PM   5
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With such a young baby (I presume?) there is no bad thing in offering BF even if you think they've had enough, it is possible to underfed at this age but impossible to overfeed. It is probably that now your baby is full but keep offering whenever you can even if feeds seem ridiculously close together xx



 
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Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 23:14 PM   6
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When my little guy was born, the nurses in the hospital kept telling me to wake him every 2 hours to try to nurse. He was not interested! He would wake an eat when he wanted to, and if I tried to wake him, he wouldn't eat. So after a few days I just let him be, it wast worth stressing us both out and trying to wake him up constantly. He's now 9 days old and nursing beautifully, so maybe the same is true for your baby. I think sometimes they just don't want to be woken up!



 
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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 08:16 AM   7
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I'm guessing your baby hasn't read the textbooks... getting born is a big shock to their little systems and it can take them a couple of days to get over it.



 
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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 08:39 AM   8
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It is normal for them to be sleepy the first few days. You did the right thing in trying to wake her, but if the usual tricks won't work I would let her sleep for a bit and try again in half an hour or sooner if she stirs. You can hold her skin to skin in the meantime, that will help your supply too.

Congrats, BTW!!!



 
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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 09:06 AM   9
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When mine was newborn I had to strip him of his clothes, change his diaper, and feed him in just a diaper to keep him up long enough to feed.



 
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Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 18:32 PM   10
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I think there were two things that did the trick: Time and playing with her feet.



 
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