Quick Answer: What to do if baby keeps falling asleep during breastfeeding?

What happens if baby is too sleepy while breastfeeding?

Check in with your health professional if your baby is consistently too sleepy to breastfeed to make sure they are not poorly or getting dehydrated. Hand expressing or pumping your milk will protect your milk supply and provide a breast milk supplement to keep your baby fed until they can breastfeed.

How do I keep my baby awake during feedings?

Use their senses

  1. Burp your baby or change their position while they feed.
  2. Remove the bottle or gently unlatch them to keep them roused.
  3. Change their nappy mid-feed.
  4. Stroke their feet.
  5. Gently blow air on their cheeks or forehead.
  6. Sing or speak to your baby while they feed.
  7. Play some music or make gentle noises.

Should I let my baby fall asleep while breastfeeding?

“Many people want babies to fall asleep alone, so mothers try not to let the baby fall asleep at the breast,” says McMillan. “But this often causes feeding problems. The baby may bite or clamp down on the breast.

Should I unlatch my baby when she falls asleep?

When to Unlatch Baby

If you are comfortable, your nipple and breasts are comfortable and you don’t feel like you need to take this precious time to catch up on sleep, you can hold your baby and allow them to continue to comfort suck until you are ready to unlatch him.

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How long should nighttime feedings take?

When your baby wakes, feed your baby as you always do, but reduce the number of minutes you nurse every night or every other night. Depending on how long you usually nurse, you can reduce between 30 seconds and two minutes each night until you’re down to three or four minutes of nursing for that feed.

How long should a breastfeeding session last?

Duration. During the newborn period, most breastfeeding sessions take 20 to 45 minutes. However, because newborn babies are often sleepy, this length of time may require patience and persistence. Feed on the first side until your baby stops suckling, hands are no longer fisted, and your baby appears sleepy and relaxed.

Is sleep feeding harmful?

Sleep feeding (also known as Dream Feeding) is not harmful when it is used as a short term feeding method for a baby who experiences pain and discomfort from eating due to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).