Breastfeeding: Waking Your Baby

Topic Overview

Most medical professionals recommend letting a baby eat on demand. But during the first few days of breastfeeding, be sure to awaken your baby for feedings about every 2 hours. This will help to get your milk supply going. To make the transition from sleep gradual and comfortable, try the following:

  • Cool your baby off by taking off his or her clothes. Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as you place him or her for feeding. Keep a lightweight blanket nearby.
  • Tickle your baby lightly wherever you get a reaction (on the feet, neck, top of head, or stomach).
  • Change your baby's diaper.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Mary Moe Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics

Current as ofMarch 29, 2018

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