A lot of breastfed babies fall asleep while nursing. It can be a lifesaver to have a surefire way to get your little one to sleep. But, babies who are drowsy eaters, may not be getting a full feed. This may lead to short, round-the-clock nursing sessions which can be exhausting for mom and unsatisfying for baby. The good news is that there are a few tips on how to keep your kid awake when breastfeeding.
According to Baby Sleep Site, newborns naturally get drowsy while nursing, and it usually isn't a big concern unless the baby is not gaining weight or has jaundice. Today's Parent warned that in the early days, when babies are learning how to effectively nurse, they may get tired easily and fall asleep after a short period of sucking, or may quit in frustration. Some babies get the hang of breastfeeding right away, filling their bellies in five minutes and promptly dozing off. Others, however, struggle to nurse for 20 minutes and fall asleep still hungry. It may not be until several days later when you visit your pediatrician that you learn whether your baby is falling asleep because he's frustrated and not full. Here are some ways you can help keep your baby awake while breastfeeding.