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#1 of 6 Old 03-25-2003, 10:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, my baby is 8 days old and all she wants to do is sleep!! It is so diificult to wake her and when I finally do, she nurses for 5 minutes and falls back asleep!
Is something wrong with my milk?
the funny thing is that she has plenty of wet diapers with stool!!
I am going out of my mind. Any advice would be great!
a worried mom
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First of all, relax! If your baby isn't losing weight (and gaining a little), you're doing just fine. Some babies are just like that, and require being woken up and nursed almost constantly. That's just the way they are. Just make sure you don't just let her sleep too long without eating or you will have a problem.

If she's peeing and pooping, then everything is ok. Celebrate your little one! You're doing great! And your milk is FINE!!! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!!
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Both of my kids slept incessantly for the first two weeks, and amongst my friends and relatives, this seems to hold true. She'll wake up, try not to worry too much. I woke both my kids to nurse despite all the warnings. It made me feel better and eventually I stopped feeling the need as they began to awaken themselves. Congratulations!
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Rickyjake, this is a pretty common problem. You are not alone!

If you will call a local La Leche League leader, she can give you lots of very specific advice on this issue. Try LLL's list of local groups to find a contact in your area.

You also might try searching this forum for "sleepy baby." I'm sure there are quite a few older threads, and the search only takes a few seconds. (See the search field at the bottom of the page of threads in this forum.)

Best wishes, and congratulations on your daughter's birth!
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I have a sleepy baby too - except she is almost 8 WEEKS and I still hardly see her. She is the opposite of my son who I saw ALL THE TIME because he was on my boob constantly LOL

You got some good advice. Sometimes babies with jaundice can be a little sleepy so just make sure she isn't getting yellow.
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As long as she is nursing at least every 2 hours (one longer stretch at night of 3 or 4 hours, if the day went OK), and continues with the wet and poop dipes, and is gaining (at least 4-7 oz/wk), she should be OK.

It can be frustrating to have a sleepy one. I had one, she was born 3 wks early and jaundice came into it too. I used to wake her to nurse her every 2 hours. I would strip her down, change her, let her nurse in just the diaper (and t-shirt maybe), she would nurse for a few mins and want to sleep. I would change her again, and offer the other breast. I would also have to jiggle her, talk to her, stroke her, sit her up, to keep her awake.

I had to wake her for every feed til she hit her due date, then she finally started waking to feed on her own, and seemed like a real human being!

Of course there's nothing wrong with your milk!!! It's just her. Sometimes it takes them a while to recover from the birth, or an epidural, etc.
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