Is your baby sleeping at feeding time?

Breastfeeding consultant and maternity nurse Deearna Withey discusses how to avoid your baby falling asleep during a feed

Getting into a feeding routine can be a daunting task for a new mum. Many mums can find that baby stays awake long enough to start a feed, but within 10 minutes they will begin to fall asleep. Breastfeeding consultant and maternity nurse Deearna Withey provides her tips to prevent your baby falling asleep during a feed. In order to prevent this, try the following tips:

  • Change baby’s nappy and ensure baby wakes up during the change.
  • Gently blow on baby’s face during feed.
  • Have some water and cotton wool close by and rub this along baby’s cheekbone.
  • Ensure your baby hasn’t got too many layers on – just a nappy with a thin
    muslin over the top is ideal and then dress for bed after the feed.
  • Softly run your finger down baby’s spine.
  • Press your thumb in the centre of baby’s palm and rotate, this is the pressure point for their natural sucking reflex.

Try to avoid:
Massaging or running your fingers along baby’s head as any form of head massage will activate oxytocin release and melatonin which is the sleep hormone.

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