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newborn falling asleep at the bottle

Can anyone give me some pointers how to keep the baby awake during feeding?  He's a week old and eats about 3 oz from the bottle, but he always falls SOUND asleep after 2 oz....how can i keep him awake?

Re: newborn falling asleep at the bottle

  • Try removing some of his clothes to wake him up a bit.
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  • flick his feet with your finger, nudge under the chin to keep him suckling, press hard on their breastbone (but not too hard)... hmm... trying to remember what else we were told... ah yes, get him nakie, change his diaper... all those tricks to make him uncomfortable.
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  • A diaper change halfway through works for me.... or talking to her while she's eating.
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  • Maybe 3 oz is too much for him.  My pedi had me only giving 2oz and only now just upped his intake to 2.5 ozs.  Just a thought...
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  • You can also try a faster flowing bottle.  My DS does better staying awake with the faster flowing nipples.
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