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Awake versus sleeping first few weeks

My daughter was born Wednesday and I am EBF. It seems like she is not awake at all other than to breastfeed. I was just wondering what is normal in terms of sleeping versus being awake the first couple weeks?

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Re: Awake versus sleeping first few weeks

  • Completely normal. That's pretty much all they do the first few weeks. Eat, sleep and poop. :)

     Most newborns sleep about 18 hours a day.

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  • Awake time between naps for a newborn is only about 45-60 minutes (and only goes to 90 minutes between naps at 3 months). BUT this includes feeding, and diapering, and the time to fall asleep again. So, for us, when DS was a newborn he took 45 minutes to eat so it was literally eat sleep eat sleep eat sleep, etc.

    Now, he's awake for about 10-15 minutes after his bottle before we put him down for another nap. He still sleeps a lot, as babies need to do.

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