When your baby is two weeks old, the request for breast milk will be tailored to your baby’s needs. Even at this age, the baby can get breast milk regularly. However, it is better if you do adaptation so that the second to third weeks when you run into difficulties can be overcome. The first few weeks of breastfeeding are always the most difficult, one of which the baby will experience drowsiness when getting breast milk. There is so much that mothers can do to help keep the baby awake while breastfeeding.
Here are some tips you can do to prevent a drowsy baby while being breastfed:
1. You can act by removing your nipple from the baby’s mouth or placing your finger between your breast and his mouth to break the suction. Thus this condition will get the baby used to sucking again.
2. Bring the breast to the corner of the baby’s mouth with a syringe or dropper to encourage the baby to start sucking again.
3. Try compressing the breasts to get the milk flowing faster, this can help the baby suck when it’s in need. Thus, it can reduce the risk of the baby falling asleep while getting breast milk because the milk ducts are obstructed.
4. You can shift the breast from the other part so that your baby is awake when you shift it to the other part.
5. You can touch gently on the hands, feet or ears to keep your baby awake.
6. You should be able to undress baby or keep his feet finding that they are too cold to undress him completely. It will be more difficult for him to sleep if he is not warm.
7. Listen to some fast tempo music to your baby so it can keep your baby awake.
In some cases, sometimes what makes it difficult for you to give breast milk is your baby’s condition. So one way to deal with babies who are often sleepy when getting breast milk is to make the baby fall asleep first before continuing to give breast milk. This can help reduce the risk of your baby choking on breast milk while asleep. There are also some babies who can release themselves to get breast milk when they are full. (Read: Basics of Breastfeeding a Baby)