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    Breastfeeding: Waking Your Baby

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    Most medical professionals recommend letting a baby eat on demand. But during the first few days of breastfeeding, be sure to awaken your baby for feedings about every 2 hours. This will help to get your milk supply going. To make the transition from sleep gradual and comfortable, try the following:

    • Cool your baby off by taking off his or her clothes. Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as you place him or her for feeding. Keep a lightweight blanket nearby.
    • Tickle your baby lightly wherever you get a reaction (on the feet, neck, top of head, or stomach).
    • Change your baby's diaper.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant

    Current as ofNovember 20, 2015

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