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JessHeath posted:
Nursing issues could be a whole forum! Anyway, my very hungry baby boy will latch on, but then falls asleep in like 5 minutes. If I want him to eat enough, I have to feed him a pumped bottle. Thats okay but I would rather have him breastfeed. Like tomorrow, we are going on a trip and I won't be able to pump for most of the day so I have to breastfeed him. It like he uses me as a pacifier. Its very sweet, but I want him to do his business and then he can fall asleep. Any ideas? I do sort of pump his arms because that helps a little, but sometimes it doesn't matter how much I mess with him. Should I try a washcloth on his forehead or something? How do I keep him alert?
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j9ween2 responded:
have you tried to give him a pacifier instead of to the breast? how often is he eating? I would do everything in your power to hold him off for 3 hours so that he eats
Janine (Tyler -5, Bella -3, and Giana -8 months born 8 weeks early)
 
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michelleloehr replied to j9ween2's response:
this will be a little in convient out and about but when dd falls asleep at the breast after a short period of time, i remove her and try to burp her and then i switch sides. if she's really hungry this wakes her up and she eats. if she falls asleep on the second breast quickly she gets a paci and i hold her like we are feeding
 
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momtobegrunden responded:
There are a few tricks you can do. Try stripping him down to his diaper for feedings. The coolness will keep him awake. Bug the heck out of him. I had to continuously tickle my LO to keep him awake. Tickling feet especially helps! You can rub a cool washcloth over his skin, too. Whenever my LO fell asleep, I'd take him off and change his diaper to wake him up.

PS-There is a breastfeeding board on here! Here's the link:

http://exchanges.webmd.com/breastfeeding-support-group-exchange
Me(29). DH(40). DSD(15). DSS(9). DS1(2). DS2(10/6/10).
 
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Dan Brennan, MD replied to momtobegrunden's response:
I agree with momtobegrunden - try to keep your baby stimulated during a feeding by removing some clothes and rubbing his back and feet when he starts to dose off.

It takes some time to transition a baby from bottle to breast, but it can happen with persistence. In my practice, I have had babies switch from expressed breastmillk from a bottle to nursing as late as 9 months of age.

Ask you pediatrician about a referral to a lactation consultant - it is amazing what they can help you achieve in a short period of time.

Dr. Dan


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