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Baby falling asleep on the breast - does it get better?

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JackieOLantern Tue 11-Nov-14 03:03:09

My 10 day old feeds a lot and has gained her birth weight back but she is very sleepy when she feeds, latches on for maybe 5 minutes and then falls asleep and then back on again after I wake her up by changing nappy or taking her clothes off.

Problem is my breasts still feel pretty full after these short feeds and I seem to have an oversupply building up. I don't want to pump it off because I don't want to create even more engorgement but equally the pressure building up can be intense! I have to wake her up for nearly every feed and then she's super sleepy on the breast.

Does this get better as newborns wake up a bit? I'm getting fed up of having this pressure in my breasts...confused

hubbahubster Thu 13-Nov-14 18:07:12

Does she have a touch of jaundice? That'll make her sleepy, should clear up once the jaundice starts to clear.

redcaryellowcar Thu 13-Nov-14 18:14:57

I think if you look up over supply on la leche league or kellymom it will suggest feeding from the same side for more than one 'go' if you keep switching between sides you will encourage more supply.
I think it will ease, but as mentioned above check with hv or gp if all does not seem right. if you want to feel more comfortable without expressing you can stand in a warm shower or have a bath and put warm flannels over your breasts which will let a bit of milk off?

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