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How do I feed my sleepy baby?

Some babies will be very sleepy for the first few days. Wake your baby by completely undressing him except for his diaper.

Gently place him on your chest, against your bare skin. If needed, use a blanket to cover yourself and the baby. Skin-to-skin contact is very comforting to a newborn and will encourage your baby to wake up and nurse.

Keep your baby against your skin and gently stroke or massage his back, arms, hands, and feet. Talk to him in a soothing voice when he opens his eyes. When he begins to “root,” move him to the breast to feed.

Do You Have Questions About Breastfeeding? Contact Your Local WIC or Call the Breastfeeding Hotline
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