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    Breast-Feeding: Waking Your Baby - Topic Overview

    Most medical professionals recommend letting a baby eat on demand. But during the first few days of breast-feeding, 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.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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