What AndiJ78 said is what is recommended, but doesn't always work. This happens to me on occassion with my baby girl, and I could light off fireworks put her in ice water or strip her naked and she won't wake to eat (I don't really do that : ) I'm just saying, when a baby is sleepy and wants to sleep, it's sometimes impossible to get them to feed. Try feeding him/her when they are awake or in between their siestas to make sure they are getting an adequate amount of milk. Good luck!
how old is the baby? if he is a newborn, it is very important to try as much as possible to keep him awake. Babies that are only a few days, or even a couple of weeks old, can easily get jaundiced if they don't eat enough. The more jaundiced they get, the sleepier they get.
for a newborn- like andi said, a damp wash cloth, making them chilly by stripping them down, tickling feet can help. i found that if i stroked her chin or cheek as she was slowing it would rouse her enough to suck a little more- i just had to do it before she went into a deep sleep.
if it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep him up, and you feel he may not be getting enough, be sure to contact your ped to have him weighed. make note of how many wet/dirty diapers there are.
it wonderful that you are inquiring for your wife. the first few weeks are exceptionally overwhelming for a nursing mom, and a supportive, helpful husband can make all the difference in the world.
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