My son was born early and fed almost constantly for the first month. He did have some feeding issues initially (no suck/swallow mechanism) so we had to use SNS with EBM. But once he could latch/suck/swallow he was on my boob constantly. They do nurse a ton at first to increase supply, but also because they can only fit a tiny amount in their tummy at a time. My son also liked to comfort suck so basically didn't want to be anywhere but my boob generally.
Once my supply got regulated he started feeding every 2.5h around the clock and it slowly got less and less over the months that followed as he could eat more at one time. During growth spurts they go back to nursing constantly again as well. xxx
Have you considered co-sleeping? Many babies wake up as soon as they're put into a Moses basket, so you have to feed them back to sleep all over again. We never had any success with getting Isabella to sleep alone, so embraced co-sleeping very early on. It can be done safely as long as no one in the house is a smoker. Have the baby between yourself and a wall or bed rail (not in between you and your partner), keep duvets and pillows well away and never co-sleep when drunk. The hormones you produce as a breastfeeding mother stop you from sleeping too deeply, so you will not roll on the baby. You'll all get a lot more sleep this way. Even if you just co-sleep for a few naps during the day you'll feel so much more rested and be able to deal with the nights more easily.
You could also try babywearing rather than trying to put the baby down to sleep. Babies sleep much more happily when cuddled up to mummy than in a cold empty Moses basket! Try a stretchy wrap from Victoria Sling Lady if you don't have anything yet. They're only £11 so you can't go wrong!
Above all, remember that you're doing amazingly to still be persevering with breastfeeding despite the difficult start. Be proud of yourself, and remember that as long as the baby is having plenty of wet and dirty nappies, the behaviour you've described is completely normal. Babies cluster feed like this in order to boost your supply. So every long, difficult feed is improving your supply and bringing you closer to the time when it will become easier.
mine does this sometimes. she uses my boob as a soother sometime. i sleep with her as thats the only way she will sleep at night right now(6 days old) and i am topless, on my side with her in the crook of my arm so shes by my on breast so she will sometimes suck on in for comfort.
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