My baby is 12 days old now ... I posted a message on here when she was 9 days old with the same problem... My baby is constantly latched onto my boob from around tea time (4-5pmish) and she is still on now (1:39am) this normally goes on till 3am iv tried a dummy even tho I didn't want to she's just spitting it out, I wouldn't mind if she gave me a break but I can't even go to the toilet in just sat crying and crying and growing more shattered by the day as its been like this since she was born ... She is a lot more content through the day and has lots of poos we have even tried wind relief medicine as we thought it was wind but that didn't help ... She seems to get loads of milk through the day compared to night I really don't want to formula feed her as its a shame because my milk is there! Shes just so unhappy and so am I
She's not unhappy hun, shes just going through a growth spurt. My lo had his first the same age she is, and it was worse at night time. I know its very draining, but its to help your supply build up as she grows to meet her needs.
She is not unhappy, in fact she is super happy cuz her mom is there for her. Remember that she lived through major stress of being born, she lived in ur uterus for 9 months but now she is outside and it is a lot of new stuff to deal with for little one. The only familiar things she has in this world is your smell, your heart beat, your voice! Mommy is all she wants and all she knows. So it is absolutely normal for her to be latch on almost constantly. Learn to feed her while laying down, prep urself on lots of pillows and nap while she nurses. Consider co-sleeping as it makes things so much easier. It will go away i promise, and u will remember those days with smile. She will be gassy and it is absolutely normal, her digestive system is developing.
Both my kids were a bit like that, too. It's why I ended up choosing to safely co-sleep. I also learned to do just about everything with a baby attached to my boob. I was able to put them in a sling and cook dinner while they nursed. Yes, I even went to the bathroom to pee with a baby attached to me on more than one occasion.
I also figured out how to get really comfy in our big livingroom chair, get the baby all propped up properly so I was essentially hands free while they nursed, and then laid back and relaxed. I watched TV, played on the computer, read a book -- whatever. And when I was too tired to maintain that, we co-slept.
The lack of sleep is a very hard adjustment for a new mom. For sure. It took a long time for me to realize and accept that I could function on very little sleep. But I eventually managed it. Now, it's just part of things. I don't get a lot of sleep -- that's just the way of it.
As for FF -- formula will not help her sleep better. That's mostly myth. How well a baby sleeps is down to their individual personality, not how they are fed. That's been shown to be true time and time again. So, don't think a bottle of formula is like some magic sleeping pill that will settle her. It's not.
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