So this morning I got up and said to myself, "my baby is five weeks old today. I need to start working her out of requiring us to sleep if I'm ever gonna have my bed baby free again." So I decided to start with getting her to nap alone. I laid down with her in our bed, one step at a time, and nursed her until she fell asleep. Then I left her there. The first time I did this today, she slept 50 minutes by herself. The second time, 2 1/2 hours! And I left her just over an hour ago for her third nap of the day! I was expecting a really hard day of cranky, not sleeping baby from her waking up every time I left! Maybe she was ready all along and it was us wanting to cuddle her all the time while she was sleeping. Next step will be getting her to sleep in her co-sleeper during the day and then, dare I say it, at night.
Ladies I need some expert advice! We seem to be in a never ending circle of snacking and napping and I'm about at the end of my tether! Despite seeming to be constantly on my boobs, where he feeds up to an hour, I don't think he's actually taking a lot of milk. This, I think is resulting in him only catnapping, and creating this snack nap cycle. My boobs are so sore, I'm tied to the house and so bloody knackered!!!! I'm feel like I'm about to stop bf, it was so much easier to ff ds, but I know I'll regret it later and feel like I failed again. Any advice please????????
Is it just recent and is a growth spurt or always like this? The only thought I had is to top off with formula at some point to see if he will sleep longer and break the cycle? Hopefully it will resolve itself... Hang in there!! The sore boobies are the worst!!
Eva goes through stages of doing this, but it doesn't last. I think its related to her growing. Have you tried expressing and giving a bottle to give your breasts a break. Thats what was suggested to me by the nursery nurse at my breastfeeding group. Hope it eases for you soon and in the meantime keep slapping on the lansinoh.
Melly I was going to say the same thing as Lilah, perhaps express a bottle & see how that goes. Harry fed what seemed like all day yesterday & did the cat napping thing too, but if its everyday for you I understand you must really need a break!! Goodluck!
Thanks everyone, its been like this for the best part of a week. Last night he had both boobs and was still rooting for more. Luckily I had some expressed in the fridge, and in the end he had both boobs plus an extra 6oz! Poor lad must have been starving. He then slept from midnight til 5am. Maybe I'm just not making enough milk for him?
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