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    Am i doing something worng :(
    Anon_12703 posted:
    my newborn is almost 2 weeks old. in the first few days after bringing him home he latched well but only suckled for a few minutes before going to sleep. once his jaundice issue went away, he started nursing better. BUT!! . . at night he seems to create a big hassle for me. when he wakes up, she stays up for 3 hour stretches, as soon as he latches he goes right back to sleep. we cant keep him up even stimulating his cheeks nothing works. all he wants to do is sleep as soon as i start feeding. im at a loss and even the specialists i've called are not answering my calls for help. i cant handle the 3 hour anventure at night and i also cant handle the 4 minute feedings at night either. because than its inevitable that i get no sleep. all day today he hasnt been eating. and sleeping more im worried and i feel like i have no support at all right now. i getting very discouraged and ready to just switch to bottle feeding. some please tell me what i can do
    phoenix31674 responded:
    At this age many newborns still have night and day mixed up since when they were in the womb your movement during the day rocked them to sleep and they would be more inclined to be up at night when you were lying still.

    To help get his days flopped correctly, you should make sure you do stimulating activity with him during the day to keep him up a little bit. Keep in mind that babies this age should be sleeping about 18-20 hours a day (kind of like a cat). At night make sure to keep it as dark as possible (I just used a nightlight to see at night to change diapers). Also do as little as possible to stimulate him. If you don't have a rocking chair, I would recommend one to get him to settle back down.

    As for the lazy eating, some kids are that way. Some people have had luck completely undressing the baby so he's not as warm and cozy. My first was a very lazy eater for the first few weeks. We'd strip her down and tickle her feet. You should get in touch with a lactation consultant who can give you some more tips.

    Just remember the first couple of months are pretty rough until they get their schedule sorted out and can eat more at a stretch so they sleep more than an hour or two at a time.
    mrsjmsr responded:
    I agree with PP. With my kids, they would do that at night sometimes. They would wake up crying and when i would start nursing, they would fall asleep after like 5 mins. My Pediatrician told me that sometimes they just want to latch on and it soothes them. She told me that nursing (for the child) stimulates endorphines in the childs body, it relaxes them and can often put them to sleep very easy. I am still nursing my 12 mos old and most nights he will latch on and be sleep in about 5-10 mins.

    Dont give up nursing. Its the best thing for your baby!!
    mom2laurenmckenna responded:
    Agree whole heartily with both pp. It does get easier! Getting up and making a bottle while they cry and then the lo still falls asleep will definitely not get you anymore sleep. It is effort to keep them up more during the day, but worth it. Especially the last couple of hours before planned bed time.

    One thing you could try to give you a break, if your partner is willing, is to pump a fresh bottle right before you lay down for the night. It will keep at room temp for several hours. Then your partner can take care of a feeding or two. And you can get a bit more sleep. Plus the lo still gets breast milk. Of course if he wants comfort only, this may not suffice. Its worth a try.

    My lo is 10 months and didn't sleep more than 3 hour stretches until 5 months & no more than 5 hour stretches until almost 7 months. And yes there were times those first few months she ate every hour. I don't say this to discourage you, but so that you don't feel alone. It was a huge adjustment for me, but I'm SO glad I stuck w breast feeding!!

    Don't give up!
    Me, 36, DD 43, Lauren McKenna, 10/12/10

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