Baby Unsettled......??

Chelsea - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby is only 7 days old and last night she was sooooo unsettled it was driving me nuts, i went thru 6 nappies in 6 hours and she just wouldnt stop wanting to feed (breastfeed) i would feed her then bring up her wind then id had to change her and then try put her down again but in like a few seconds she's hungry again Migosh it was unreal, she kept this up from 11pm to 5am ongoing. I was like what is going on! I couldnt understand it! Is this normal?? Anyone been thru the same thing, if so how do ya seem to deal with it?

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Tammy - posted on 05/07/2010

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Sheena, I understand how hard it is to listen to a baby scream. You mentioned gas, swings, rocking, and laying on the tummy, helps with that. Also a baby with gas will want to suck so a pacifier helps with digestion but will not compound the problem by adding more unneeded food. Also 2 oz of warm water in a bottle helps put off a feeding and give him time to digest, so that he can rest better and be more comfortable. It will get better, but you can establish who runs things even at this early age, children are so smart, and it is so much easier when they are tiny to establish good habits for the future.

Gwen - posted on 05/07/2010

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She is nursing frequently to stimulate your milk supply. It's called cluster feeding. Exhausting, but fortunately temporary. She'll do that from time to time when she's having a growth spurt.

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Feraliza Feral - posted on 08/21/2012

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I have a very similar problem. My baby is 9 weeks old, but was born at 30 weeks gestation so is really about newborn size now, at 3.2kg (sorry I don't know pounds, I'm in Australia!). She was very settled in the special care nursery, but as soon as I brought her home three weeks ago, she became very unsettled. Some days are worse than others, and sometimes she might sleep for up to 3 hours, but usually she feeds, then I burp her, then she feeds again, then I burp her again, then I put her down and she acts hungry again (crying, sticking her tounge out, bringing her hands to her mouth, and sucking on anything close to her face). Sometimes if I keep feeding her every time she demands it she will powerchuck, milk pouring out nose and mouth. She also doesn't like bottles or dummies, and I don't want to give them to her anyway because this is a different kind of sucking that can confuse her when she is breastfeeding. I have found out she has gastric reflux. Also, I have an oversupply and she gets to much foremilk (high in lactose and sugar) and not enough fatty hindmilk.The sugar and lactose ferments in her bowels and produces explosive farts and diarrhoea, of a slightly greenish brown hue, and very smelly. It is a vicious cycle where she is sucking for comfort because of the pain in her bowels and her stomach, and the extra food makes it worse. She will not be satisfied without feeding though and I also cannot let her cry. It's a very tricky situation. I have found it helps to hold her upright for most of the day in a sling (called a hugabub, a Byron Bay company, look it up online) and sleep with her next to me at night. I was also a bit worried about cosleeping but like you I found that I am ultra aware of her every move and would never role on to her. Just make sure she cannot role out of bed, get wedged or have a pillow or duna smother her. Also NEVER cosleep if anyone in the bed is intoxicated, these things reduce the risk of harm to your baby when cosleeping. Good luck, and much as I don't think I have a golden ticket answer, (I came here looking for one too!) at least you know you are not alone. Don't let anyone tell you to take your baby off the breast or let him cry. I am told it will get better, but also, my Aunty said, from when her daughter was born, she couldn't sleep at night. Now her baby is 16 and she still can't sleep at night! Nobody ever said motherhood was easy, but you just have no idea how hard it is until you are there. yikes.

Sheena - posted on 05/08/2010

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thanks tammy lol but.. he doesnt take pacifiers.. he hates them.. he hates the bottle n wont take it even when im gone to school for 4 hours (i only go once a week thank god) ive tried everything for his gas.. i go to a young mothers group n they have taught me like every single trick to do for gas n like sometimes they well work sometimes they wont... he wont even take water.. i know its good to start good habits when there young im actually going to school to become an early childhood educator but ive tried everything wit him n nothing works... his stubborn like me lol i was a "its my way or the highway" kind of baby as well so i guess hes taking after me.. the only difference is i could pass out for hours n u could move me all over n i wouldnt wake up.. this little bugger i move a pinky n he wakes up lol if u know anything else i can do let me know.. thanks

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2010

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Are you absolutely sure she is doing it because he is hungry? Maybe she is just a baby that needs a lot of cuddling, and it is about comfort. Sometimes we misread them, by thinking that if they are dry and warm, they must be hungry. She may just be wanting to be held for a while. Some babies need this more than others. Does she settle when you pick her up and allow her to snuggle?

Just a thought anyway. My little girl was like that, and it wasn't about wanting to feed, just about wanting some mummy love time.

Sheena - posted on 05/07/2010

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thanks tammy but ive tried putting him on a schedule.. doesnt work... the only thing ive been able to get him on is bathing n then bed between 8 n 9 at night.. n he seems to always wake up around 6 with really bad gas so thats the time i have to get up to help him out n then i never can get back to sleep... he feeds whenever he wants.. today he was feeding about every 2 hours n he stays up for about 2 hours n then has a nap.. some naps r like 5 mins n some r like an hour.. i know some people make there babies hold off until 3 hours n then feed them but i just cant do that to him.. he well scream bloody murder until i finally give him it even if i just fed him like 30 mins before.. probably when i start him on food things well get better :)

Tammy - posted on 05/07/2010

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Shenna I'm sorry it has been rough for you, it should be much easier than that, looking into some baby books with hints on scheduling, sleeping and eating patterns will simplify your life and put you in control a little. I have a couple ideas in my reply to Chelsea, I hope they help you get into a less stressful position, God bless!

Sheena - posted on 05/07/2010

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i had the same problem wit my son when he was only 20 hours old he fed from 7 at night to 9 the next morning 15 mins eating, 5 mins sleeping.. i was so tired n then my doctor walked in she looked at me n was like give him furmula.. apparently the first bit of milk (i forgot wat its called) was only filling him up for a few mins n then he would wake up for more so my doctor told me to give him formula so i could sleep.. my real milk came in that night.. he wasnt even 24 hours old.. they say usually the really milk comes in on the 4th or 5th day... he sucked so much he got the real stuff in so fast.. n he is now almost 4 months old n still eats like this.. i couldnt n still cant put him down to sleep or he well wake up right away.. he doubled his birth weight at only 2 months old.. they usually double by 6 months old.. i was totally against him sleeping in the bed wit me but i gave in when he was about 1 month old cuz i was only getting about 2 hours sleep everyday.. now he sleeps in my bed wit me wit a boob in his face cuz its the only way for me to get sleep.. i really want him out of my bed cuz im scared i well roll over on him.. but i find im so aware that hes there even when im really tired. like he well move his head a little bit n i know hes trying to get the boob n so i wake up right away give him it n then go back to sleep... if i ever try to put him down after feeding him he wakes up within a min n starts crying for more food.. seriously how much food does a little guy need.. o n he poops sooo much! before he was 3 months old he would poop about 10 times a day.. now its slowed down to about 4 poops a day.. thank god! lol i hope u dont end up having the same problem as me.. i wasnt really going anywhere either cuz as soon as we got out the door he would cry for more food... i now have a 16 lbs 6 oz almost 4 month old who is sooo long he fits clothes for 12 months old hes already in size 3 diapers can sit by himself (like on the floor wit nothing touching him) for about a min before falling over (he was 3 months old when he first sat alone) he can stand up by himself for about 10 seconds.. my back is killing me my boobs r tired yet i love him n i know it well get better... i wish u good luck wit ur baby n i hope u dont have such a hungry baby like mine... when u get frustrated just remember theres babies out there that r worse! good luck!

Mary - posted on 05/07/2010

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when my 1st was a baby i went thru the same thing didnt relize the back discomfort i had was a uterine infection and had dried up my milk make sure you still have milk is it possible the baby has cramps when the last poop when their uncofortable they often like to suck on things it gives them comfort good luck try a warm towel from the dryer wrapped around it may help ar try swaddle her tightly(not to tight0 some babies get comfort that way to

Tammy - posted on 05/06/2010

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It's hard to know what a baby needs sometimes. The first few weeks were hard for me too. First, is she gaining weight? Does she suck fully, can you see her swallow and can you tell she is getting milk? If that is all in line, this is what I did..,,,I started to write down when the baby ate and slept. Often new Moms feed when a child just needs some interaction, a diaper change or a nap. At seven weeks she should be sleeping quite a bit, eating every 3 hours and be awake for only a couple hours at a time. I would nurse 10 min on each side, burp her and write down when she ate, write down how long she sleeps. Then the next time she seems fussy, check her diaper, pat her back, check your notes and only feed her if it has been at least 2 1/2 hours, otherwise she may need to sleep again. If you are okay with a pacifier ( all 5 of my children used them for some time), they are great for comfort sucking, which also settles their stomach by helping with digestion. That way mom is not just a pacifier. Also to help with the night time stuff, nap during the day when she does, and don't be afraid to let her cry a couple minutes so you can finish a chore. One last thing, all my kids had a little extra feeding and Mommy time before before bed so I could make sure they had full bellies and no gas. Hope this helps, God bless, He gave that baby to you, you can do this!

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