Taking my 6 week old baby to work

Jenica - posted on 10/18/2014 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My baby only sleeps in my arms, and after 6 weeks I have to work, but I can take her with me. I need to try to get her to nap somewhere else besides my arms. I won't get any work done like that! Help!!

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Jenica - posted on 11/12/2014

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I am on day 3 of taking her to work with me. She is fine as long as I have her in the sling, with hands free. My job is a desk job, and so far, it is not a problem. But my problem now is that she had had problems, and it makes her fussy because of the pain. So being in the sling, car seat, held in my arms, on the rock and play, everything is uncomfortable to her. :/ poor baby! I need to find a solution in my diet. I don't know what's causing it. Or what to eat so that I stay healthy in the process of elimination

Sarah - posted on 10/20/2014

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Yes nursing every hour is normal and I support nursing on demand. But for baby to be at the breast for three hours straight? That is non-nutritive nursing, she's satisfying her suckling need. If you are content to do that for your baby, fine. I just think it may interfere with her being able to work at all, sling or no sling.
Jenica, maybe the nest time you try the pacifier, run it under warm water or keep it close to your body. If it is not room temp she may grab on more eagerly. I know pacifiers can be controversial and I was once anti-pacifier. However, my first was so fussy and I was so sore and tired that "yummy" as it was called, saved my sanity.
I thin the vibrating chair is a great idea too.

A - posted on 10/20/2014

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See if you can get one of those little vibrating chairs that you can lay her down in when she gets too heavy. Is there a place in your office that she can be in that she won't be disturbed?

Dove - posted on 10/20/2014

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Nursing every hour is normal for a lot of newborns. It also helps keep up your supply.

Jenica - posted on 10/20/2014

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I've started this week putting her down more. It doesn't last long, but I'm trying to get her used to it. I've also tried a paci a few times. She screams bloody murder when I try to give it to her, but strangly enough, if she actually manages to start sucking on it, she actually likes it. Silly girl :) I'll just keep working on it!

Sarah - posted on 10/19/2014

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Hopefully you can start to encourage baby to spend time out of your arms. Even with a sling I found it hard to perform tasks in front of me. Also, nursing for hours is going to wear you out! Are you open to trying a pacifier? That way baby can satisfy her need to suck without non-nutritive nursing so much. In 3 weeks you will probably have started a bit of a rhythm with baby's schedule. Just try to get as much rest as you can. Taking care of baby is a full time job already!

Jenica - posted on 10/19/2014

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I do have a sling. That will probably be what I do, but I'm also wondering how she will be at 6 weeks. At 3 weeks she seems to want to nurse ever hour, and if she's not eating or sleeping, she gets really fussy. As I type now, I've been nursing her for 3 hours straight. It's really exhausting, and I can't imagine dealing with that at work

Dove - posted on 10/18/2014

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Do you have a baby sling type of thing? That way you can carry and hold her, but leave your hands free to do what needs done.

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