What do I do with a 2 month old who wants to BF all the time?
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Brianna - posted on 01/08/2012
my sister inlaw had that problem with her first because she wouldnt take a pasifier so she used her moms nipple as a human pasifier lol so maybe see if she will take a pasifier? or if thats not the problem.. maybe hes hungry hows ur milk flow? is he getting enough milk BF?.. my milk flow wasnt enough for my daughter so i had to formula and BF her.
Elfrieda - posted on 01/08/2012
It's a difficult time. You just keep feeding him, that's all I know.
If you can, when people ask "can I help?" or "can I come over?" ask them to hold the baby while you take a 20-minute powernap or do something you need to do for yourself (like a shower, jog, etc) Don't worry about putting them out. Just help another new mom the same way when you feel more settled. (around 9 months is when I started to feel a bit sane)
Don't take it personally when other moms go on about how they love to hold their kids all day long (implying that if you don't, you don't love your son as much). People are different. Personally, I love the 2 year old stage. I hated the 0-6 month stage. I would never say "terrible twos". I think they are great!
Also, if you can, find a lactation consultant. I didn't, and the stress of constantly holding or nursing the baby, even though he slept well through the night, dried up my milk to the point where I had to supplement because he wasn't gaining any weight. I think a good lactation consultant might be able to help you get more in him at a time so that he can go for longer without nursing. But that's just a guess, since I was too foggy-brained to find one for myself. I've heard they're great, though.
Do what you can to survive, because it really does get better. This too shall pass!
And when you feel up to it, you can work on teaching him to sleep better, too. You could start already by not running every time he squeaks, wait until you're sure he's awake, not just at a turning point in the sleep cycle.
Sarah - posted on 01/11/2012
I know it's tiring, but that's what 2 month olds do. They breastfeed often (sometimes every hour) then will space out. Every time they hit a growth spurt will nurse more to increase your milk supply (usually growth spurts are around 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months). Do you have anyone that can help and give you a break for a couple hours so you can nap in the day? It's so difficult having an infant, and there is no shame in asking a friend or family member for some help. Or maybe you can ask them to come help with a meal prep or cleaning until the baby is sleeping better and you are feeling more rested. Hang in there, it gets better!
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