Plz help me, breast feeding all day long

Marian - posted on 10/18/2014 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi,my baby is two weeks old, and i am sleepless and exhausted. My baby breastfeed for 20 minutes then falls asleep for 10 minutes,he wakes up crying and hungry, I am exhausted and i am breastfeeding him all the time. Any advice

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Jenica - posted on 11/12/2014

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My baby girl did the same thing. I was worried that I was feeding her too much, plus I was so exhausted. This is all Normal, trust me. If your baby is hungry, feed him/her. Typically this is there way of getting your milk going? Or they are having a growth spurt. Trust me when I say that each week gets easier and easier. I found that laying on the bed and feeding baby while she lays beside me has become a life saver. Breastfed babies don't need to burp as much as bottle fed, so I will let her fall asleep next to me after she is done. Plus it gives you a chance to rest as well. It is a little awkward at first, but it gets easier as they grow. You can look it up on YouTube as a breastfeeding position. :) I hope this helps!! Hang in there. I am at 6 weeks with my LO and she is growing a learning everyday with me, and it's all getting easier and easier. Your baby needs you and it's a lot of work, but well worth it!

Lori - posted on 10/27/2014

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Well, I fed my girls on demand throughout the full first year. But they started to go longer and longer in between feeds on their own, so it wasn't like I was feeding a 10 month old every hour. Every month makes a HUGE difference in the development of your baby. The first 6 weeks are generally the hardest, and things do get easier. The first 6 weeks, you are recovering from labor, and your baby is VERY needy. Taking care of babies needs is a 24 hour job, and can be very difficult when you also need rest.

After taking a bottle, some babies do get frustrated with the breast as it's generally easier to get milk out of a bottle, and yes, baby can become a bit lazy. But offering the breast again will help keep your supply up. Most women find that exclusively pumping leads to earlier weaning, as it's difficult to pump enough constantly, and not everyone responds well to the pump. Just keep nursing him. By constantly nursing, he will increase your supply naturally, and then be more satisfied when he does nurse. Also remember that a newborns tummy is TINY… On day one, it's about the size of a cherry, and can hold about 1 teaspoon of liquid. By 1 week, it's about the size of an apricot and can hold about 1.5 - 2 oz. By 1 month 2.5 - 5 oz. http://www.deeprootsathome.com/is-your-n...

http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nu...

Lori - posted on 10/18/2014

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Congratulations Momma! Sounds like you have a normal baby! The first several weeks are exhausting. There is no other way to put it! But don't worry… it does get better.

First of all: A newborn should nurse on cue. He should be nursing AT LEAST 10 - 12 times per day (24 hours). You CAN'T nurse too often - you CAN nurse too little.

As long as your baby is gaining weight and having enough pees and poo's, then you know your baby is getting enough. A newborn nurses for many reasons. Food is obvious… but they also nurse for comfort… and this is important for their development and to help maintain your milk supply.

This article from KellyMom is a great start on what to expect when nursing a newborn.
http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nu...

I know those first weeks can be VERY difficult. Try to get help when you can with all the other things that need done. Your most important job is feeding the baby. That can take ALL day and ALL night and leave you very little time for anything else. But as baby gets older, he will begin spacing out his feedings more and more and you'll get a chance to do other things too.

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Marian - posted on 12/15/2014

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U r not alone, my baby is two months now,don't worry things will get better by time, I was so depressed at first, crying is totally normal, my nipples were so sore, so take Ur time and enjoy every moment

Colleenmohr180 - posted on 12/14/2014

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My daughter is 1 week and 3days. I'm constantly nursing as well!!! I feel so discouraged like I'm not feeding her enough because it seems like she nursing every 45 minutes. She sleeps for about an hour then she's angry again. I thought I was the only one who felt like they were going crazy.

Marian - posted on 11/26/2014

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Thanks for your supportive reply, i felt I am not alone, I am exhausted and frustrated,he is eight weeks now and still breastfeeding till he falls asleep and 10 minutes later he is crying. My doctor said burping should help but it's not. If I bottle fed him formula milk, would I be able to regulate it better?? I am just too tired and I wanna go out,I feel like I am trapped at home

Kristy - posted on 11/18/2014

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I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM!!!!!!
My baby is now 10 weeks old and doing much better, but for a minute I thought I would go nuts!!!! I literally had my boob in the baby's mouth 24/7. She would eat for a few minutes, fall asleep and when I would take it away and when she'd wake up to realize it, she would panic!! I consulted a lactation specialist, other breastfeeding moms and every forum I could possibly read online. The only thing anyone would tell me was to just give it to her and wait it out. Um, hello .... I needed to do things like clean, take care of the other kids, actually sit in a Church service and um, maybe occasionally BATHE!! lol. Also, it stunk b/c there is my poor husband who was so excited about the baby and he could never even hold her, nor could grandparents or visitor that came to see her. It was embarassing.
The only thing I can suggest is that I let my baby feed on one breast for 30 minutes and I pump the other breast at the same time and give her that in a bottle and that seems to satisfy her more and she rests better. Also, I know I will probably get blacklisted for this, but I started when she was about 4 weeks old putting about a teaspoon of rice cereal in her bottles and that helped so, so much.
I hope you find a solution that helps you get some rest. Nobody really understands b/c everyone just thinks you can stick a boob in their mouth and everything is hunky-dory, but no one really knows unless you've been there ... and I've been there!!! I'm a survivor!! Hold on mom, it'll get better.

Marian - posted on 10/27/2014

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Then for how long I am going to breast feed him on demand?? I am exhausted and breastfeeding all the time, sometimes for an.hour or more and sometimes he breast feed for 10 Min to sleep only half an hour.I am afraid he became lazy to breastfeed as I used to pump and bottle feed him my milk for a week as my nipples hurt so bad

Lori - posted on 10/26/2014

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A breastfed baby should eat on demand. Schedules don't generally work well for breastfed babies.

Neither of my girls ever took a pacifier. For the record… pacifiers were made to replace the "real" thing. Comfort nursing is important for your baby.

Marian - posted on 10/25/2014

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Thx for all the supportive replies, I am really thankful. I can't wait for this phase to pass, my baby is three weeks now and i am supposed to regulate his feeding every 2 or three hours but that seems to be impossible Specially that he won't take a pacifier.

Cherub's - posted on 10/24/2014

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Aww Mommy pump.LOL. If you can manage while you are feeding on one side (electric pump) on the other side. Storing your milk gives others the ability to feed the baby while you sleep. Although i still dont think you will get much of that with your breast aching, This will go away in time. If you are in pain, Mom take something that you Doc approves of. We dont have to be brave but be sane.

Natasha - posted on 10/24/2014

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It feels like I was just where you are but my baby is 9 months old now. I almost gave up but am happy to report that your baby and you will get through this sooner than you think! Find a comfy spot and just relax. Listen to music, watch a movie, whatever you need to do to pass the time. You won't be in this phase forever. Blessings.

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