July 21st, 2016, 09:36 AM
-Almost 5 weeks old
-Diapers are "normal" and output is about 6 poopy & 10 wet per day
-Unsure of exact weight (Dr appt on Monday) but feels heavier and is outgrowing clothes and diapers
I have a couple questions..
Firstly, I'm wondering about my baby's sleep patterns. When he was 2 weeks old, he would sleep in 2-3 hour blocks at night. Now, I feel he is regressing. He has been waking about every hour and a half. Last night, he awoke once after only 45 minutes. Growth spurt? Also, he doesn't really take long naps during the day. Sometimes, it's like he fights his sleep. I will try to put him down, and then boom his eyes are wide open again. He has always been a drowsy nurser, though. His eyes are closed 90% of the time, and he frequently will fall asleep, then unlatch, and may rouse and re-latch.
Second, he sometimes becomes fussy at the breast. I'm trying to figure out the pattern of when this occurs. It seems that it is usually in the evening (like his last feeding before bed), or when he didn't sleep much the day before. So, all signs point to tiredness (I think?). Anyway, he will squirm, grunt, sometimes get red in the face, his arm will go wild-hitting himself and me-and he will pull away while latched..taking my poor nipple with him! Then, when he comes off, he will cry and cry. Even with my nipple in his mouth. I'm wondering what (if anything) I can do to help? Eventually he calms down enough to nurse, but it's very taxing on both of us-and my nipples! I pay...