Yesterday, 10:06 AM
I want to start this reply with two things: mothering a newborn is really tiring, hard, constant work. You deserve, as every new mom deserves, to have a really hearty support system around you that can take care of almost everything outside of nursing the baby. Walking the dogs, doing the laundry, diaper and bath, cooking you nourishing and easy-to-hold-with-one-hand foods, etc. You mention that your husband has been taking a 5-6 hour stretch, so it seems like he's game to be really supportive in this, which is great! Other than him, what does your support system look like? Are you living close to other family; what are your relationships with neighbors, etc? Because this is hard physical and emotional work!- and it's normal for it to be hard. And knowing something is normal still doesn't make it easier, but it sometimes can help keep perspective, and help not to pathologize it.
Secondly: You are the expert on your own family. So any commentary or thoughts or suggestions that people share here, myself included-- just take it or leave it, because you can make the right informed decisions for yourself and your family.
Alright, alright, that said-- is there a reason, outside of this normal new born phase, that you are medically/psychologically needing more rest? Are you healing from a complex C-section, or have a medical condition that requires that 5-6 hour stretch? I ask because, if you are able to just roll with your babe's natural nursing pattern right now (a pattern...