Mommas, it's been almost a week and the around-the-clock-non-stop nursing continues, along with its good friend, extreme sleep-deprivation (the other night my LO slept for 3 hours total and nursed the rest of the time). Did I also mention that she doesn't really nap for longer than 30 minutes at a time during the day?
Oh and at the moment of despair I tried to offer her a pacifier, but she vehemently rejected it (and actually got more upset by it). I guess I've got a smart baby on my hands, who wouldn't settle for a dummy if there's the real thing nearby.
The good news is that at the one month pediatrician appointment everything looked great: she has been gaining an ounce a day.
I've also tried side-laying again, but her latch is not good enough in that position and it was hurting pretty bad. Oh well...
Will I ever sleep again?
when you're nursing while laying on your side, are you using a rolled up towel under your breast? Sometimes it's just a matter of making sure that your breast is at the right height for your baby's mouth. Hang in there mama, things WILL get better.
My little bit is 11 days old today. He's had a tough run. I had a c-section at 37wks after developing pre-eclampsia at 36wks. He couldn't keep his blood sugar up in the hospital and was supplemented with formula. It took 3 days to get off the formula to straight breastfeeding but then he was diagnosed with the beginning of jaundice so the pediatrician said to feed every 2 hours. Well little dude does NOT want to eat that often! It takes over 20min to wake him up, and even then he'll just suck for a bit then hang out. I started using nipple shields since he's got a heckuva latch but read that it can affect the flow of the milk so that it might be taking longer to feed but when I tried no guards today it was back to square one as far as latching on, etc. Any advice? Besides hang in there, that's a given :o) He's worth EVERYTHING, but I wish it wasn't quite the battle…