Hello everyone. I'm new here, so I apologize if my question has been answered or seems silly.
My daughter Noella is 1 week old and it seems like she is hungry a LOT. In the hospital, she was eating for about 20 minutes every two hours or so, which the nurses said was great. Now that I have her home, she will sleep for about 3-4 hours, then wake up and want to eat every hour for about 4 hours. Last night was pure torture... She was up from 9-3am and wanted to eat every hour. That's 7 hours in a row! I felt totally used and exhausted by 3 am. She did sleep a lot during the day though, so I don't know if that's just her body's way of catching up or if there's something else I should be doing...
I honestly don't know what to do. When she cries after an hour, we try to soothe her in other ways, but she'll do the "baby bird" thing, searching everywhere for a nipple. She will not settle for anything less, and I'd hate to be starving her.
I wanted to add, currently she's eating about 8-10 min on one breast, then if she doesn't fall asleep, she will eat for about 8-10 min on the other breast. Sometimes she's just so sleepy that she will either be barely eating or fall asleep right in the middle of eating and will absolutely NOT wake up.
Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks a bunch.