Re: Night time fussies (please help)
Night time fussiness is textbook normal for newborns, and it can occur no matter how you feed them. My friend's formula fed daughter screamed every night her whole first year. My formula fed nephew fussed at night most of his first year too.
My son screamed from midnight to 4 a.m. for two weeks when he was a similar age. All I could do was rock and nurse him, tuck him in a sling and walk circles around the house and nurse him, or stand at the window and bounce and nurse him. Suddenly after about two weeks, he just stopped and started fussing earlier in the evenings, and a warm bath was the only thing that would calm him down. It does get easier, but time is really the only cure for evening fussiness.
My baby was pretty happy during his 3rd month then from 5 months on. It was maddening at times, but at least it resolved itself quicker than his two formula fed counterparts. Plus comfort nursing is an extra soothing tool that you don't have if you formula feed.
ETA: Reflux, as PP mentioned, is certainly something to consider and is treatable as well.
ETA #2: Mine also had terrible gas that bothered him at night and bicycling legs and tummy massage throughout the day helped some. I also had OALD contributing to the gas, and nursing while reclined helped with that too.
Last edited by @llli*phi; May 28th, 2012 at 10:21 PM.
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