Re: 2.5 weeks old, constantly feeding/hungry..starving her?
Welcome to the forum!
Your baby's diaper output and weight gain seem very normal. How are her poops when you EBF? Yellow and seedy, kind of a mustardy or curry color? Or are they thin, watery, or green/greenish-brown? And how does nursing feel overall? Comfortable, or is there stills lot of pain?
It sounds like the people around you aren't that supportive or knowledgeable about breastfeeding. I think you might do well to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for hands-on help and an evaluation of how well breastfeeding is actually going. I am thinking that might restore a lot of your confidence and also provide you with a tool for dealing with criticism: "Well, my lactation consultant says I am doing everything right!"
Tips on waking a sleepy baby:
- Keep baby cool when it is time to nurse. Strip her down to a diaper or onesie when it is time to nurse, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse (not directly on baby).
- Annoy her. Tickle the soles of her feet or rub against the grain of her hair using your hand or a cool damp washcloth.
- Dim the lights. New babies may close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Use breast compressions while nursing to speed milk flow to the baby.
- Try switch nursing. When suckling slows and baby seems to be falling asleep at the breast, take her off the breast, burp her, change her diaper, and put her on the other breast. Repeat the process as many times as possible, until baby will no longer wake. Switch nursing is excellent for milk supply!
- Don't let baby go too long without nursing. They to wake her to nurse every 2-3 hours during he day and every 3-4 at night.
Don't worry too much about the sleepiness. It's a phase that will pass.
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