Re: 12 week old baby has green poos and fusses at breast
I'm sorry you've had some rough nights. I think the most important thing to remember is that sleep disruptions are entirely normal for young babies, due to teething, hunger, loneliness, development, etc. You shouldn't expect your child to consistently sleep long stretches (meaning 5-6 hours or more) until she's at least a year old. Now, some babies do consistently sleep long stretches, and that's awesome for mom and dad! My point here is that you shouldn't EXPECT those long stretches. Think of them as a gift from the universe, one which may be taken back at any time. And the gift may vanish no matter how you feed your kid- I have a friend whose baby is exclusively on formula and eating very large bottles during the day, and he still wakes up twice a night to eat.
Night-waking also has nothing to do with the efficiency with which your baby feeds. Babies who are highly efficient nursers will still wake to eat; again, it's developmentally normal for them to do so.
So, here are some things you can do to deal with what's going on:
- Sleep when the baby sleeps. If baby takes a nap during the day, you take a nap with her. Even just closing your eyes for 5 minutes can help a lot.
- Sleep with the baby in very close proximity. Night-waking is much more disruptive when you have to get up out of bed. If baby is sleeping in your bed or in a sidecar crib attached to your bed, you may only need to roll over, nurse, and then go back to sleep. Also, babies who sleep right next to mom are often better sleepers, since they can hear and smell mom all night long, and that eliminates a lot of waking due to loneliness. If you want safe co-sleeping tips, let us know.
- Elevate the head of baby's mattress by placing a pillow under the head of the mattress. Sleeping slightly elevated can help if reflux or gas is a component in the night-waking.
- Swaddle the baby's arms. Sometimes an overenthusiastic startle reflex can wake the baby up.
- Go back to a nightly bottle of pumped milk. It works for a lot of people, and if you want it to be part of your life, that's okay! I would just encourage you to give your new routine a little more time. Maybe things will settle down.
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