Hi there - I'm new to the forums (long time lurker, first time poster). I'm currently breastfeeding my 10 week old son and just started back to work on Monday. During the day he stays with my mother and she gives him expressed breastmilk - about 3 oz. every 2 hours (according to the general guidelines). She says that he is upset when he's done with the bottle, but can be appeased shortly after, which makes me think he's full but doesn't know it yet due to the short amount of time he is able to drain it vs. nursing. I do pump 4x for 15-20 min. each day during work and get anywhere from 5 oz. - 2.75 oz. (total) each time. So no real concerns there, since I'm pumping what he'll get each day.
Anyway - my question is regarding night time sleep... or lack thereof. I nurse him pretty much from the time I get home at 4:45 to 6:30 or 7 when he goes down for the night. Now, I expect him to wake up every 3 hours or so to eat, but the past few days he has been waking up every hour and a half and isn't settled until he nurses for a brief period of time, then he falls back asleep. I'm thinking it's just separation anxiety and him trying to make up for lost time during the day. And I totally get that he wants to nurse / eat --- but I can't continue on less than 5 hours of sleep per night. It just doesn't make me functional at work OR at home, and I have a 2 year old daughter (whom I didn't breastfeed- so this is all new to me) and husband I need to also care for in addition to work responsibilities!
Right now my son is in a bassinet next to the bed. I have read up on co-sleeping but to be honest it sounds like it creates more long-term problems than it does solutions. I'm a super light sleeper and constantly worried about my baby's safety, so I don't even know that I would benefit from MORE sleep if we went that route.
So I guess my question is - what can I do to ease my baby's anxiety, get him the food he wants AND get some sleep? Everyone keeps saying that this is only temporary, which would be fine if I knew there was some sort of end in sight!
Thank you for your advice!