Hi there! I'm new to these boards, but I am SO GLAD I found them! Allen is my little boy and he'll be three weeks old tomorrow.
He had a rough start into the world - my plan for a natural birth at a birth center was derailed with back labor and failure to progress and ended with a c-section plus him spending 2 days in special care nursery. Breastfeeding while he was in SCN was almost impossible but we tried. He came home on day 3 and was hungry - but I had no milk. After a minor meltdown, we regrouped and on day 4 we were back to exclusive breastfeeding.
So far, so good. He latches well and I have no soreness or pain. We have lots of wet and messy diapers so I'm sure he's getting enough. But what is up with cluster feeding in the middle of the night? He nurses CONSTANTLY from about 10pm to 1 or 2am. And I mean constantly - he only wants to be at the breast.
What I'm trying to figure out now is, is he just using me for comfort? Should I be teaching him some other way to self-soothe? Is he too young for that? WILL THIS END?
At first he nurses, then he falls asleep latched on. I can't tell if he's still nursing or just comfort sucking. Once he pops off, he's asleep. As soon as he's in his crib and I hit the pillow - he's up again! And he's rooting! So, back to the rocking chair again to nurse.
I've tried just sitting with him or rocking/swaying with him but he doens't fall asleep unless he's at the breast. Should I be letting him fall asleep like that? Will he learn to only fall asleep sucking?
I'm thinking there aren't any real answers to this. I think time will work it out - eventually. He's a big boy - born 9lb 14oz, came home 9lb 2oz, and last Wed he was 10 lb. Hopefully after his 3 week growth spurt he'll even out some. I just need reassurance that it will end!