I was wondering if there are any mothers who can relate! My husband and I are exhausted and we need some help!
We have a three month old baby girl and since she never sleeps for long periods of time. The longest is a two hour nap at around 12pm in the afternoon. The rest of her "naps" are usually no longer than 20 minutes. The only way we can get any sleep at night is by breastfeeding her in bed, and I don't just mean feeding her and then going to sleep. She has to actively be on the breast to sleep! I will wait up to half an hour before trying to quietly break her off but 9 out of 10 times she will wake up instantly and start fussing and burst into tears if she doesn't get the breast back.
Sometimes I am able to take her off and she falls asleep, but if we put her in her car seat to nap or in our bed, she will be awake and crying within five minutes. Even if I let her sleep on my lap it isn't for long!
I used to be able to lie down with her and breastfeed her to sleep and then at least manage to sleep through her sucking all night but lately she has been breaking off the breast and bursting into tears and nothing will console her.
She has thrush but we gave her medication for a few weeks and couldn't beat it. One of the doctors we saw even said that because it's only on her tongue, we don't need to bother treating it. It doesn't seem to bother her in the daytime though, as she is a different baby in the mornings and very calm and easy to put to sleep. I also think she might have reflux as her stomach is often grumbling and she makes painful faces before waking up.
I'm so worried about her not sleeping and I'm worried if I don't have enough milk (she keeps breaking off and crying?) In addition, she poops two to three times a day and they are usually very watery diarrhea with a foul smell.
I'm out of ideas and I hate to let her "cry it out" but even if we walk her and let her cry, she will still sleep only a few minutes before needing to breastfeed or bursting into tears.
I have no idea what to do! Any suggestions would be great. Did any of your babies do this? She refuses a pacifier or a bottle of pumped milk, too.
Thanks for the help!