I thought I was doing great with the breastfeeding - day after we brought him home he was back up to his birth weight -1 oz albeit jaundiced. His two week ped appt he was up 1lb 3oz from birthweight. He would be fussy during the night but at around 4-5am he would go down for about 3-4 hours which was how I survived those early weeks.
Now he is nursing CONSTANTLY - and he isnt falling asleep for more then 15 minutes - usually waking up when I move to get more comfortable or to cover a chilly breast with a small blanket. Longest sleep he has had since Saturday was 2 hours this morning - he just takes these tiny cat naps and then cant be appeased until he is back on the breast. unfortunatly these tiny catnaps make it impossible for me to get any sleep. And I am a large breasted woman and cant cosleep/nurse comfortably (i feel like I could suffocate him by accident or he cant latch on correctly unless I flatten the areola so he can get a painfree latch)
My husband is getting frustrated with my short temper right now and I am getting frustrated that it feels like I cant satisfy him enough to sleep even for an hour. I am at my wits end and seriously eyeing the formula samples we got at the hospital. I know my husband has been sneaking him formula to try and let me get some sleep - but I am at my wits end about him not sleeping and just wanting to nurse constantly. I have been pumping as often as I can - but due to my son lately screaming if I move him away from the nipple even if he appears to be asleep I cant pump.
he usually has a wet diaper every 45 minutes or so and 2-4 LARGE BMs a day so I know he is getting enough - I just dont know how much longer I can go without any sleep