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    Hello again, maybe today has just been a bad day but i feel like i am ready to give up! Ever since i started exclusively BFing that is all my son wants to do. Today i have not been able to put him down, if i do (after he has fallen asleep) he will sleep for 10 min then wake up crying until i put him back on the breast. I dont want it to be where whenever he cries i directly give him the breast but that has how it has been today. I am his pacifier! I feel like i am not doing something right, like there something else wrong that i cant figure out. I am so new to this and with me being here all alone (husband is in training) I cant help but think something is not right, is he sick? not feeling well? It seems like the 1st week when i was giving him formula this wasnt happening. I always wanted to BF and i am so glad it all ended up working out for me but geesh is this all normal? Thanks for advice, and letting me vent

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    How old is your LO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1016 View Post
    Hello again,


    LOVE your avatar! What a precious little face.

    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1016 View Post
    maybe today has just been a bad day but i feel like i am ready to give up!
    Hang in there! We've all had days where it seems easier just to give up.

    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1016 View Post
    Ever since i started exclusively BFing that is all my son wants to do.
    Normal! Newborns need to nurse frequently (they have to double their birth weight by 6 months--that's a lot of growing!) AND nursing is comforting. Newborns love to feel close to mom.

    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1016 View Post
    Today i have not been able to put him down, if i do (after he has fallen asleep) he will sleep for 10 min then wake up crying until i put him back on the breast. I dont want it to be where whenever he cries i directly give him the breast but that has how it has been today. I am his pacifier!
    It sounds like a "frequency day", otherwise known as a growth spurt! It's normal, and it passes. Here's some info:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/spurt.html
    www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/growth-spurt.html

    You could try breast compressions to help him actively suck longer (see the link in my post to you here):
    http://forums.llli.org/showpost.php?...48&postcount=4

    Additionally, I would recommend gathering everything you might need in one place (water, a snack, magazines, remote, phone, diapers wipes, an outfit for baby, ect), then just lay back, relax, and nurse, nurse, nurse. And remember: This too shall pass!!

    Here's some more info you might find helpful:
    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/spoil.html

    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1016 View Post
    I feel like i am not doing something right, like there something else wrong that i cant figure out. I am so new to this and with me being here all alone (husband is in training) I cant help but think something is not right, is he sick? not feeling well? It seems like the 1st week when i was giving him formula this wasnt happening. I always wanted to BF and i am so glad it all ended up working out for me but geesh is this all normal? Thanks for advice, and letting me vent
    It's normal. Jus know that babies grow, and babies do get more efficient at the breast. It won't be like this forever. This is a VERY short period of time in the grand scheme of things. You blink your eyes and it's over!

    As long as your baby is having plenty of wet and poopy diapers, and is gaining and growing, frequent nursing is simply considered a normal part of baby's development. It DOES get better and it DOES get easier. Hang in there!

    Here's some helpful information:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/frequent-nursing.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/frequency.html

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    I don't have any advice to add that Home Executive did not already tell you, but I just wanted to say again that you are not doing anything wrong!! It's totally normal and it won't last forever.

    And congratulations on successfully breastfeeding your little one!
    “We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
    --Anonymous

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyped View Post
    How old is your LO?
    Hi, he is 2weeks and 3 days

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    Totally normal. It's hard but normal, hang in there
    Allie, moma to Owen born 11/23/2006 and breast feeding ever since. .

    No time for flash cards! ~fun and learning for toddlers and preschoolers.

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    My ds was just like that, I couldn't even take a shower w/out dh yelling at me that he was hungry again. It will get easier before you know it, that is so typical. Before you know it you'll have a 2 year old who doesn't want to be held.

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    My son is 1 day younger than yours and he is the same way! It is hard because I also have a 3 yr old who needs all of her demands met the moment I start nursing but today I did get somewhat of a break. He wasnt nursing quite as insanely as he usually does. Still many many times but not every 30 mins.
    Hang in there! Its worth it!
    Christine
    lots of for the cloth dipes!
    Sara Elizabeth 5.25.04 and Holden Joseph 10.18.07

    Wife to Eddie. <3


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    Welcome to the joys of nursing a newborn!! Enjoy those cuddly times because they go by so quickly and before you can blink your eyes your son will be able to nurse in mere minutes!!!
    Lisa

    Mommy to
    Logan 5-23-07
    Colby 12-14-09

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    Thank you everyone! It has gotten so much better, it was just a bad day. It's still not the easiest thing in the world but we are getting so much better Now if i could just get caught up in school and make time for my dog,

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