This is my first post, normally I find answers without having to post; thank you for this valuable resource!!!
Anyhow, my 4 week old baby girl is wonderful and rarely cries or screams (except when I don't get the boob out fast enough!)
BUT my conundrum is this. She nurses for 15 minutes, naps for 15 minutes (only in my arms though! RARELY in the bassinet, crib or pack n play....), then wants to play for 15 minutes. Overnight I swear she has become so active and talkative!
I'm so worn out though. My worries are that she's grazing and using the nipple as a pacifier out of boredom because she will just put the nipple in her mouth and mess with it or go right to sleep with it in her mouth (she loves to play with daddy! But when she's anywhere near me, she only wants on the breast, won't play with me as much. I'm fun too, we can do more than just nurse!!! ) Earlier I tried to put her in the Baby Bjorn but she would just scream/headbutt my breasts and want to eat.
My other concern is that she seems to be getting increasingly cranky and over-tired. I can verify that *I'm* certainly not getting any sleep, I don't think she is either.
And honestly I would love an hour or two without nursing. My boobs hurt and I want to read the newspaper! I've considered trying to institute a little bit of a schedule, just so she will actually eat a whole meal and have a whole nap. But I know she's still really little ...
Thanks in advance for any advice.
**Edited to add that for the first couple weeks, she would fall asleep at the breast and it was a major struggle to get her to have a whole meal.