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    Default Baby not happy unless she's latched on

    My daughter is a week old and is latched constantly if she's not in a good sleep. She is not happy if she isn't latched on. I think she is using me as a pacifier. I'm afraid to sleep with her in my bed bc I don't want to hurt her but I don't know how else im going to sleep bc she likes to feed/suck a lot. Is this normal? I've been avoiding the pacifier because I don't want her to be confused or miss feedings. Is it too early to try a binky? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Baby not happy unless she's latched on

    She's just helping to calibrate your milk so for now let it be and go ahead and be the pacifier

    It will do 3 things... #1 Assure your milk supply is regular and good and high #2 will keep producing more Oxytocin which will contract your uterus faster so you can get back to being skinny again faster... #3 Those lovely Oxytocin hormones will help you love your baby more... AS IF YOU COULD THINK you cant love her anymore.. then .. YOU DO... LOL

    HTH

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    Default Re: Baby not happy unless she's latched on

    Pefectly normal for a newborn. A pacifier is just a fake nipple, so if a baby uses one, he/she is just using it as a nipple, not the other way around. It's what babies are meant to do. It will help ensure you have a good supply, which is important at this stage. If you are concerned about sleeping with your baby their are some resources that can help you do it safely. I hadn't planned on cosleeping but it was the only way I could function with DS2. Here is a link to check out:

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t102200.asp
    Beth

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    Default Re: Baby not happy unless she's latched on

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*samiha View Post
    Pefectly normal for a newborn. A pacifier is just a fake nipple, so if a baby uses one, he/she is just using it as a nipple, not the other way around. It's what babies are meant to do. It will help ensure you have a good supply, which is important at this stage. If you are concerned about sleeping with your baby their are some resources that can help you do it safely. I hadn't planned on cosleeping but it was the only way I could function with DS2. Here is a link to check out:

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t102200.asp
    I totally agree!
    Don't fret, constant nursing is just a stage. It's good for mamas and young babies to spend lots and lots of time together, and basically never be seperated. It's good for mamas to bond with their children and recover from pregnancy. It will pass. When baby gets more mobile s/he will start wanting to explore more of the world.
    Katharine
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    mid-August DD (2010) & DS (2011 VBAC)
    Ouch! Is it thrush or Raynaud's phenomenon?

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    Default Re: Baby not happy unless she's latched on

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*samiha View Post
    Pefectly normal for a newborn. A pacifier is just a fake nipple, so if a baby uses one, he/she is just using it as a nipple, not the other way around. It's what babies are meant to do. It will help ensure you have a good supply, which is important at this stage. If you are concerned about sleeping with your baby their are some resources that can help you do it safely. I hadn't planned on cosleeping but it was the only way I could function with DS2. Here is a link to check out:

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t102200.asp
    Two of mine (#1 and #3) insisted on being attached to me all the time at that age. Just go with it. It will save you time in the long run.
    Susan
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