My LO seems to have reached her 6 week growth spurt - for the past 3 days she is eating NONSTOP during the day. I'm fine with that, I actually enjoy having all the quality time with her - even if it annoys my in-laws My issue is that she has also started sleeping for a 5-6 hour stretch at night. Who'd have thought that I'd have an issue with too much sleep from a newborn!!!
It truly seems to be one extreme or the other - during the day, she'll take one side for 25-30 minutes, fall asleep on the breast for about 5 minutes and then wake up and take the other side for 15-20 minutes. She'll doze off for 10-15 minutes after. She's repeating this pattern every 1-1 1/2 hours from 8a-930p and in the evenings she seems really frustrated, like she's starving right after she's done. She'll fall asleep ~930. She'll nurse again around midnight and then sleeps until ~530a!!! By that time, my boobs are FULL and she'll only nurse on one side and falls asleep within 10-15 minutes, even though it doesn't feel empty and the other side is painfully aware that DD hasn't touched it in a few hours
This is taking a toll on me and making me question myself. Should I be waking her at night to feed her? Will my supply ever be "regulated"? Should I pump in the middle of the night? I've been offering each boob twice in a row and then switching (so it's the second boob from one feeding and then the first for the next) but with her nursing so frequently, should I just be alternating? Should I be block feeding or would that actually compound the problem by cutting my supply back? I'm so confused...DH will offer advice but what does he know? Not like this is anything that he's done before Of course, as soon as I think that, I feel like a major witch because he truly is so supportive and wonderful with both our girls.
It seems like this was so much easier with DD1 - although that could be through the same memory glasses that say labor wasn't so bad
Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this...the forums are such a wonderful outlet for my frustrations and I appreciate that as much as I appreciate any and all advice the wonderful moms on here have to offer!