09-24-2013 03:05 PM
I am a first time mom with a three and a half week old. I'm currently struggling because when I breastfeed, she falls asleep. Although I wake her up multiple times during a feeding, she still doesn't seem full when we finish. At night, this is incredibly stressful and frustrating. She wakes up to feed, nurses for an hour or so, then when i go to put her down, she wakes back up and acts hungry. I supplement at that point with an ounce or two of formula. If she does go down to sleep, she wakes up again within an hour to an hour and half. By the time I get in bed, and finally fall asleep, its time to wake up again to feed.
I want to give up on breastfeeding but know its whats best. Unfortunately the lack of sleep is catching up and I see no end in sight.
09-25-2013 09:53 AM
09-25-2013 02:14 PM
With my first I literally had to undress her at that age in order for her to finish a feeding. She would fall asleep and not finish eating because she'd get warm and cozy and zonk out lol. The third week is tough because like pp mentioned they have a little growth spurt somewhere in there where their tummies get bigger.
Good luck and keep trying! It does get better, I promise. If you can, I found that side nursing at night was a lifesaver for the first little bit. I just lay in bed for the night with the baby right next to me, and when they'd wake up I hooked them up on that side. Then the next time they woke up I rolled over to the other side and just hooked them up. At least if they're sleep eating I can feed them in my sleep this way
After six weeks or so it gets WAY easier. If breastfeeding is important to you, don't give up or start supplementing yet unless she isn't gaining enough weight, since it will make it so that your body doesn't make her enough milk in a few days when she finishes her growth spurt.
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10-15-2013 07:20 AM
They told me that when she fell asleep to undress her, and stroke the side of her cheek to make her reflex's kick in. Also rub the bottom of her chin
and I officially have been BFing for a year!
As for the lack of sleep.. that'll happen for quite a few more months..theres nothing you can do about that one, except time. It sucks, unfortunately. I was a walking zombie for MONTHS. Finally, around 5 months she began to sleep through the night in longer stretches, and now sleeps for the whole night (unless shes teething).
You arent doing anything wrong at all. Keep it up!
10-17-2013 11:16 AM
Hang in there girl!! Like everyone said, you're not alone. Breastfeeding is hard and the lack of sleep doesn't help but things get easier with time. I agree and think there is a growth spurt going on bc my son would do the same. Also maybe try to avoid dairy or spicy foods, anything that might be effecting the taste of your milk and see if that helps. Also burp frequently. I would also suggest to instead supplement with your milk rather than formula. Try to pump as much as possible and use a bottle and see if that works better. The cheek stroking and stroking near the chin and corner of the mouth also helped wake mine up when he fell asleep. Touching his back or the back of his neck with a cold hand helped too. As for side-lying nursing, I was too afraid to do that when he was younger but I do that now. If you can, try to nap when she does.