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I need some survival tips from breastfeeding moms on how to get through this newborn stage. I feel like ALL I do is nurse 24 / 7. As soon as I fall asleep, he's up again. This is only day 6 of being home and I'm desperate for rest. I really want to nurse exclusively but I'm beginning to get why people turn to the bottle. HELP
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Last edited by MissyJ; 09-16-2013 at 07:49 PM.
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Hang in there! I remember feeling like a walking zombie for a while but it really does get better! One reason my little ones were nursing more frequently was that they were never getting to the 'hind' milk. A friend suggested that I nurse fully on one side per feeding & then switch to the other side for the next feeding. Doing so enabled the baby to reach the hind milk each feeding which, in turn, allowed them to stay full longer. (The first day or so you may feel lopsided between feedings but your breasts adjust to whatever pattern you set!) Hope this helps!
Remember that feeding via breastmilk is faster and more convenient. It will take longer to prepare and heat a bottle, not to mention all the extra dishes And, I promise it definately gets easier. The first few weeks are always the toughest and then when they hit growth spurt milestones; but they are all temporary. HUGS!!!
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The trick is to avoid viewing it as something that is a chore. Try to turn it around so that you relish that time. Now, i'm not sayng you won't curse like hell when you are woken up for the 15th time during the night, but when you are doing the feeding in the day you can make it a really enjoyable time. Don't try to do too much or get out too far from home. There is plenty of time for that when baby can go longer between feeds. Prepare yourself a feeding "station" with drinks, snacks, magazines the TV remove etc. and when it's time to sit down for a feed really think about how wonderful it is to be able to nest in with your baby without HAVING to get up and do housework or go to the shops or anything else. Take in all the wonderful feelings from having a newborn and really cherish that time. You can even nod off a little bit if you have a boppy pillow and baby is in the right position. I loved this time so much! It just gradually gets easier and easier as time goes on until you can't imagine doing anything else.
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Doing so enabled the baby to reach the hind milk each feeding which, in turn, allowed them to stay full longer. (The first day or so you may feel lopsided between feedings but your breasts adjust to whatever pattern you set!) Hope this helps!
yes its very helpfull. thanks a lot
I totally agree with this. When my youngest was tiny and feeding more or less constantly, I tried to view that as my "lazy time" during the day. I set myself up with a little area on the couch next to the end table, and I would have drinks, snacks, my phone, books, and the TV remote there with me. I would just settle in and use all of that nursing time as an excuse to read, watch movies, eat, and generally take it easy. Sorry DH, you're going to have to make dinner, I'm nursing here. I agree that it's harder at night, but my strategy for that is (he still gets up at night LOL) to have my iPhone with me. I load books on my phone, and if I'm feeling awake I read (it's perfect because I can keep the lights out!) or surf the internet. If I'm feeling sleepy, I set the timer on my phone for seven minutes and put it on my chest on vibrate and just go to sleep for a bit while he nurses. Seven minutes is long enough for one side for my six month old, but for a newborn you may need more like twenty minutes. Then I just doze until the timer wakes me up, and then switch sides and start over.
ETA: I meant to say that yes, if you are going to sleep like I do, you'll want to have the baby laying on the boppy and your arms cradling around them on the outside so they can't roll off. I nursed my eldest for 14 months and my youngest now for 6 months and counting and never dropped anybody dozing in that position.
It will get easier, and your new baby will slowly cut the feedings down over time. My six month old only gets up once during the night, and many people's six month olds actually sleep through the whole night, so try to keep in mind that this newborn phase is extremely temporary. I know that isn't a huge comfort when you're in the thick of it, but just know that you're going to be through this so fast it will all be a sleep deprived blur later! Good luck!
Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 09-26-2013 at 01:12 PM.
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Excellent feedback everyone! Thank you!
Alissa, that's neat about the timer on your phone. I never thought about doing something like that. I know that I got to the point that I could totally nurse in my sleep out of sheer desperation. LOL