Yep, I am pretty sure she arrived! I stopped bleeding about a week and a half ago and have started bleeding again. Kyla was a month old yesterday. It was the same with Hayleigh,I got AF within a month of birth even though I exclusively bf both!
Any one else still up every 2 hours? My little toot does not like to get a full feed. Ever since we were in the hospital, she can't seem to handle my flow. So,she is not getting a full feed and because her latch is so bad (constantly pulling off)' I am sore.
Does any one elEs LO fight bedtime? I fight with her for 2+ hours most nights. I am pretty sure it is because she wants to cluster feed but not really eat aka comfort nurse. She gets so angry, she scratches me. I get so frustrated sighted that I have to pass her off o DH so I can cool down. Any suggestions?!?!
I was also wondering how awake everyones elses LO is during the day. Kyla sleeps almost all day (which may be contributing to our sleep woes - advice ?!?!
I would love to hear others experiences!
My baby is pretty sleepy, still. Sleeps most of the day, is alert/awake for about 45 minutes at a time, but sleeps for a couple hours at a time during the day. Usually cluster feeds in the evening, then I put her down whenever we go to bed (around 10 or so). She fights sleep unless she's swaddled- that helps us a lot!
But at night she goes about 4-5 hours at a time.
(I'm still up more often than that, since DD1 gets up at least once a night, and of course the girls never coordinate their wakings! )
Would it help to go a little longer between feedings before the evening feed? Maybe if she's hungrier, she will latch on a little better/be more committed to eating at that time. Do you have access to a Lactation Consultant and/or a breastfeeding support group? They may have suggestions about her latch or the cluster feeding.
And BOO on the hag showing up! Bummer!
Isaiah's starting to be up quite a bit during the day, probably 3 times a day he'll be awake for maybe 2 hours? and some random spurts between then. He cluster feeds in the evening and then usually gives me a good few hours at night (last night was 5 and 3), we go to bed at 10, up by 7.
I have an overactive letdown too, have you tried feeding her while leaning back so she's above your nipple. I find that helps with Isaiah but he is getting better at handling it with time.
I can't believe that nursing every 2 hours you got af back so soon! Mine takes quite a while to come back, or at least it has but my other kids were like Kyla and nursing every 2-3 hours or less around the clock (for months)...so I'm wondering if it might come back sooner this time since he's sleeping so well most of the time at night.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
Kelsey still sleeps most of the day. She is usually up every 2 hours at night. Sometimes she goes 3 hours. There is at least 1 sometimes 2 feedings where she stays up for a good hour after she nurses She definitely has her days/nights mixed up. Hopefully we will get some sleep soon. I'd be happy with 3 solid hour stretches.
I had brief spotting yesterday but I don't know if that counts as AF or not. I went 14 months without a period with DD1 so I hope it isn't.
Sleep. I found as DD2 got closer to her due date (and now past) she is getting more resistant to sleeping on her back and she prefers her belly or in a chair/swing. We get about 3-4 hours at night when she will sleep flat on her back. The rest of the night, I sleep with her on my chest on the recliner so she is on her belly and upright. Initially she would just be noisy if she wasn't in that position but not she won't sleep and cries DD1 was similar and eventually she slept in her crib all the time. I'm not really ready to fight it right now, I'm just doing what I need to do to get through the day.
Feeding. I still have to use a nipple shield. I find when I don't, it really hurts. We have a lot of cluster feeding in the evening which is inconvienient so we usually give a bottle of pumped milk.
Here are my feedings yesterday:
AM 12 3:30 7:20 9:20 11
PM 3:40 4:30 6:30 bottle 8 (45 minutes) 9 pm pump 10
I find when I have her in the baby carrier (11-3:40 we were out) or when she sleeps on my chest (3:30-7:20am) she sleeps longer and I used that last time to try to create schedules with DD1.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
We are definitely still in the sleepy stage so there is no fighting to go down. I had an overactive letdown with dd1 and I remember her getting mad at the breast. Have you tried swaddling while feeding? That way your lo isn't scratching you and all you have to deal with is getting a good latch.
Alyssa, you must get a kickback from the blanket company!
So sorry about AF showing up!
Ronan tends to fight going to sleep during the day (for naps). He's usually good at bedtime, but sometimes he does it then, too. He also wants to cluster feed/eat every two hours at night. What I've been doing is making sure he gets a lot of feedings during the day. I won't let him go longer than three hours, and I'll wake him up to feed him (because of course he's willing to sleep longer during the day... just not at night). This has helped somewhat- he'll now go three hours between feedings at night, instead of just two, which I guess is better than nothing . I usually go to bed really early (some time between 8 and 9), and DH gives him a bottle that I've pumped at his 10pm feeding, so that way I can get one longer stretch of sleep. It's definitely helped me feel more human. It does mean that I have to pump at 1 or 2am (whenever I feed him next), because I'm engorged by that time and have way more than he can eat, but it's definitely been worth it.