he's 12 days old today. couple of days ago, starting at teatime, he ramped up the feeding. I've gone with it and expected that night to be pretty busy for me feeding wise. It was, but DS was taking a good feed and settling to sleep inbetween. I was sleep deprived but did manage to cat nap. Yesterday he was quite sleepy, fed less and i put it down to the busy night. He had a mammoth, both boobs, feed at about 4pm yesterday. HV happened to be here and said his latch was lovely, he was obviously feeding well. Last night was awful. He would only settle if he was held. We're co-sleeping with a side-car cot, but he just howled every time i try to put him down. He has been on and off the boob all night, not really feeding.....he keeps getting hiccoughs......and I think he might have a cold as he's sneezing too. I feel done in this morning. DH had DS for a while so I could sleep but he's just rooting and crying for boob so much. I offer it to him and more often than not he does a lot of head shaking, takes the nipple and just lies there - not feeding.
The constant nursing, in essence I'm fine with but I do have a 7 year old to look after too. I would wear a sling to solve the 'clingy' aspect but I can't because he has a cast on his leg for talipes.
He's wide awake right now, and 'talkative'......
We've gone from 2-3 hourly on demand feeds, lasting about 20 mins and obviously feeding well to on/off/on/off and not feeding efficiently.
I really want this to work having failed to establish bf with DS1, but I'm so tired.....
I went through this with dd at 12 days, then after a couple of days she was suddenly more settled again. Apart from the being put down bit! I just wore her in a sling lots (moby wrap) so I could get things done!
sounds like a bit of a spurt, it may help your rest to feed laying down when dd1 at school. it isn't easy, but it is very rewarding. he is still very new to the world & the boob, it does get easier with time and sleep. Is it just the settling & lots of demanding of boob you are concerned about? Are you happy with latch & that baby is not tongue tied? HV or breastfeeding counseller should be able to help with latch/tongue, good luck, it does get better.
He's feeding much better, and cluster fed yesterday from 4pm til about 9.30 but proper feeds. The side effect is trapped wind (bottom end), so i was awake a lot of the night or had fitful sleep as he will only sleep face down on my front. I just can't help him shift this wind - complicated by the fact he has a cast on one leg for talipes so i can't 'cycle' his legs to help things along
His latch is fine, sometimes he will chomp down on the nipple end rather than latching properly so I remove and reposition him.
Glad he's feeling better. Burping him lots after/ during feeds might help with wind, as might in infacol or something? Gently rubbing his tummy worth a try too, clockwise. My dd loved lying over my knees or forearm too, putting a little pressure on her tummy seemed to help.
i've resorted to Infacol today, and stuck with the winding a bit more. he seems to have been letting a lot of wind go this afternoon! He was inconsolable last night, but I went through this with my first DS so feel able to cope with it better second time round.