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Does BF get easier after 6 weeks?

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IWillOnlyEatBeans Wed 23-Jan-13 09:00:05

I am on Week 4 of BF DS2 and finding it a bit of a struggle - particularly the evening cluster feeds and the non-stop feeding between 12am and 5am. I would love a bit more energy during the day to do fun stuff with DS1 (a high-maintenance nearly 3-yr-old). Lots of people are advising me to keep going as 'it gets easier after 6 weeks'. So I was just wondering whether this is true? And more specifically - how does it get easier? I want to make a decision one way or the other this week while DH is still off work and here to help...thanks.

milkybrew Wed 23-Jan-13 09:08:33

In my experience, yes it does get much easier. By 8 weeks there was no more cluster feeding in the evening and I used to feed DD at 10pm when I went to bed, she then would wake around 2am for a feed and then 6.30am as we were all getting up. Before 6 weeks you have a growth spurt which leads to epic amounts if cluster feeding, which is exhausting but after 6 weeks this passes and things become just easier probably due to the fact you finally get some rest! Good luck with it all!

Passthesaltdear Wed 23-Jan-13 09:09:00

It does get easier. As the baby's suck becomes stronger and more efficient they drink more in a shorter time frame so the feeds aren't so long and frequent. The first 6 weeks are all consuming when bf but it does get easier. I also have a 3 year old and my baby is now 6 months so I've come through the worst bit where I was constantly having to tell my 3 year old I couldn't do this, that and the other cos I was bf...I felt bad but glad I stuck with it as its a lot easier now with no mixing bottles etc. good luck!

Ionasky Wed 23-Jan-13 09:21:58

Yep, definitely gets easier - the evening cluster feeding (especially alongside the growth spurts) were awful stretches & my DD stopped that around 8 wks, I nearly gave up so many times in the first 2 months but the feed and sleep cycles should get better. Also I used to put my DD in the bed for the 1am/4am feeds after 12 weeks (when I knew she could move her neck) and that helped too. If you have a reasonable health visitor, might be worth discussing options with them - some of them will just keep saying you must BF rather than being constructive though. We did some mixed feeding as well and a few people I know found that worked well for them.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 24-Jan-13 13:52:55

Thanks everyone for the reassurance. I am determined to make it to 8 weeks and see how we go from there...

We do a bit of mix feeding - DS has one bottle per day of either BM or formula depending on whether I have had time to express. We only let him have a couple of oz of formula though, so his system can get used to it gently.

Hi, I'm thinking of giving my ds a bottle of forumla once in a while so DP can feed him and I can have a little break. He had a bottle of ebm last night and took it really well and is still latchingn well.

How many ounces for a 4 week old?

IWillOnlyEatBeans Fri 25-Jan-13 16:45:14

It depends how hungry he is! Maybe start with 4oz and see how you get on?

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