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My 6 week old daughter eats great during the day but we are having some trouble at night recently.
She'll wake up fussing to eat about every 3-4 hours at night - this is normal. She will latch on great and start eating well for about 3-4 minutes then she will unlatch. Sometimes because my let down is too strong, other times because she needs to burp. The problem is, is for the life of me I cannot get her to latch back on after that initial 4 minutes! I tickle her, rub her head and cheeks, change her diaper.. nothing works. She just acts un-interested and too sleepy to eat. What can/should I do about this?
Also another random question: With subsequent children, do you have to go through the nipple pain process (at the beginning) all over again after weaning your first child and not breastfeeding for awhile?
Well, honestly, I wouldnt do a thing. Shes an efficient nurser most likely, and that may be all she needs. I would say try a few nights of just letting it be - let her nurse for a few minutes & if she falls off to sleep, so be it Roll back over & go back to sleep yourself. Since about 8 weeks my daughter did that, and by 3 months, I wasnt even waking up for her nursing sessions anymore lol (She was though lol).
Unless you notice a problem, like say shes getting too few wet diapers a day (less than 5 - 6 in 24 hours), then I wouldnt worry
She just needs a little topping off it sounds like
And as for the nipple pain - usually youll still experience a little discomfort, but only temporarily until your body adjusts to someone nursing on it nonstop loll