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I am completely exhausted!! My DS is 3 months and nurses every 2 hours (sometimes more) in the middle of the night. Sleep deprivation is catching up with me and I feel like I just wanna give on BFing some days. How did you make it through?
Your baby is probably going through a growth spurt. Have no worries. BM Digests in like 90 minutes so it's nautral. My advice is to sleep when baby sleeps during the day if you can. Also, if you can drag out the daily feedings to maybe 3 hours instead of 2, he will get more at one time and be satisfied longer. This too shall pass. Can you co-sleep? Then all you would need to do is latch and fall back asleep! Good luck, don't give up! It's all worth it in the end. Think about it... would you rather get up in the middle of the night and go straight to him and nurse? Or would you rather go to the cold kitchen, make sure a bottle is clean, measure formula, heat it up, walk back in, all with a screaming baby?? Nursing is easier! <3
At last resort maybe pumping some and having your SO feed baby a couple time so you can get some sleep. I'm not sure how I made it through. I can't remember. Memory loss comes with sleep deprivation! Lol
Jade Ja Kang
6lb 10 oz
My DD was an awful sleeper, i just kinda adjusted i guess. I would try to nurse your LO as much as possible during the day and especially before bed. You can also try giving some pumped milk before bed too.
My DD was like that for months and months too. This will sound silly, but I found that simply ACCEPTING that she was going to wake up often and that I was going to be tired helped tremendously. It sort of made me give myself permission to be tired and just relax when I had the chance.
Some other options - you could try block-feeding at night, like do 2 feeds on one side so the baby gets lots of hindmilk. Try to cluster-feed before bed. Cosleep with baby - my 9-month old will sleep a 4-hour stretch beside me but if he's in his PNP will wake up after 2 hours.
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How would you feel if you stopped BFing? I always think of that question when I feel discouraged. I know that it would sadden me because I love to be able to do this for my baby and I fought so hard at the beginning.
Try not to get too down, and frequent this group often. I know it's hard, but you won't be sleep deprived forever.
Maddie did this for 7.5 months! I agree that accepting it was a big help. It kind of gives you some emotional/mental relief if you just accept that it is going to happen and plan accordingly.
Co-sleeping was what worked for us. I just laid on my side facing her and would let her suck away while I slept She would spend about 80-90% percent of the night latched on. As soon as I would unlatch her awake she came! Needless to say, co-sleeping was the only way for me to get sleep. We did this for 7.5 months until it stopped working for us and we moved her to her crib. She is a great sleeper now.
Just hang in there, and do what works for you! You know you and your baby better than anybody.