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March 31st, 2008, 11:20 AM
becker206's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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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?

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March 31st, 2008, 11:32 AM
LaLa's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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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


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