Originally Posted by NYC_CNM
The nursing is going really well for us *touch wood*. He latches well, I have had some nipple tenderness but no chapping or cracking, and we're through the engorgement now. He's also gaining weight already. He had surpassed his birth weight at our day 5 pediatrician check-up, and every day he looks plumper to me.
Our problem is that his days and nights are reversed, and I don't know how to fix that. He'll happily sleep for 3-5 hours during the day, and then he's up every 2 hours during the night. Last night he had a really good feeding at midnight, but then proceeded to fuss for the next 3.5 hours. I fed him again at 2 am out of desperation, thinking he might be hungry, but he wasn't really that hungry. He ate sort of lazily, and then continued to fuss for another 1.5 hours. We were at our wits end. Every time we stopped rocking and bouncing him, he'd break out into a full-blown wail of outrage. Out of desperation we finally put a pacifier in his mouth, and he fell asleep around 3:30 am sucking on the pacifier. I think it might have been gas, but I have no idea. This is my first child, I've only been a mom for a week+, what do I know?
But I do know if we don't start to get more sleep at night, he's going to have two parents on the verge of insanity. What can we do to get him to sleep for 3-4 hours during the night, instead of the day??
Are you burping him? I realize in retrospect I didnt burp my first enough. Sometimes Ill burp my LO midfeed this time. We are dealing with oversupply issues tho. Are you switching breasts during a feed? If so, he could be getting too much foremilk. Try leaving him on the same breast, if he seems hungry again an hour later, give him the breast he just fed on. If you think it's gas try the simethicone/ mylicon drops. They are very safe. Have you tried swaddling?
PS.. nothing at all wrong with using a paci if he likes it. Ive bought 5 different kinds and DD2 wont take one. My first wouldnt either.
Try to keep him up for a couple hours before bed. Get him naked, turn all the lights on, give him a sponge bath.. etc During the day, open all the blinds/curtains.. dont tiptoe around being quiet when he is sleeping...
Goodluck.. nothing prepares you for the level of sleep deprivation you experience with your first, IMO. The only solace is it does pass. ((hug))
bluepetals, are you sure babe doesnt have a posterior tongue tie? Much harder to dx.. but sounds alot like what we experienced w/ DD1.
Doing good, babe is sleeping 3-4 hour stretches at night the last few nights.. last night we got one 5 hr, but then a 2 hr ;).. Im dealing with oversupply.. at first I thought it might be lactose intolerance, because I was already block feeding in 3-4 hour increments, but now that ive upped it to 12 hrs (holy oversupply!!!) there is such a huge difference in her gassiness and fussing, she is also doing moderate poops instead of lots of explosive watery ones.. they have always stayed yellow and curdy though, no mucus or green. I have to pump off 3ish oz when I switch breasts and Im hoping I can start cutting that soon so we can address the root issue. Im debating on taking antihistimines at night to try and bring it down. With DD1 it took 5 weeks to get her to the breast, 3 with the sns, syringe feeding and bottles, then 2 with a nipple sheild. I pumped atleast double what she ate.. massive oversupply. Hope this time it is easier to tame.. it took us till amost 4 months to regulate last time.