Well I will just start off by saying this may be one of those early days things that will just sort itself out - in the "this too shall pass" category. Even if it is, it would help me so much to hear your thoughts and see if you've experienced anything like this. Yesterday I was reading about all of you with sore nipples from all the nursing and it make me feel so much better to know that my baby isn't the only one who seems to want to nurse pretty much constantly.
My baby is a week old today. We've been having some really horrible nights due to his need to cluster feed at night, combined with an inability to settle into deep sleep so I can unlatch him and sleep myself. I have been swaddling him as he definitely wakes himself up with his hands sometimes. The first night I swaddled him he did so much better but then last night I only got 2 hours of sleep over 10 hours in bed. Amazing. DH is still off work this week to help me out but this will be my last week of getting to take naps with the baby to get more sleep as I have a 3.5 year old to take care of as well.
The baby will nurse fine for awhile and then suddenly just spit the nipple out and start crying...and rooting frantically to have it back. Or he will nurse to sleep and I will wait until he's sleeping a bit deeper and ease the nipple out of his mouth, roll over soooo carefully and get anywhere from 0-60 minutes typically before he wakes again and cries immediately for the nipple. Sometimes he will nurse so much that he is spitting up, I can only imagine that with the amont of milk he takes in he is overfull. I keep having letdown after letdown during these sessions. I want him to learn that at nighttime we stay laying in bed in the dark so I don't want to be getting up to walk him, bounce him, etc. that is why I've let him nurse so much. Plus I'm just darned tired and want to SLEEEEEEP!
Is there anything I can be doing during the day to help him be sleepier at night? He snoozes pretty much around the clock with some brief awake periods of 10-20 minutes typically and he usually has 2-3 "hard" naps a day where I can leave him on the bed and do other things. It would be nice if that hard sleep was at night instead but he is just all around a sleepy new baby right now, who prefers dozing at the breast. Can't really blame him. :)
Okay, rant/vent/question stated. :)