Hey all. I read the forums here a lot, but I've only posted once or twice. Anyway, my 5 week old son is absolutely voracious every day from late afternoon until we go to bed (we cosleep, and I go to bed with him as soon as he's sated for the night). He doesn't like the sling (I've tried a wrap style and a ring sling) so I'm pretty much stuck holding and nursing from about 2pm until bedtime, usually by 10pm. He does seem to like the baby bjorn carrier, so I can take quick breaks to make dinner and such, but he mostly needs to nurse continuously the entire time. My 8 yr. old dd and 5 yr. old ds have been very understanding and helpful, but I really miss being able to play with them, being able to knit, write, and cook creatively, and of course the housework has gotten completely out of hand. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and how long it might last. Finch has been an eager nurser since birth, and he's gaining well, so I don't think it's a supply issue. Also, he's supremely content as long as I'm snuggling and nursing him all afternoon and evening. I'm just getting a little worn out with his needs. Basically, he nurses for about 30-45 minutes, takes a 1-15 minute break, then nurses again for another 30-45 minutes, and so on until we're both exhausted. Since he hates the sling, I can't do anything else while I'm nursing him. Singing to him and rubbing his head is very nice in moderation, but for 8 hours a day I feel like one of those poor cows on rBGH!!!
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6/6/06 at 6:03pm