That's not totally true, he will have short periods of wakefulness where he is sort of happy, but they are short lived and he wants lots of position changes.
When it comes to evening time he would really like to nurse every hour (or less). I did try it a couple evenings, and during a wakeful/fussy 12:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., but it didn't seem to help, once he was done nursing he was fussy again. He also kept burping and letting milk drool out of his mouth.
Mostly I think I should just wait it out... he's only 2 weeks old - but its so sad to watch DH walking him around when he's fussy, but has just nursed, and he's trying to suck DH's arm, neck, face... (We do have a pacifier, which will calm him sometimes, but other times he really fights it.)
Any ideas? I see posts about cluster feeds - but when I've tried nursing "on his demand", it doesn't really seem to help. Unless he's sleeping (when he can go 3-4 hours), we are usually nursing at least every 2 hours (give or take 15 minutes).
(He's already regained his birth weight, +5 ounces!)
Now that I re-read my post, it seems to really have no question. Blame it on lack of sleep. Well, then, I guess I'll ask for other experiences!
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At 2 weeks babies generally "wake up" and are more alert in the evenings. Babywearing and skin to skin contact during these times can be really important. Try taking a bath together or pop him in a sling/carrier and go for a walk. I used to bounce with my newborns on the exercise ball while I watched a TV show . They both loved this.
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One thing that helped my LO with fussiness when nursing didn't seem to be it was to pop her in the Moby wrap. I discovered that one evening accidentally. I just needed to get out of the house and walk the dogs, and I figured we could be home and fussy or out walking and fussy (I would just ride it out and fall to bed exhausted) so I put on the Moby, put her in, got the dogs ready, and she was quiet and happy! That thing was magic for us! So even if your DH is the one to hold your LO sometimes during fussy times, a wrap of some kind might just help!