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#1 of 7 Old 05-15-2007, 09:32 PM - Thread Starter
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DD is a great nurser but the last couple of days it has been CONSTANT and I can't put her down. I am so happy I can nurse but I am EXHAUSTED. I can't sleep (despite co-sleeping, she is still too young to latch on by herself), and I am drained emotionally and physically. She is nursing almost every hour...anything I can do? Is this normal? How do I get some sleep? I am so tired and am afraid of breaking down......(I cried while nursing this morning I was so exhausted )
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Sounds like a growth spurt...normal, and totally exhausting, yes. Hugs to you, mama. Hang in there--it will settle down a bit. In the meantime, nap whenever the baby does: just stay in bed all day and doze when you can. Don't worry about anything else until this stage passes. Learning to nurse lying down was the best thing I ever did--the first couple weeks when I had to sit up to nurse at night were totally exhausting.

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I am not too comfortable nursing while sleeping either. I find that lying in a nursing friendly position keeps my muscles tensed b/c I am sort of balancing myself on my side, trying not to fall forward onto baby or back onto my back. I find that throwing my top leg over farther toward baby helps relieve this balancing act and lets me sleep better. When I can't stand it anymore and baby is not hungry but just sucking I put in a pacifier for a little while. Your baby sounds like s/he is growing and so you need to let him/her nurse on demand. Stick it out girl. Prop yourself up the best you (with pillows or with your back against your husband's) can in your lying position and consciously try to relax your muscles so that you can fall asleep.
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Those early days can be so hard. Do whatever you can to make side-lying nursing work- pillows etc. That was the main key to sleep for me.

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You might want to have daddy try to "walk" your baby down in a sling if you have one and if he's available (assuming that she's eaten VERY recently, and just needs to be comforted). This was crucial for me in the first few months (still is, truth to tell). I used to breastfeed at night until I couldn't stand it (needed to get GOOD sleep on my tummy, which I had been craving for months and months and months). Then I would give my daughter to my husband who would put her lying down in the sling (we used maya wrap) and he would walk laps around our house with her--bouncing all the while--and eventually she would go to sleep. It was great to have the relief, great to have a way for her to bond with her dad, and now it is great that we have more than one way to soothe her (now, there are sometimes when I can't breastfeed her to sleep--she's too wired to nurse and my letdown is too slow--but my husband can walk her's fabulous that we each have our own way to soothe her, and when she goes through "wakey" nights during teething and such, its a relief to be able to trade off so that I can have some sleep!!!)

Eventually, a great book is "The No Cry Sleep Solution" by someone (Elizabeth?) Pantley--probably your little one is too young for most of these techniques though....


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TBH I couldn't nurse laying down until DD got better head control. I slept sitting up with her on my lap for about 6 weeks. It gets easier as she gets older. You will get to the point where you wake up with her latched on and not remember doing it or she will be laying on another side and you don't remember moving her to latch.
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i had the same issue. DD is 2 months old now. Be assured, it will get better.

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