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Boy, those early weeks are tough.... it sounds like you're overwhelmed by the intensity of his needs and exhausted by their constancy. Your body has been through an enormous transformation along with your mind and heart - the newobrn period is really so brief, but it sure doesn't feel like that when you're living it.
I would encourage you to be careful about pacifier use, particularly if you've had latch difficulties. A baby who is sucking but not eating is "making milk for tomorrow" as an LC friend pointed out to me when I explained my exasperation with exactly the same thing. Right now, baby is making sure that you keep making lots and lots of milk for his needs - and to do that he needs to drain your breasts and stimulate your nipples.
Besides the supply side, a newborn is also still adapting to the outside world -you're the only familiar thing in it. Have faith that it will get easier (or there really would be no second children!) and go easy on yourself - perhaps a coupel days in bed with your babe will do you good .
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