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Originally Posted by melamama
I hope you've been able to get some sleep.
It is so hard in the beginning, and all babies are different.
Is it such a bad thing that your babe needs comfort and contact to be able to sleep? She's still so young and adjusting to being separate from you and your heartbeat. Her belly is also very small and she might be having a bit of a growth spurt, so her body is saying that it does need to nurse all the time.
Would you consider cosleeping with her for a bit? It sounds like that's what she needs and you would be able to get some sleep as well. I've always experienced that if you meet their needs, the stress will pass. Despite what the mainstream says, babies aren't setting you up for some manipulation and independance does not need to be fostered in infancy.
Then when you've had a bit of sleep you could get out during the day and do something nice for yourself? Even if it's just a walk in the park, having a bit of quiet mama time can do wonders--although I recommend a pedicure to set things right .