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#1 of 4 Old 12-20-2006, 09:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, so I've got a few questions for you ladies!

1. When your little one starts sleeping more at night, what do you do about nursing? Caleigh sleeps about 7 hours at night now and when I wake up to feed her my boobs are sooooooo sore and really heavy and she has trouble latching on at first.

2. Also, when she sleeps that long, is it allright for her to be with a wet diaper? I don't have a stacinator/wool cover for her (yet) and so I'm wondering if it's okay for her to be in just a CPF with a regular cover? Her skin is so damp when I do get to change her.

3. Some of you may remember that we're moving to Canada in six weeks. Does anyone who has moved with a 3 month old have any advice for us? Are there any tips you can give to make things easier....like how do we pack things up in advance? And when we do actually make the move, are there ways to make life easier with feeding schedules?

Thanks!! Any help is appreciated!

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1. Your boobs will adjust - but I feel your pain. It will even out just like the daytime engorgement did. I'm still waiting for that to happen - but some nights the baby nurses all night, and some nights she sleeps all night. My poor boobs are confused.

2. I personally use a disposable at night because she pees so much. Some people will disagree with me, but I never wake a sleeping baby for a diaper change. Now, if she's alert enough to eat and is wet I'll change her, but if not...welll......

3. I moved when my first was 3 weeks old cross country. We didn't pack, the military did so I can help much there, except to say organization and taking things in stages is key! Make sure to clearly label all your boxes so unpacking is easier on the other end and work in stages to avoid trying to pack everything in one or two days. Start packing non essentials asap and then leave only the basics to pack up on the weekend you move. As far as feeding schedules we took three days to travel from Florida to New Mexico. We stopped every couple of hours to feed the baby and walk the dogs. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of travel time. Good luck!
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About the longer stretch of night sleep, I agree, your body will even out and adjust. It just takes a while.

My babe co-sleeps and wakes to nurse about 2-3 times a night still. If she is wet, I will nurse first til she's done than change her. If I'm feeling sleepy, I"ll nurse her til she's groggy, pop her off, do a quick change, then latch her back on. She doesn't get upset about that little nursing interruption. I like my baby to be dry. We're using cloth (either prefolds or fitted)with regular covers.

I've not moved with a small baby but I would think the younger the babe, the easier. When they are toddlers and have attachments to things, it's harder.

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Yes, your boobs will adjust. With my first ds I remember a couple of nights just thinking "wake up, baby!", but I wanted him to learn to sleep longer stretches so I didn't wake him. Now with #2 I haven't had any issues like that - just some fullness, but no pain when he sleeps longer stretches.

As far as diaper changes we are in disposables, but I do change him when he wakes most of the time. I never wake him to change, though.
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