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Hi Mamas-<br>
We are co-sleeping with our 15 week old DD at least most of the night... she starts off in the co-sleeper next to me but I bring her in to bed with us when she first wakes up (which is early, she loves to snuggle and nurse all night long). I am actually completely surprised by how much I love co-sleeping and waking up next to her sweet, warm body to see her big smile (okay, now I'm crying, must be the hormones, right?!), BUT the big problem is the mess it is making of my body. I am usually stiff and sore most mornings but today I can barely move my neck because I slept so oddly with my arm up so she could get to the boob all night long.<br><br>
Can anyone help me figure out a better position to be in or give me some ideas so that I can actually function during the day? I have been going to the chiropractor and doing yoga, thinking that stretching would help (and it does) but the real problem is that I have to be in sort of weird positions to allow her to nurse while I'm lying down (which I need to do because she really does nurse all night long). Maybe it will get easier as she gets bigger and has more ability to move herself around?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Rae
 

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I was sore for awhile when we first started co-sleeping full time (when ds was about 4 months). When I say awhile a mean a couple of months. Then my body got used to sleeping in a different position and I am not at all sore anymore when I wake up (there is the very rare day that I am but that happened before baby and co-sleeping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).<br><br>
I'm not sure how you are sleeping, but I sleep on my side with ds on his side. He is curled into me to nurse. One arm - of the side I'm laying on - is up underneath my pillow and head. I put my other arm wherever it is comfortable. My legs are kind of bent. I used to sleep all curled up with my arm under my pillow so it isn't too much of a stretch for me to sleep the way I do now.<br><br>
But it does take awhile to get used to the new sleeping position. It sounds like you are doing good things to help it along with the chiropractic care and yoga. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Anytime my daughter is not nursing I make sure to flip over into a more comfortable sleeping position. She lets me know when she wants to nurse. I would say that your dd is old enough to do the same. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Up until recently I used a pillow between my knees. It kept my pelvis from being too achy since the pregnancy hormones were still taking a toll on my joints.<br><br>
With DS, I used to put a body pillow behind my back for support and I would lean my top shoulder back on it for support. I also sometimes get DH to put his back up against mine so I can lean on him.<br><br>
Rolling away from babe once she's asleep will give you the chance to move around a bit more also. Even 10 minutes of being in a different position can feel wonderful!
 
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