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My DD is 3wks. old and for the most part is nursing great. She nurses laying down rather well now which is starting to make sleeping a bit easier. HOWEVER, during most of the day and early eve. she is a bit of a snacker...never really drinking a full amount of milk but rather coming back every 10min. to eat for 5min. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> She also pulls away from the breast a lot which is making me VERY sore. I do have a heavy let down but I've tried pumping before she wants to eat (if I catch it in time) but not even that seems to help. And it seems to get worse as the day goes on...she nurses well, usually, all night long and early a.m. but come mid afternoon and evening she is terribly fussy, incontent and wants to nurse even if she doesn't want the milk.<br><br>
All this added to the fact that I am left alone a lot with my new DD and my 16mo. old DD and she is still "adjusting" to having a baby in the house and me not as available for her needs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Anyone else have this problem? Please tell me there is hope at the end of all this.
 

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I went through the same thing when my baby was that age (and somewhat older). I don't really have advice.... it seems that a lot of babies are more fussy in the evenings, and it may also be "cluster feeding". All I can suggest is to let her nurse as much as she wants. Do you nurse her in the sling at all? That can be a good way to get things done when shes nursing for the entire evening... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Anyway, I don't have much advice except that my baby is 4 1/2 months old now, and its gotten a lot better. She still can get fussy in the evenings, but not really as bad, and we've learned how to compensate with it.<br><br>
OH, but also... is she getting enough naps during the day? I have less fussiness if I make sure she gets enough sleep in the daytime. My baby wasn't falling asleep in the day, and I didn't realise I needed to HELP her take naps. I thought she would just sleep as much as she needed. Anyway, you could think about that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My baby wasn't falling asleep in the day, and I didn't realise I needed to HELP her take naps. I thought she would just sleep as much as she needed.</div>
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Same thing with my ds. Who knew? I used to sit on the couch for the evening with ds on a pillow on my lap, nursing. I only have 1 child though and imagine it's much different with 2. But I know it will get better for you. This too shall pass.
 

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That is completely normal. It is called cluster feeding as one of the pp mentioned. It won't last forever! You can get a wrap and nurse in that while tending to the needs of your other child. Without my wrap I would be lost!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Same thing with my ds. Who knew? I used to sit on the couch for the evening with ds on a pillow on my lap, nursing. I only have 1 child though and imagine it's much different with 2. But I know it will get better for you. This too shall pass.</div>
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Yup, thats exactly what I've been doing!! :LOL It was someone else on MDC that brought to mind the idea that my dd might need more sleep... and it HAS helped. Otherwise she is just cranky and nursing (but never satisfied with it) for HOURS until she goes to bed at night.
 
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