This may be long.....I am at a serious point of about to either lose the plot or give up breastfeeding. My DS is 2 weeks old tomorrow and I have not slept more than 2 hours in a 24 hour period, that is 5-10 minutes here and there. He feeds non stop, for over an hour at a time and will stop for 5-10 minutes and then is screaming and acting as if he is starving again.
I have a 22 month old DD who is really ill at the moment with measles and cries when I am feeding him so basically she cries all day because she needs comfort from me but I'm giving all my attention to the bub. He is gaining weight but never satisfied, I am now falling into a deep depression crying all day and night, I feel sick in the stomach, anxious and I can't for the life of me understand why I ever wanted another baby. I know this sounds terrible as I love him more than anything but I just feel like I can't do this anymore. I want my old life back. I spoke to my GP and he said if I feel the same when bub is 3 weeks to go back and see him.
I had depression and feeding issues with my DD, she did not attach for the first week and only attached when using a nipple shield. She then had breast refusal and I fed one sided and expressed the other side until she weaned herself at 9 months.
I really wanted to breastfeed for a minimum of 12 months this time but how can I continue with 1 hours sleep a night. The LC suggested I do a formula top up to see what happens and if there is a difference, he did go for about an hour and it did take only 20 minutes to finish the bottle so I actually had time to cuddle my DD and have a shower. My husband has to work 12 hours a day and we have no choice in the matter and my mum is helping where she can but DD only wants me and DS being breastfed can only have me.
Has anyone experienced such full on feeding, did it ease? This had been since birth so I know it's not a growth spurt. Thanks and I hope someone can give me some advice on what I can do.