Hi. I have a 4 1/2 week old DD. She was a dream for the first 3 1/2 weeks - cluster feeding a lot but settling well. The past week or so has been horrid. She seems to be feeding quickly and only takes one breast before getting sleepy. I have tried all of the suggestions to wake her up and keep feeding but she won't. It does seem as though my breasts are well drained. Anyway, she'll sleep in my arms for a bit but the SECOND I put her down she screams and will not settle unless she comfort feeds again and it's not a decent feed, just snacking. It's happening all day and night now.
I don't want to give a dummy - I did that with DS and regret it for my own reasons.
DD is putting on stacks of weight - 300 - 470g a week and I have a LOT of milk.
I don't mind feeding every 2hrs (the longest she'll go) but I can't handle the crying in between. I simply cannot hold her ALL the time when I have to care for 2 yr old DS too. If I don't let her cry though, she'll feed every 30-40 mins. How on earth can I stretch her feeds out to three hours or so (and is that normal at this age???) and get some rest in between? Let her cry a bit? At just nearly 5 weeks???