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    Default Sleep deprivation any tips for how to cope?

    My baby is fours weeks old and for the last 9 days has started a new sleep cycle of very short naps followed by short breast feeds. Mainly because she is too tired to stay awake and feed. I try changing her and tickling feet etc to wake her.

    I am so tired I can hardly function. My daily bath and chocolate is my saviour.

    i know this is all part of it. How did you all cope with the lack sleep?

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    It was just a haze of caffeine and chocolate, I'm sorry! I'm sure there is a better way. It will get easier

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    A lot of coffee and rattle snakes helped me, but when I started to feel shakey and like I really needed the sleep I would express and hubby would do the feeds for 1 whole night and I would sleep in spare room. I would wake up fresh and ready to go for another month!!

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    Is she your only child? If so I suggest grabbing naps whenever she sleeps. With ds1 I found even a 30 min cat nap would help.

    Like a pp suggested, can your partner help out with feeding?

    Apart from that just take it one day at a time. Eventually bub will form a routine and you'll start to function more normally

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    Thanks ladies. She is my first and i have two step kids who are at school so I try to nap when she does.

    Mama of 1 how much milk did you express to get through a night?

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    Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

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    It does get better, but just keep doing what you are. Coffee was my best friend too

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    I'm with you OP, DS2 is nearly 4wks and sleeps *ok* during the day, but wakes to feed every 1.5-2hrs overnight.

    I have a 19mth old so napping when bub does is not an option. I also don't drink coffee! I don't remember it being this bad with DS1....I'm falling asleep during night feeds, I'm so exhausted!

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    Coffee was my best friend and also hubby doing some night feeds and resting on the weekend when hubby was home. Not really sure how I got through the second time with a 22 mth old, but did eventually lol I think your body just gets used to minimum sleep and deals with it-good luck there is light at the end of the tunnel x

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    Quote Originally Posted by acerbaby View Post
    Thanks ladies. She is my first and i have two step kids who are at school so I try to nap when she does.

    Mama of 1 how much milk did you express to get through a night?
    When I needed a night off at 4 weeks dd started sleeping for longer periods through the night so I would usually only express enough for 1 feed, at that stage dd was having 90/120ml. I would do her last feed at 11 then hubby was up for another feed if she woke for it at about 4am and then I would do the 7/8 up for the day! 7/8 hours uninterrupted sleep did wonders! When she was a little younger and fed more frequently I would have about 200/250 ml available to hubby f

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