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    Awesome news! You slowly figure your bub out and what works for you and it gets easier.

    Just a side note...if you are interested in sidecar cots...do you already have a normal cot? It is possible to sidecar normal cots to your bed if you think it's something you'd like to pursue.

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    Ok scratch that, hes back to being completely horrible again tonight. He has a lot of wind & seems to have a bit of an upset tummy but he just wants to feed constantly. If i dont feed him he screams to the point of becoming really distressed but if I do feed him he gets even more gassy & windy & screams because of that.

    The nurse at 13health said not to feed him constantly because its most likely making his belly worse, but he becomes so distressed if I diont feed him constantly - screaming & screaming, banging his head into my chest/shoulder to the point im worried hes going to hurt himself etc

    Im at my wits end & so is DH. We have no idea what we are meant to do - whether I should just demand feed 24/7 or whether I should feed him every 2-3 hours & have him inconsolable inbetween.

    Having him basically attached to my breasts 24/7 is murder on my nipples. Im already using nipple shields but when he is constantly feeding they just dont get a chance to heal. Breastmilk does nothing, lanolin does nothing, heat & cold packs help until next time I have to feed him but then the pain comes back. Im wincing & almost crying whenever I feed now & I can barely touch my nipples. Its really painful to wear a bra or top of any kind & its impossible to wear nursing pads. What can I do?

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    Hi OP,

    Firstly, get some lansinoh cream if you haven't already! It is a god spend available at all supermarkets.

    I know it's really important to "demand feed" in the newborn days but my paediatrician gave me the same advice- ie spacing feeds to around 3 hourly as I was creating a vicious cycle of her feeding too much so she'd get a sore belly and wanting to suck as she'd have a sore belly (hence why I gave a dummy to help space feeds). I had been referred to him as dd was terribly unsettled and always wanting to suck and I was feeding what seemed like hourly for the first few days. It was day 13 and I had lost the plot! He also advised using a dummy too. Until then I had used it but always offered boob first worried about my supply and nipple confusion. You can try it for a day or two to see if it helps, it's very easy to build back up your supply if it's not working.
    I also never fed dd in bed,and I was adamant not to co-sleep as well. I actually slept in the lounge room with dd for the first couple of months (no room in her room for me to sleep).
    I also used heaps of infants friend/colic relief etc in those first few weeks desperate for relief.
    Also keeping her slightly elevated- I found dd settled much better in her swing as she preferred to be upright.
    Another thing to look into is probiotics which I believe helped my dd.
    You will eventually find your way, what works for one doesn't work for another.

    If it's any consolation dd was a nightmare newborn for the first 6 weeks but blossomed into one of the most happiest and easiest toddlers.

    I also recommend the book the Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr Karp- I wish I had it in the early days. It addresses how to soothe and settle them.

    One day at a time, this stage WILL end xxx
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    Ive tried lansinoh crwam, it doesnt help

    Thanks for the recommendation of the book I will check it out

    I hope something changes soon cause I cant keep doing this

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    both my kids were "owls" for the first 3ish weeks, basically awake all night and dozed in the day....very frustrating for tired new parents.
    I can't cosleep, feeding lying down just didn't feel right so I had an armchair in the babies room (was a tight fit) but meant minimal movement around the house and no lighting (except nightlight on monitor). They eventually learn day from night. I demand fed but also used a dummy with no supply issues.

    No magic fix for you but it will end, a few weeks isn't a long time (and feeds will stretch out)but when you are sleep deprived it's torture I know.
    Hang in there xx

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    Oh OP I wish I could just come over right now, give you a hug abs send you to bed whilst taking your bubs out for a walk for a couple of hours (nice and rugged up!). Could it be possible your DH could do this, or family/friends? I know I struggled to let anyone help as I was wirried dd would cry and want me/my boobs.

    I will NEVER forget the sheet exhaustion, the chaos and the building panic that I couldn't keep going on like this. But I kept going somehow. It's very very normal to be where you are at this point- you're not a failure xxxx

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    DH takes DS when he is able to get him off my chest without him waking up.

    Although, saying that, I have been sitting here holding DS since 4am & supposedly DH was going to get up at 5am to try & take him & let me go to sleep (I would have had a max of 2hrs broken sleep tonight). Its now 6.15am & DH is still asleep & im still sitting here, unable to move to wake DH without waking DS. Im literally holding my eye-lids open so I dont fall asleep & drop DS. Sometimes I really hate DH!

    DS does the same thing re demand feeding & not sleeping regardless of whether its day or night, so I basically have him 24/7

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    Maybe it'd be a good idea to look into a post-partum doula or night nanny not just for a little help and rest but also to help with guidance and settling techniques? They could really help you feel a but more in control.

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    I will seriously look into that, thanks!

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    I can PM you some places I used to work for to see if they have anybody in your area.


 

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