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    @ScubaGals: Yes, I am still BF. I don't have a good BF habit. Anyway, I couldn't settle him much with BM yesterday because I did a big pump session in the afternoon while DH looked after him. Once I emptied the breasts, I will only feel super engorged the next morning. He could snack here and there. But after that pump session, he was quite agitated for not having milk to suck. That's why we thought he was hungry and kept topping up with bottle. We also know that reflux babies tend to demand drink even they aren't hungry. We overfed him early on and it is so hard to tell if he is hungry or just uncomfortable from the acid.

    He finally settled at 10pm. My mom rocked him to sleep at long last. By 11pm, he woke up fussing. The only way to put him to sleep again was in my arms. I was basically Holding him half the night with only a bit of cot time. We notice that he wanted to be held to sleep these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbhope View Post
    @ScubaGals: Yes, I am still BF. I don't have a good BF habit. Anyway, I couldn't settle him much with BM yesterday because I did a big pump session in the afternoon while DH looked after him. Once I emptied the breasts, I will only feel super engorged the next morning. He could snack here and there. But after that pump session, he was quite agitated for not having milk to suck. That's why we thought he was hungry and kept topping up with bottle. We also know that reflux babies tend to demand drink even they aren't hungry. We overfed him early on and it is so hard to tell if he is hungry or just uncomfortable from the acid.

    He finally settled at 10pm. My mom rocked him to sleep at long last. By 11pm, he woke up fussing. The only way to put him to sleep again was in my arms. I was basically Holding him half the night with only a bit of cot time. We notice that he wanted to be held to sleep these days.
    It's great that you still have some milk left but I'm confused why you are expressing and not just letting the baby feed? Is it an issue with pain? Could you try shields as an option? Babies are so much more efficient than pumps that the baby will get much more milk out, quicker than you can with the pump.

    Try not to worry about not having cot time. If the baby is happier in your arms that's probably better for everyone and sleeping or cuddling together and resting with your baby is much much more common than people generally realise. I'm doing it most nights. If you think about it, adults like to sleep together and cuddle so it's pretty normal that a tiny baby will also want comfort.

    I believe you can safely co-sleep, if you're in the middle of the bed, have some pillows around to prevent roll off which is unlikely since your baby isn't rolling yet, and perhaps get your husband to come check on you periodically. If there is no smoking anywhere near the baby and no alcohol or drugs you've already eliminated most of the risk factors.

    I wondered also does your baby sleep in the pram? Or in a carrier if you go for a walk? The outdoors can do wonders at that age, a bit of fresh air and some street noise can help them drift off to sleep in the pram.

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    Baby swings are fantastic. Also a rocker recliner that you can rock bubs to sleep in them kick out and let them sleep on you. I spent many a night sleeping in that chair with a baby on my chest. I picked one that fitted me perfectly so if my DDs slid down they couldn't get smothered anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Baby swings are fantastic. Also a rocker recliner that you can rock bubs to sleep in them kick out and let them sleep on you. I spent many a night sleeping in that chair with a baby on my chest. I picked one that fitted me perfectly so if my DDs slid down they couldn't get smothered anywhere.
    Rocker recliners are the best!! I'd be lost without mine!!
    I just bought a fisher price vibrating bouncer yesterday, it's got a nice deep seat so bub doesn't slide out or anything. So far, amazing!! He's so content to just sit there playing with the toy bar, or falls asleep. Wish I'd gotten it weeks ago!! It sits him upright nicely so he doesn't spew after his bottles too. (On sale at target)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbhope View Post
    @gingermillie: cry. He is still awake!!! We live in Perth.

    We limit his feed.
    even though he is not sleeping, we still try to spread the eating out to every 2--3 hrs. We put our finger/knuckle in and he wants to eat. He looks for boobs frantically while DH holds him. We know he is overtired but we put him down with dummy and he cries within few minutes. There were several occasions he closed his eyes but the sleep only last for 5--10mins!

    Yes we worried about over feeding! That's the lesson we learned early on. But he won't settle. I know it sounds bad. We try to feed him to sleep.

    What can the hospital do?
    @bbhope this is classic overtiredness. I know you read the article by Howard chilton about colic and what he says about overstimulation. Are you trying the calming that he suggests in that article? When they're overtired they often fall asleep and wake straight away. Your bub should probably be having 1hr to 1hr 15 minutes awake time only before going down for a nap . I didn't realize this and thought she would just go to sleep when tired. No! They get overtired and very grumpy.
    I think he's possibly crying from being overtired and overstimulated (especially if you're trying multiple things to get him to sleep). It's normal newborn behaviour to suck on anything put in their mouth. Sometimes they do need to feed super frequently (cluster feeding) in the newborn stages. My 19 week old still feeds 1.5-2.5 hourly during the day! Feeling engorged is not an indication of milk supply - did you try to feed between expressing and feeling engorged the next day? From about 3-4 weeks in my breasts stopped feeling firm and full but that's normal and I still have plenty of milk. You don't have to be engorged to pump/feed and if you are waiting that long then your supply will be all over the place. The best thing to boost supply is rest and baby on the breast.
    All of these feeding and sleeping and reflux problems do make me think you need some intensive help. Have you had a home visit from a midwife? Not sure if they have that program in Perth. There is also ngala in Perth but I'm not sure how they operate. I went to a day program here in SA run by the government child health service which involved spending a whole day with a child health nurse (with one other mum and baby) to look at feeding, sleeping and settling issues. You sound like you're really struggling there so I would contact your child health service to find out if you can access this type of program. Ngala do it but again I have no idea how they operate/philosophy. Perhaps start a thread asking for recommendations for newborn support services in Perth so you get some firsthand advice.

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    Will look into rocker recliner. I have the fisher price vibrating bouncer. DH tried it yesterday. He fell asleep but woke up a few mins later.

    Yes, feeding, sleeping and settling issue. Initially, it is just feeding but now with colic and reflux, I find it difficult. He still wakes up from wind pain. As for overstimulating, I don't know the limit. I dislike the household noise during the day but I can't tell my mom off about it. She is here to help with the cooking and she really likes to put bub in the living room portable cot while I take a nap. Her philosophy is yo let bub gets used to the noise. We don't agree on a lot of things. That is another problem which is irrelevant in this thread.

    As for feeding, I have given up doing full BF and boot camp to boost milk supply. With bub only catnapping, it is physically and mentally exhausting to me. I am happy having DH bottle feed when he is home when I rest. I BF whenever I can so less stress on me. I express so DH can use the express milk. It is still not enough.

    Yesterday is day 1 of Losec. It seems to work a little. Acid up but no screaming bub. However, Bub still got one episode of screaming from the reflux last night.

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    Yes interested in the program. Waiting Bub to get his needle then will go from there.

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    Oh have you tried using white noise when bub is over tired? I have an app and when all else fails i put it on loud as it goes and ds will usually instantly stop crying, get relaxed and fall asleep.

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    Here's the link to Nagala in WA - I've not used them but I have friends who have. They have a helpline and do workshops, day stays etc.

    http://www.ngala.com.au

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    Yup. Also tried the white noise yesterday. now I know he likes to be rocked in my arms. We have been trying that today. The problem is that he gets woken up by stomach pain all the time. We have to resettle each time.


 

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