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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29-03-2013 23:55 #1
Sleep deprivation any tips for how to cope?
30-03-2013 00:00 #2Feel my wrath!
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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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30-03-2013 00:07 #3
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!!
30-03-2013 00:14 #4
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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30-03-2013 00:29 #5
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?
30-03-2013 00:40 #6
Coffee, coffee and more coffee!
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30-03-2013 16:05 #7Senior Member
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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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30-03-2013 16:15 #8
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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30-03-2013 16:24 #9Senior Member
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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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31-03-2013 00:58 #10
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