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    Default If you switched from BF to bottles...

    ... did it settle your baby? DS is 6wks old and his feeds are so erratic. I know it's early days but it's really stressing me out. He cluster feeds for hours at night (like 4hrs or more at a time) and during the day will only sleep in my arms or in the car or pram. It's exhausting and I'm struggling.

    I'm wondering if bottle feeding will save my sanity...

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    This is normal for a breastfed baby and it does settle. 6 weeks is often the time women start to doubt their supply and move to bottles- what is happening is baby is increasing your supply by increasing demand. It's their first big growth spurt. This is what is supposed to happen and it does settle pretty soon.
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    Also, have you got a sling or carrier? Was a lifesaver with my Velcro bub.

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    I am so sorry that you are struggling. This mothering thing is a bloody hard job!!! I currently only have one child who is breastfed so I can't share personal experience about swapping to bottles but I read a study that said breastfeeding mums get on average 45min more sleep everyday then bottle feeding mums. My guess is that it's a very individual thing tho.
    Have you spoken to your CHN yet? Are you feeling confident that bub is all ok and it's just newborn feeding or do you think something needs to be addressed? Are you in a mothers group? When I started mothers group at about 6 weeks I found it really helpful in showing me what is normal (and finding tips for me to cope) and what is not really normal so I could look at getting it fixed. For me my feeding was difficult because my bub had a tongue and lip tie. I found 6 weeks was about the time that people stopped visiting and offering to help. Please reach out to your support network. Ask for someone to bring a few freezer meals. Get a friend to pop over and take bub for a walk so you can rest for 40 min. In hindsight I think people really want to help but they stop offering and you need to ask.
    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    This is normal for a breastfed baby and it does settle. 6 weeks is often the time women start to doubt their supply and move to bottles- what is happening is baby is increasing your supply by increasing demand. It's their first big growth spurt. This is what is supposed to happen and it does settle pretty soon.
    I am fairly confident in my supply, DS has had good weight gains after a shaky start, I've been on Motilium for 3 weeks and it feels like there's milk in there. I had lots of supply problems with DD as a result of her poor feeding and a complication I had after her birth. I switched to prescription formula at 12wks with her (which resolved her failure to thrive, reflux, tummy pain etc from CMPI) so she's not really a 'typical' baby that I can compare this to.

    Honestly, as stressful as the cluster feeding is, it's the inability to put him down that is killing me. I'm also paranoid he'll get unsettled and sick like DD did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Also, have you got a sling or carrier? Was a lifesaver with my Velcro bub.
    I have a hugabub, peanut shell sling and a baby bjorn but haven't had much success. I can't figure out the hugabub and he just cried when I tried the peanut shell. The baby bjorn was ok when I tried it when out for a short time but he wouldn't settle in it when I tried at home.

    I need to try the hugabub again I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCreamingSoda View Post
    I am so sorry that you are struggling. This mothering thing is a bloody hard job!!! I currently only have one child who is breastfed so I can't share personal experience about swapping to bottles but I read a study that said breastfeeding mums get on average 45min more sleep everyday then bottle feeding mums. My guess is that it's a very individual thing tho.
    Have you spoken to your CHN yet? Are you feeling confident that bub is all ok and it's just newborn feeding or do you think something needs to be addressed? Are you in a mothers group? When I started mothers group at about 6 weeks I found it really helpful in showing me what is normal (and finding tips for me to cope) and what is not really normal so I could look at getting it fixed. For me my feeding was difficult because my bub had a tongue and lip tie. I found 6 weeks was about the time that people stopped visiting and offering to help. Please reach out to your support network. Ask for someone to bring a few freezer meals. Get a friend to pop over and take bub for a walk so you can rest for 40 min. In hindsight I think people really want to help but they stop offering and you need to ask.
    Good luck.
    Xxx
    I am seeing the nurse & LC at my local clinic and she has been great, no tongue ties or anything like that. DS seems to be healthy, he was slow to gain his birth weight and we were admitted to the children's hospital for a few days with vomiting but the Drs are happy with him now.

    I have a great mothers group that I've been with since DD was born 3yrs ago. I do have a good support network and I'm seeing a good psych (my PND has been creeping back over the last couple of weeks). Despite all this i still find this whole newborn phase so stressful.

    Sorry for all the posts, don't know how to multi quote on iphone.

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    I know it's not what you want to hear, but babies still cluster feed as newborns on formula. I had DD on formula from day 5, DS on EBM until 14 weeks, yet they had very similar feeding patterns.

    For me personally I found it a myth that formula stops the constant feeding. My DD fed 2 hourly, sometimes more, around the clock until 6 weeks when one night she slept through. DS slept through about 8 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue View Post
    I have a hugabub, peanut shell sling and a baby bjorn but haven't had much success. I can't figure out the hugabub and he just cried when I tried the peanut shell. The baby bjorn was ok when I tried it when out for a short time but he wouldn't settle in it when I tried at home.

    I need to try the hugabub again I think.
    Look for tutorial videos on you tube. Once you get the hang of it it's super easy.

    It's so hard when they're like that. I really doubt he's so unsettled due to bf though. More likely just growing/changing and having a hard time with it. My first was no different when I switched to formula at 13 weeks. Sleep was exactly the same, just as unsettled during the day. But he went on a nursing strike and I didn't know what that was at the time so just thought he hated BF! Formula didn't change anything other than that he actually drank something.

    Hope it gets easier for you soon!

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    Oh Cue I know this is a frustrating response but to me it sounds like you are doing everything right so maybe you just need time. 6 weeks is right in the thick of it! I used a hugabub and they really are simple once you get the hang of it. Have you looked at YouTube vids? Once you have wrapped and tied it on and you are happy you can wear it all day and just pop bub in and out. Good luck. X

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