Atropos - I will have a read of those links tomorrow when I get a break. DH is staying home to help me, he's worried about me being home by myself.
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08-09-2014 21:27 #31
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08-09-2014 21:34 #32
@Cue I had a wonderful book when DD1 was a baby called "When your baby cries". God it was a lifesaver. It made me feel sane to have a baby that needed to be held 24/7 and that there was nothing wrong with her nor me for feeling a little resentful about it.
My first 2 kids were so difficult as babies and it was so draining. I don't have any words of advice except I'm glad your hubby is staying home tomorrow and taking this seriously. Take care.
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08-09-2014 21:52 #33
Just want to add I've read a few places that 6 weeks is the 'peak' crying time.
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09-09-2014 06:33 #34
09-09-2014 08:46 #35
We had a good night, DS slept from about 10ish until 3am so another good stretch. I think he's just so shattered from feeding for hours on end.
Hopefully I get some naps out of him today...
10-09-2014 02:04 #36
@Atropos thanks for those links, I've had a read and it's reassuring to see his behaviour is normal. However, with the exception of the 4th trimester article, they seem to suggest it should only last a few days and then settle. DS has been cluster feeding and wakeful during the day/wanting to be held all the time for a couple of weeks now. I have read about the period of purple crying and thinking maybe that explains it, but who knows! I just want a happy baby and to be able to enjoy him. I spent a lot of time crying today
10-09-2014 08:02 #37
10-09-2014 08:44 #38Senior Member
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As Atropos said, any chance it could be colic/reflux/silent reflux? My DS2 had severe reflux and was in pain and screamed all the time, one of the things that "soothes" the pain is to have a drink, but it only lasts for that moment so they go back to screaming straight away. It was really difficult - we had about 4 months of screaming almost all day and night and wanting to feed all the time. Then the meds and then it was a bit better - but the reflux took awhile to resolve.
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10-09-2014 17:10 #39
DD had reflux due to her CMPI but this seems different - his crying isn't as intense as hers was and he doesn't seem to be in pain (no legs pulling up, no arching etc). It's just an unhappy miserable/tired kind of cry. I just think if I can get him to sleep during the day it'll be so much easier and he'll feed much better.
10-09-2014 21:57 #40
Ok so tonight I did half a feed on the breast (just offered one side) and then gave him a bottle with about 65ml of EBM. He left about 10ml, so I'm confident he was full. When he started showing tired signs we wrapped him and started settling - he cried quite a lot, I managed to get him to take the dummy and he fell asleep in my arms. I held him for about 10/15min then tried to pop him into the bassinet - he woke and cried immediately! Couldn't settle him back to sleep so now he's back on the breast, taking the let-downs but mostly comfort sucking and dozing.
This is making me think it's not a hunger issue, but a comfort thing. What do you think?
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