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Old 05-05-2012, 06:50 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by mommyria2
How can I get my newborn to sleep somewhere other than on me? He will nurse to sleep and when I try to set him down he wakes up almost immediately and cries until he's back on a boob. My nipples need a break, I need a break. He also screams whenever dh holds him. He's only 2 days old and I don't know how long I can handle this. I have a toddler to take care of too.
This is so me too. My dd4 is 5 days and i haven't had a break from her since she was born. She nurses constantly and must be held. She won't sleep except on me or next to me in bed. I have a 22 month old and three other kids.

It's very frustrating and not fair to my toddler either. I can wear the baby but my dd deserves some one on one time too. We are considering switching to bottles and pumping so others can feed her and then maybe she will let others hold her.


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Old 05-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #12
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Re: Newborn sleeping help

this is a very short time in a new baby's life....even the 1st 6 wks or so can be like this. It is normal and to establish a good supply, it is important as well. They spent 9 mo attached inside, so they need time to adjust to the outside. Even toddlers can understand and be flexible (my 1st 2 are 14 mo apart). At the age of under a week, your milk could still be working on coming in and it can take up to 1-2 wks to have it transition over fully from colostrum. Even nursing 24/7, my milk never comes in until day 5.
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