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First time nurser ?

Postby armywife1980 » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:18 pm

Ok, I have 3 other children but my newest is the only one that I've ebf. My problem is this. Alyssa is 8 days old today and it seems the past two days from like 2 or 3 pm until like 6 pm she is fussy and wants to constantly be attached to the breast. She sucks for a min then pulls away, dozes off, wakes up a few minutes later and wants the breast again. This goes on for hours (usually a 3-4 hr stretch of time). She has plenty of wet and poopy diapers and is gaining her birth weight back so I know that she is getting plenty of milk. What is the deal with this? Is this normal? How long will she do this for? I love nursing her and will NOT give a bottle or formula, but I must say, it's exhausting and I'm seriously getting cabin fever as it seems I'm always back in the bedroom with a baby attached to my breast. Any advice ladies?
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Postby stefanielynn » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:13 pm

This is COMPLETELY normal, and may last a couple of months. I don't know what it is, but a lot of babies go through a period of being fussy in the evenings. I can't remember if my first went through it, but I remember it with my youngest very clearly.
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Postby 27jillfinallypreggo » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:57 pm

This is very normal for bf babies. Mine both were fussy in the evenings until about 4/5 weeks and then it seemed to get better.

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Postby LaraE » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:51 am

Cluster feeding is what newborns do to regulate your milk supply. Totally normal. Doesnt last forever
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Postby armywife1980 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:45 pm

Thanks ladies. I have to say that it's a bit exhausting at times and I feel like I'm constantly nursing and not getting anything else done. I love the look on her little face though when she's all milk drunk:) Oh, and I'm sooo hungry all the time. Please tell me that gets better too?
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Postby jessm » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:38 am

It gets better. But yeah, they have their fussy periods. Maybe try just nursing int he living room? I was nursing back in the nursery all by myself for awhile and it was depressing. Finally I said eff it, and just nursed in the living room. Unless we had male company, then I would go back into the nursery. Women I just told I was whipping it out and they could look the other way if they wanted.
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Postby armywife1980 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:11 pm

jessm- I try to nurse as often as possible out front but with 2 teenage sons and other people's children running in and out all the time it's a rarity to be able to nurse in the living room. I'll be glad when school starts back up and it's "big kid" free around here during the day.
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Postby jessm » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:25 am

Do you feel comfortable nursing with a cover yet? I know its hard to do. Just a suggestion, I know some people hate the cover. I would hate to be trapped in a room all by myself all the time. Its annoying. I only go back to the nursery for bedtime/naptime nurses.
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Postby ajs333 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:12 pm

Oh my. I so remember where you are. My husband would leave for work in the morning and I'd be sitting in the rocking chair nursing and he would come home in the evening and I'd be sitting in the exact same spot. It was as if I hadn't moved at all the entire day... just sat there nursing. It was always worse at night too. I PROMISE you it gets better. For me, it was around 6-8 weeks. Then each week it just somehow got easier and easier. Now its just like second nature. And no one had ever pointed this out to me, but *I* think nursing a newborn is just harder than nursing an older baby. They are so floppy and everything. They depend on you to do it all. Once they can support their own head a little better and put some of their weight on their hands and arms, it makes things a little more comfortable too. That is my take on it anyway. Hang in there. You'll be so glad you did.
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