- 2 months ago
- Wedding: July 2016
Hello you haven’t mentioned is there a reason why your husband can’t take care of your baby? Also are you exclusively breastfeeding or will she take a bottle? Ff she will take a bottle and you trust your husband, if he won’t help at home then I would just leave and get a room for a night. Is there family or friends house you could stay at that would help care for her so you just nurse? I think we can give you lots of suggestions, but it’s not going to be useful until you get more rest.
When I first brought my baby home she was up every hour, with me nursing her for 30 minutes, spending 30 minutes upright for reflux (which normally she slept during) usually I could put her down in her bassinet for about 10 minutes before she would wake up. So I feel your pain, sleep deprivation is no deal. That was only one week so I can’t imagine more.
A few questions for you, how often are you feeding her and how long does she eat? My daughter is 7 weeks old and went from being able to nurse to sleep to now nurse one side, fuss a little, nurse the other side, rock back in forth in arms offering pacifier to suck on, once calm sway back and forth holding her while while sushing, and patting her back. After 10 minutes of this she usually will fall asleep on me. If not we will go outside for a walk and then try the whole process again starting with a diaper change. Do you have any time during the day you go outside? Do you have a swing or rocking bassinet?
As others stated please ask someone to give you a break and talk to a doctor about anxiety. You need to take care of yourself before you can your precious little one. Also, once you can get some rest, I recommend posting on the what to expect forum for ideas about helping your baby get some sleep. I have seen similar posts with the same problem.