Post # 1
Has anyone else dealt with this? My son is 3 weeks old and last week and this week he seems to be on a schedule of eating all day long once a week. He is breastfed and he has been gaining weight and he is getting plenty of milk according to his weight before and after feeding. For some reason though on Fridays he seems to think he must eat all day long. If he does not then he screams his head off.
My oldest son has him now which is the only reason I am able to write this. If anyone has any ideas/suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Darling Husband is at work so he is not able to help. He took him before he left for work for 45 minutes so I could take a nap. The baby cried almost the whole time.I told Darling Husband he is getting the baby most of tomorrow cause my nerves are shot right now.
I know cluster feeding is normal…but all day long??? Last week it was from 5 am to 10 pm…his normal bedtime. Today it has been since 6 am. I am lucky in that DS sleeps about 5 hours in one shot at night and is typically up every 2 hours after that. But that means cluster feeding daily for about 5-6 hours so I am used to some cluster feeding….it is just all day long without being able to take a break that is wearing me out.
Post # 3
I think babies have a growth spurt right about now. That could be why baby is feeding so much right now. You could also try increasing the amount of time you nurse for each feeding. That may space the feedings out a bit. Have you tried a binky? Baby may be using you as a pacifier.
Post # 4
Is he actually feeding properly every time, ie swallowing milk? If not he may be using you as a pacifier. My daughter did this and it was exhausting!
could there be something else wrong that is causing his crying? The nursing may be soothing him but may not be what he is crying for.
I hope this stage doesn’t last long for you
Post # 5
Hey, I was just thinking, with my third, I thought she wanted to be fed, but she was gassy and I just kept feeding her. POOR BABY!! I finally figured it out, and gave her Mylicon drops. You would think I would have figured something like that out a lot quicker, but when you are tired and baby is always crying, it’s hard to know! Maybe you could try the drops with baby?
Post # 6
@35thannidaughter: When I say cluster I mean cluster. He will eat nonstop. I can’t get 5 minutes alone to go to the bathroom..lol. Yes he has a binky and yes I have started using the drops. The screaming equals more gas…no burps while baby screams…so I have been using them the past few days. He toots while nursing so he is getting it out.
@Hereformydailydose: Yes he is swallowing. It is like he is starving. He will take the binky, but only for short periods. If I try to burp him on my shoulder he will root down my body till he finds boob. The only way I can try to burp him is sitting forward away from me with my hand on his belly. I am hoping it is just a growth spurt.
Post # 7
I went through this and it is very hard! Good luck to you! You can do it and it won’t last forever. We had a couple rounds with this and it was so emotionally draining. Best to you!
Post # 8
My son acted similarly for a while, and when we went back to the ped’s he had gained wayy more weight than expected, so I guess it was just a growth spurt. I know it seems impossible but he’ll slow down eventually. When we took my son home he couldn’t last an hour without latching on (when nurses said to feed him every 2-3 hours) but now he can almost always do 2 hours during the day, and 3-6 hour stretches at night.
Could you pump and have someone give him a bottle once a day so you can rest? You would probably have to wake up during his 5 hour rest to pump, but then you could have a break later in the day. Good luck! I used to always tell myself that if my worst problem is that my little one wants to eat too frequently, than that is a wonderful problem to have.