Post # 1
My baby girl is 9 days old and we have days where all she wants to do is eat for hours and hours. Today I fed her from about 11:30 to 5, she finally went down for a bit and I had to feed her again. She is stirring agian now so I will be soon feeding again. It is very overwhelming and frustrating. I’ve called the hospital twice and was told all looks well, she’s gainig weight and it may just be a growth spurt.
Any advice would be great. So far all I’m being told is it’s a growth spurt and this will pass.
Post # 3
@july09bridetobe: Breast milk is easier for the baby to digest so they are hungry quicker. Also, are you sure the baby is not wanting to cuddle, smell you and affection?Try to pump the milk and let someone else feed the baby to see if its hunger or affection driven. Also, is the baby accepting the pacifier? Maybe you have become the mommy, smells good, loves me so much pacifier. Try to mix it up and see what happens. Good luck.
Post # 4
I’d make sure that she is nursing correctly. She may not be getting enough at each sitting.
Post # 5
Can you tell if she is actually eating that whole time? After a while you get used the the sound of her actually swallowing versus just soothing herself by sucking. It definitely does feel like you are constantly feeding them for the first few weeks.
After that, they get more efficient and you aren’t feeding as long. Growth spurts do happen but they should last more than a few days as far as I know.
If you aren’t opposed to this, you can try a pacifier if she seems to be sucking and not swallowing. But breastfeeding is definitely hard. I know i wanted to give up after a few weeks but now I’m feeling much better about everything and it FINALLY doesn’t hurt as much! I’m sorry if this doesn’t help much but it’s all I can tell you as a new mom myself of a 7 week old!
Post # 6
They do cluster feed during growth spurts so that may be exactly what it is. Mine is doing that during week 3 but part of the time he is using me as a pacifier and I just have to unlatch him and wait until he cries for more (about 5 minutes) and then let him re-latch. My pediatrician told me that he’ll learn that when he is latched he is supposed to eat if I don’t allow him to use me as a pacifier.