Tired Mom Needs Help

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acrone - July 4

My dd is 6 weeks old and seems to still be getting up to eat every 2-3 hours. She is bottle fed and eats about 2 1/2 to 3 oz in each feeding and will not or I can not get her to eat anymore. Each tiem she is waking up, she is hungery. What can I do? I have gone 6 weeks with only sleeping 2-3 hours at a time and it is starting to wear on me and I need to go back to work soon. I was thinking of starting to give her rice cereal in her bottle at night to help fill her up. Need any help you can give.


Nerdy Girl - July 4

I don't mean to depress you, but I think this is totally normal at 6 weeks. My son was the same way, and over time he just started sleeping longer and longer stretches. I know...I was also at my wits end, totally overtired and trying to care for two kids all day on virtually no sleep. But it will get better. I would talk to your pediatrician before giving her cereal at 6 weeks. Introducing that stuff too early might cause allergies.


angelbebe - July 4

Yep, unfortunately, this is normal! My dd is 5 weeks old and last night she was up every 2 hours! Yuck! I would NOT go to anything but either b___stmilk or formula yet, but your talk to your pediatrician to see if there is anything more you can do. Hang in there! This does pa__s!


torbman - July 4

Acrone is there anyone that would be able to take at least one feeding for you so that you could get caught up on your sleep? My hubby takes the last feeding before he goes to bed and then the one when he gets up and this helps big time. I am able to get more rest then. If not hubby, and relatives that could come and and do a feeding so that you could have a rest? I know its hard to pa__s on to someone else your babe, but if you don't take care of yourself too then its even harder to take care of babes. Hope this helps Tamara


TCB - July 4

I have a 7 week old who is doing the same thing you just have to be happy that you are getting any sleep at all.


hrsmith - July 4

There is light at the end of the tunnel. My son did the exact same thing. I think he started to have a longer stretch of sleeping around 10 weeks or so. he slept for 4-5 hours. Don't worry, it will soon pa__s. i thought time had actually stopped when my son was that old. Lack of sleep can take a toll on your body. Hopefully you have someone that can take a feeding for you. My husband is a late night person so I would feed my son around 9:00 or so, then he would do the 12:00 feeding. i would then do the 3:00 feeding. this way I would at least get 5-6 hrs. of sleep. Otherwise, make caffeine your best friend:) I know i did once I stopped bf. It's funny, now all i need is 5-6 hrs. of sleep. Your body gets used to it. feel free to pop on any time you need to vent. this forum has definitely helped me at times.


acrone - July 4

Thank you for all your help and support. I am glad to know that it will get better. Thank you again for feeling the same way I do.... These are all the things that they don't talk about in baby books or magazines...


Jenn2 - July 4

My daughter is 2.5 weeks old, and believe it or not....the other night she slept from 10pm to 5:45 am. I have that book called, "the baby whisperer" and she talks about "tanking up" at night. You do not have to force your baby to eat more during a feed, but she teaches you to feed more frequently late in the day and before bedtime, so that your baby will be full, and more likely sleep longer at night. I dont know if my daughter is just going to be one of those that sleeps good at night, or if it is b/c of her method....which I am trying to do...even though I dont have it down pat yet. I also want to mention.....my daughter is somewhat colicky. She fusses all day long, and is really hard to get her down for a nap, but then sleeps pretty well at night. I guess I can handle the fussing as long as its mainly during the day, and not at night. Its strange, but who knows.......some babies are just different.


shannan - July 4

Acrone, My ds is the same way. He is almost 6 wks old and is b___stfed and up every 2-3 hours at night. When he gets up every 2 hours I think to myself, im actually getting less sleep b/c it takes me a little while to fall asleep after being up w/him. I am glad others on the forum are saying that it does get bettter, but I hate it when strangers or even friends ask "is he sleeping through the night yet?". They look at me like Im crazy when I say , no, not even close. But any Acrone, just wanting to let you know that you aren't alone :)


erenimi - July 5

This is normal at six weeks. It drove me crazy too. If gram and gramp can take her one night ever couple weeks, that REALLY helps. Made me feel like an aweful mom the first time, but its what kept me sane. I tried the cereal too, and honestly it did not help. There is nothing to do but wait it out. It will get better.



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