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brestfeeding my newborn...

i have a week old baby boy and i have been nursing him for over an hour!!! he falls asleep at the breast and as soon as i put him down in his crib he starts fussing and acting hungry again. so i put him back on the breast and he'll eat for 10-30 more minutes and the same thing all over again! arg! what the crap is going on?! i know he's getting milk b/c i hear him swallowing and he has enough wet/dirty diapers each day.

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Asked by mandielynn23 at 10:48 PM on Oct. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Hey sweetheart! He is so adorable. I can't wait to see him. try when he is feeding to tickle the bottom of his feet. i worked with my youngest when she was breastfeeding. also he may just be fussy and not want to be in his crib. try rocking him or putting him in the swing. hope this helps

    Answer by littlemommy81 at 11:00 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • omg i soo know what ur talking about! doesnt it seem like once you finish its time to feed him again!? My dd used to be exactly the same. Lightly tap him on his cheek or play with his hair or jus try to do something to keep him awake while feeding. :)

    Answer by OliviasMommy614 at 11:00 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • This isn't abnormal at all. Remember, he's been close to you, hearing your heartbeat and feeling your warmth for nine months and that's where he's most secure. Nursing is about comfort as well as satisfying hunger. Don't be afraid to let housework, etc. go by the way for a while and hold him as much as you can--skin-to-skin if possible. Slings are great to have too if you absolutely must get some things done because they allow you to move around and hold him at the same time. Babies can even nurse in them.
    This stage doesn't last too long. Sometimes it can make you weary, but enjoy it as much as possible. They grow up too fast. *wistful sigh* :)

    Answer by TexaBamaBaby at 11:01 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Welcome to life with a newborn. The trouble here is that his need to sleep and his need to eat are happening at the same time. I used to have to strip my daughter down to her diaper to keep her awake to take a good feeding sometimes...otherwise they get lazy, relaxed and pass out. If he starts falling asleep at the breast, unlatch him and burp him to keep him awake. Once you think he's had enough, re-dress or wrap him up and put him down. If you pat his chest gently, sometimes that will help him fall back asleep. You could also offer a pacifier (if you're not opposed) although some will tell you it will interfere with breastfeeding attempts at this age. Good Luck!

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 11:01 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • It's a normal newborn thing. He'll grow out of it. It's not like that forever, trust me, or there wouldn't be so many breastfed babies. ;)

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 11:10 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • thank you everyone! he finally went to sleep in his crib, hopefully he'll stay that way for a few hours.

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 11:19 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • He's bonding with you to ensure that you don't eat him out of frustration that he won't stop nursing. **grin**

    This is 100% normal.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:42 AM on Oct. 28, 2009

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