Constant nursing

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  1. DD is now 4 weeks old. Still a slow nurser. She's now going through fussy periods in the early afternoon and late night, and her only source of comfort is to nurse for hours on end. She'll go more than 2 hours at a time. She may just be using me as a pacifier, and I'm not quite sure if there's anything I should do about it. I tried offering a pacifier, but she didn't take it.

    Any advice on whether this is normal, and if there's anything I can do about it. Stopping the nursing just makes her cry and she acts as if she's still hungry (putting hand in mouth).

    I have a 21mth old, and its driving me crazy having to nurse for hours on end .

  2. cherish - I don't have a lot of advice, but just wanted to say hang in there, it will get better soon. My guess is that she's hit a growth spurt, and many babies nurse frequently in the evening (it is when supply is the lowest).

    Good luck.
    Jennifer

  3. cherish, i had two who had these fussy periods in the evenings- 6-10 pm for one and about 4-7 pm for the other. have you tried using a sling, swaddling, rocking, letting her suck your fingers? putting hands in mouth doesn't necessarily signify hunger. she's probably fussy and doesn't know what to do with herself. she may also be overtired- none of mine could last 2 hours without a nap at that age.

    good news is it stops after a while= 2 1/2 or 3 months

    pilma

  4. Hi, my first DD did that. Nursed for hours on and off (mainly on though) from 8-11pm ish. I remember it from 3-8 weeks. When we went to the Ped for her 8 week check up she gained 2 oz per day instead of the customary 1 oz per day (so in 1 month she gained 4 lbs!) I say that b/c she nursed nursed nursed each nite during this time (which led to oversupply issues).

    Then around 8.5 weeks she figured out how to go to bed and it got better. So this will correct itself, and in the meantime I'm sure she's growing like crazy.

    I can relate to having a toddler running around and this isn't practical. I echo what pilma says about getting a sling and maybe letting her munch while you are carrying her and doing the dishes!

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