Posted by Kelly M on October 16, 2003 at 06:13:21:
In Reply to: having a hard time coping posted by Tara on October 15, 2003 at 20:57:49:
: I'm a stay-at-home mom of an almost 4 month old daughter. For a while she was either sleeping through the night or waking up once to nurse, and now she is waking up about 3-4 times a night, and often doesn't go back to sleep. She also doesn't nap much, and lately has been having 12 hour stretches without napping. I can tell she is tired, but when she falls asleep, I lay her down, and she is up again in minutes. Her breastfeeding habits are getting really tough; she'll nurse for a couple minutes on one side, and then refuse the other. Of course she wants to eat again soon. She even does this when she wakes up in the morning. I'm having a very hard time dealing with all this, and her growing fussiness. Instead of getting easier with age, she is becoming more difficult. I'm miserable, and I hate what my life has become. I want to enjoy her growing up times, but instead I'm full of frustration, and guilt for my feelings. I could really use some help!
It could be that she is teething. I can relate when my daughter was small she would not sleep she always wanted to feed.
But when she was 8 weeks old i went to get her weighed and she only weighed 8lb 6oz (she was 6lb 10 at birth) it turned out that my breast milk was drying up. So i had to swict to formula. As soon as she was on the forumla she actualy started sleeping more and then through the night.
At 4 months have you tried her with baby food yet at this age they can have tastes (baby rice etc)
Always think "this will not last forever" Maybe you could express some breast milk in a bottle and get your husband to feed her in the night while you get some sleep.
Hope thinks get better soon