At 6 weeks she decided she didnt want to sleep for 3 days straight - I took her to the Doctor and Maternal and Child Healthcare Nurses and both ruled out COLIC, LACTOSE DEFICIENCY, REFLUX along with constipation, wind and allergies. The MACH Nurse said it was OVERTIREDNESS causing the problems
Ever since those 3 days she has (the last 6 weeks) She will sleep all night but then scream all day and at night till she goes to sleep
Her routine consists of:
Between 5 and 8am she will wake for a feed as soon as she has finished her feed she goes straight back to sleep (i cant keep her awake) she will not wake up untill after 12pm, she has a feed as soon as she wakes up. After this bottle is when she starts to scream. She will have 10min catnaps between the bouts of screaming (probably to regain her energy for another round!) this will continue till after midnight sometime (so basically for 12 hours) Once she goes to sleep after midnight she will sleep all night till she wants her morning bottle.
Other things along with the screaming is she hates lying on her tummy, she will last for about 30 seconds before she starts screaming.
Also she doesnt drink her bottles, no matter what time i give it to her. She will start to drink then start playing around with it. When she manages to get a little bit more than half way through the bottle she stops (and at this stage i also burp her) After she brings up her wind she refuses to drink the >60mls she has left in the bottle. Im giving her 180mls, every 4 hours (approx 5 bottle a day) I have changed her to various teats with but to no avail
I have tried the sleep/settling routines, wrapping her tightly in a blanket (but i stopped this as she has managed to work her way loose and pull the blanket over her face), i have tried changing her formula (The first 2 weeks after she was born she was breastfed then changed to formula due to improper weight gain, she started with S26 then Heinz nurture starter then back to S26). I have even tried letting her scream herself to sleep(with trying to settle her everey few minutes of course), but this only makes her worse. She only way she will go to sleep, is when she "feels" like it and she will put herself to sleep. i have also tried giving her the product CALM which doesn't work either.
Im seriously at wits end here. I have no support from my family (they told me to have an abortion when i first fell pregnant, and now they are telling me to give her up for adoption). I have had 6 years history with mental illness, and was diagnosed with prenatal depression whilst pregnant, and now have been diagnosed with postnatal depression. I know nothing can be done about the depression, its just me, i know it wont go away even with help (i have tried). All i want is for her to stop screaming. She is such an unhappy baby, she doesnt smile and doesnt laugh she doesnt even attempt to try and roll over. I have tried doing various things with her but it wont make her any happier. The MACH Nurse said she would book me into QE2 so help stop her screaming and start feeding properly, but i cant go there because my parents dump my 2 year old sister on me everyday and if im not at home to look after her, they more than likely will kick me out of home and let me live on the streets.
This problem does go further than her sleeping pattern, but this isnt what this forum is about. All i want is for her to stop screaming all day and sleep like a normal baby.
I better go now because she is screaming and my stepdad is threatning to hit me if i dont settle her down.