The whole sleep thing is not something that we can do very well right now and I'd love some help! We normally can get her to sleep at night between 8 and 10pm after much crying and stop-starting (i.e. napping for 5 or 10 minutes and then waking crying again). She'll sleep for a good 4-5 hours then wake up for a feed and be back asleep within 1/2 - 1 hour for another 3 - 5 hour stint. Then its morning and thats the end of sleeping! She will be up for a good 6 hours - crying, feeding, napping but not sleeping for any more than 30 minutes at a time. Eventually she'll go to sleep for between 2 and 3 hours before we go through the whole 6 hour wake up period again!
My midwife thinks that she is not feeding efficiently and has told me to keep putting her to the breast especially if she sucks on a finger. However, I've tried that and all she does is feed for two minutes and go back to sleep. No amount of rousing will wake her again (until 10 minutes has passed when she wakes screaming). I think she just wants to comfort suck and have given her a dummy which works (half a second sucking and she's asleep) until it falls out and then she's awake again.
How much should she sleep? Am I trying to put her to sleep when she doesn't want to and therefore she's fighting it? Am I missing her tired signs and she's getting overtired? Why are days so hard when nights are okay?
Mum to Caitlin & Owain