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Tiredness

What is everyone doing to cope with being so tired? I am breast feeding and cant really have caffeine. My son is 9 days old now and  I can barely function. I also lost a quart of blood during labor and am anemic now so that isnt helping my cause. 

Any tips? 

Re: Tiredness

  • I'm bfing and drink coffee. Sleep when baby sleeps, day or night. You'll adjust soon.
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  • I don't think there's much you can do but grin and bear it.  You'll get through it.

    My best advice would be to not pressure yourself to do anything but care for baby.  Meaning let the housework slide, it's ok if laundry piles up, and there's no shame in eating take out multiple nights a week!  It's temporary and the other tasks will still be there when you're feeling a little more rested.  Sleep when baby sleeps if you can, if not at least try to lay down and relax/rest while they are, it helps even if baby's sleeping on your chest.  Just laying in your bed for a bit will at least recharge you a bit.

     

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  • Girl, you can have a cup of coffee here and there! I had coffee this morning and breast fed right after I drank it, and LO slept all day! I also think that once I started to feel better from my c section I was rejuvenated too, so every day should get easier for you. The sleeping when baby sleeps thing is super hard in the beginning. It wasn't until recently when I finally started to do that. The best part of my day is after the 7 pm feed: I shower and get ready for bed and just lounge around on my phone or nap until LO is ready for the 10 pm feed. DH takes DS and watches tv and I just get some me time! Good luck and don't be afraid to ask for help!

  • I drank caffeine while pregnant and I drink lots of it now. : my baby is bf and sleeps like a rock. Ya never know until you try it!
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  • image Teacher Clark:
    I would be careful with coffee. I know so many women who say they can drink it and then don't understand why LO is fussy at night. I have a friend whose LO sleeps horribly at night, but she swears the coffee she drinks doesn't affect her


    I've read numerous studies that say less than 300mgs per day has no affect on infants.
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  • Your allowed to have 2 small cups a day while breast feeding
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  • Drink lots of water, out your feet up as much as possible and try to get one nap a day if you an.  Also, take an iron pill or each lots of iron rich food like spinach.  They will help.  I too lost a LOT of look at delivery and can attest to the low iron issue.  As for coffee, that's your call but I was told by my LC that f I wanted a cup to drink it right after a feeding or during as it would have a couple hours to work through my system before the next feed.  If you are going to have a cup though do it in the morning so that if LO does get fussy it's not at bed time.
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  • image OhBaby+2013:
    Drink lots of water, out your feet up as much as possible and try to get one nap a day if you an.  Also, take an iron pill or each lots of iron rich food like spinach.  They will help.  I too lost a LOT of look at delivery and can attest to the low iron issue.  As for coffee, that's your call but I was told by my LC that f I wanted a cup to drink it right after a feeding or during as it would have a couple hours to work through my system before the next feed.  If you are going to have a cup though do it in the morning so that if LO does get fussy it's not at bed time.

    I agree with this regarding the water and iron. You have to replenish your system after losing all that blood and fluids definitely help. Also, juices are a good fluid. The first two weeks are always the most exhausting. You'll start to feel better once you recover a little more. GL!

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  • I am super anemic from blood loss, too, so I feel your pain (or tiredness, as the case may be).  

    My baby is about 10 days older than yours and I'm already starting to get a little more sleep...or I've just gotten used to the lesser amount of sleep. Either way, I'm feeling more well rested. So, hang in there, you'll start to feel better soon!

    I've been drinking lots of water, taking my iron supplements, and eating lots of iron rich and vitamin C rich foods.  Vitamin C is important to help you body more efficiently absorb iron.  Also, keep snacks on hand that are easy to prep and eat so that you can have a little energy boost during or after nursing.  

    Also, the tiredness has been psychologically hard for me.  For a while I dreaded going to bed because I knew I wasn't really going to get a good night's rest.  My day seemed endless because no matter when I slept I knew I'd be up in 2-3 hours again.  To combat this, I make sure to get dressed as soon as I get out of bed in the morning and I put on my pjs at my designated "bed time".  Using clothing to mark the difference between day and night makes me feel better, even though I'm still tired.  

    Hope this helps!
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  • Naps, and when I need sleep I call my nieces! They're great babysitters!
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