Early this morning, Tate woke up hungry and rather than getting up and taking him into the living room to nurse, I decided it was time to try to nurse him laying down.
It took him a few minutes to latch the first time, but he did eventually latch. Then, I was able to easily switch him to the other side. He woke again later and I was able to nurse this way again.
There are two genuine victories here. I was able to rest while nursing him, and he never truly woke up. He easily fell back to sleep after each feeding and my husband was able to get a night of sleep that was almost entirely without interruption. This worked out well because the babe was up and at ‘em at 7:30, and my husband took him, allowing me to sleep until 9:00.
I also wanted to give an update on my supply problems. We are still giving him one formula bottle a day, but I can tell my milk supply has definitely increased as I am nursing him as often as I can. I wish I had more clearly understood the concept of how supply and demand effects milk supply when I left the hospital. I am hoping that by next week, Tate will be solely breast fed! I will keep you abreast (har-di-har) of those developments.
I so appreciate everyone weighing in on our sleeping situation and issues with nursing. You may have just saved my sanity!