I want to talk about bit about something most parents aren’t aware of, and we call it the second night syndrome! What?... Yes, a group of “symptoms”, that occurs together. Sounds a bit scary, but don’t worry!
For the first 1-2 hours after birth your baby is going to be very active and alert, this is the time they breast crawl and latch on. They generally get a really good feed during this time, but after that second hour they fall into a deep sleep. They usually do not want to be woke up much, or remain alert until the next day. On the second day baby is going to go through neurological function changes that quite frankly may make you start questioning everything.
Do you remember during pregnancy when it seemed as though baby would be awake and active during the times you wanted to sleep (mostly at night), and would be still and quite during the times you were up and active? This is because all that swaying was comforting to baby, and you essentially rocked them to sleep in the womb. Well, baby is still going to want this type of schedule. You may find active periods during the night more often than you will during the day, and baby may be fussy and want to be held and fed during the day.
Right now on this second day, baby is probably thinking “Hey, I want to go back where I came from, why can’t I?! I guess the second best thing is to be skin to skin and fed. Let’s do this, A LOT! I love it!” So, on this second day you may find yourself with a fussy baby; a baby who may not want to be put down, and who wants to constantly nurse. The closest thing they can find to still being in your belly is skin to skin, feeling your warmth, hearing your heart beat, and breathing. I promise you, it will be over soon. You are awesome, and you can get through this! You have enough milk, and you are not doing anything wrong.
The best thing I can tell you is to be prepared. Nap when you can! Take turns doing skin to skin with your partner. Spend that day in bed with baby on you when you are not sleeping. Limit visitors. Don’t worry about your milk not being in yet, baby is getting enough! Take a deep breath, because you got this.