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You can and should try the meditation and breathing. One of the best pieces of advice I can share that is simple but most people don’t follow it: just get out of bed when you can’t sleep. The more you TRY to sleep, the more you excite your sympathetic system, the harder it is to sleep. I know how hard it is to follow this piece of advice, but do try it. Of course, this is all complicated by the fact that you probably have to get up during the night to feed your baby. Is the baby eating any solid food yet? If so, feed it very well before going to bed. That’s an obvious suggestion.
However, I can’t fully agree with Amy. Sleep medications DO work if this isn’t a serious, long-term chronic problem (and it sounds like it isn’t). I don’t know which ones are safe to take while nursing, so that could be a problem. Trazadone works…at least for a while. Your body will always re-adjust eventually. Gabapentin also works for some people. I don’t think these are problematic in the short-run. Just don’t let them give you benzos or anything like that.