Hugs for Jenni! IMHO nursing does hurt, it does, with a good latch not as much, but still! DS has clamped down on me 3 times since we brought him home - yowie!!! DD was pretty funny after that scene, re-enacting it with her dolly :). And for you, when the rest of your body is in pain from recovery, lack of sleep, stress, hormones, frustration, brand-new-mommy etc. All factored, of course it can be unbearable!!!! IDK if other Mommies will agree with me, but I wanted u 2 know it is not just all in your head!
I noticed in the last couple days DS roots around and goes a little crazy & it looks like he is having trouble latching... this drove me nuts in the first 2 days, very frustrating. Since then my instinct tells me it helps him shape the nipple, so I let him go ahead and then he can latch on totally by himself. No more boobie sandwich, it's really not necessary since those first couple of days. No more stressing over latch and hold and all of that junk they had me stressing about in the hospital. Not that their advice was wrong, I just think it was the extra advice he/we needed in those first couple of days while we got to know each other.
Vitamin D drops - yay the hospital gave me a bottle for DS & it has no taste or smell!!!
http://myrealreview.ca/baby-ddrops-review-and-giveaway/ I'm going to try it with his afternoon nursing today (just incase it makes him throw up). The stuff the Doc prescribed for DD 5 years ago was horrid... it stank of orangerind (bitter, eww) and from what I recall tasted the same. I used it 3x, DD threw it up each time, I threw it out and lied to the doctor every time she asked. :P But, DD was born in April so there WAS sunshine for her daily. Never been told they need anything more - does the doctor think the twins need extra vitamins because they were premature? If they are otherwise healthy and you eat a good healthy diet I would think they otherwise will be getting all they need (except D) through you???
checking in here - how's it going to the mom's BF'ing? We are doing well - I can tell he'll be a comfort nurser already like his brother was. Sigh. Hopefully I'll master baby wearing and nursing that would give me my arms! Anyone any good at that? Suggestions?
I'm also super curious about this feeding while wearing thing!
Originally Posted by kmm123
We're working hard around here to increase my milk. Our routine is to give him 1 ounce of supplement, nurse for 40 minutes and then I pump for 20 while his Dad gives him another ounce. I'd never, ever pumped more than 1/2 ounce before - until today when I pumped 2 ounces after his feeding! I'm feeling hopeful that maybe my supply might be okay in the end :)
I have huge boobs so really need two hands every time I nurse to hold his head in place and my boob in place. So nursing in a carrier is sort of impossible right now. Once baby is a little older it's easier to do it in a carrier. I have done it in the ergo a bunch of times. But now with a toddler I will probably need to figure out how to do that earlier.
Bf'ing is going pretty well for us. On Wednesday and Thursday nights DH gave one bottle of formula around 4am so I could sleep. I never did that Thomas and I'm glad I'm dong it now bc with two kids I will need some sleep! Last night baby had a 3 hour stretch so I didn't take the break bc my boobs would have been to full.
Our latch could probably be improved, especially on the right but other than that we are doing pretty good!!
Ugh I'm getting the sore spots again. One last night righty one today lefty. Not sure what the cause is but we've cleared them both... noticed DS was doing a tongue clicking especially when on righty so am watching that and have re-latched him when necessary. I put crushed raw garlic in my food and am convinced it helps tonnes.
What is the garlic supposed to do? Interesting!
I am so full these days. I can't wait for my boobs to figure out how much milk they really need bc they are just so big and ugly now.
Well, we are at the almost two week mark! I'm happy to say that bf-ing has come pretty easily this time. I struggled with ds and my dh was not supportive-told me baby was going to starve to death before my milk came in and such...he's a worry wort. This time, dh has been great...and he can tell T Is getting enough because she gained a pound from her first check up to the following week. She goes anywhere from 1.5-3.5 hours between feeds. I swaddle her at night and she usually is up twice between midnight and 6/7 am.
But I have a question-T seems to prefer my left boob and the right one has a more forceful let down. Because she had been gassy when I offered her both sides during a feeding, I've been offering her one side each time (alternating), except at night when she gets a little time on the second side to keep me from making a mess in bed. How long does it take to regulate supply? And is there anything I can do to help slow my let down reflex in the right breast?
it took quite some time for my supply to be regulated. we're talking months.
my guy seems to prefer lefty over righty too. and he seems to be satisfied after just one boob! i can't do anything to wake him up for boob #2! at night he will sometimes go for the second boob but almost never during the day. so of course my right one is starting to get some hard spots. i've been trying to put him to it more but that's the one i have a very sore nipple on. ah well, it'll work itself out.
as far as a fast letdown, what if you laid on your back and had baby nurse on her belly on top of you? gravity does wonders to your let down. that way she can suck what she wants and probably the milk won't squirt out as quickly when it has to go up!
Garlic = just seems to help get the bumps out, lol. I swear it works. I'm sure switching positions does help so I'm interested in learning more than our 2.
Nancy when nursing with baby-on-top... do u hold baby's head up so they don't cover their nose or put a little rolled receiving blanket under boob/their chest or what?
Anne can you pump righty off a little before T's feeding?
Anne I had to do lots of things to get past forceful letdown until Evan was old enough to keep up. Sometimes I'd pop him off and just catch the spray (literally I was like a hose) in a burp cloth then let him nurse. As he got bigger I'd nurse him laying down and he was able to just let the excess dribble out and swallow what he could. It took a few months to really regulate my supply too. I'm thankful for a good supply but I'm hoping perhaps my body won't be so excited to make milk this time - I had to sleep on towels b/c I'd drench the bed every night.....