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    I'm so sorry, Nicole! That sounds terrible. It sounds like she's a good nurser though. How long will it take to clear up?

    AFM- we've been having a lot of trouble the past few days. So much that I've debated on quitting. I cried about it all day yesterday. My mom came over and said "oh, you have flat nipples like me" then she told me to I needed these nipple shields to help him nurse. So I sent Matt out to Babies R Us and he got me some of the Tommee Tipee ones and freakin guess what...they actually worked! Carter can get and stay latched on his own and I can see my milk is coming out! I never thought I'd be so happy to see his chin all wet. My supply is down, though. We went to the store and bought a lactation herb tea and the ingredients to make those cookies that Sandra posted. The tea wasn't too bad and the cookies were pretty good too. We will see what today brings. I hope I'm not too late in trying to get my milk back.
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    Jenni Carter isn't even 2 weeks old I am sure you can turn things around! So glad you found something that seems to help! But don't be too hard on yourself Carter is very lucky no matter what!

    Nicole - sorry about the mastitis I had it once with Evan and many clogged ducts it is NO fun!
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    Oh Nicole, I'm so sorry! I have had mastitis with both kids. With DD, she was 4 months old, and we got through it fine. Then with DS I had it when he was 1 week old. I know what kind of hell that is.

    Praying for a fast recovery for you!
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    Jenni, I'm so glad the nipple shield helped! I'm sure you'll be able to get your supply back up, just keep nursing as much as possible! Drain your breasts and let him suck even longer before you give him any formula. I hope the tea and cookies help!
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    Hey! So happy to find this thread. I have been pumping or BF for 6 weeks tomorrow. He came home from the NICU almost 4 weeks ago and have been exclusivly nursing him for 2 weeks!!

    But I just found out todday that we have thrush. SOOOO painful...

    I have huge mental problems with Bf. I have never been able to Bf my kids for as long as I wanted to (6m, 4m and 5m) and this being my last one, I really want to do it for like 9-12m.
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    nicole - so sorry about the mastitis. i had it twice with thomas and it was BRUTAL! the antibiotics landed me on the toilet for like 2 days straight. i hope that your mastitis clears up quickly. do you have a fever? try try try to take care of yourself. it's a real bummer! and i'm sure your boobs hurt!

    megan - congrats again on doing a great job bf'ing!

    jenni - how are you feeling today? any better? how has the nursing gone? have you tried to skip the bottle at all? i know your little guy will seem fussy but if you want to keep up the bf'ing you will need to keep him at the boob instead of giving him the formula. he is still so young, i'm sure you're not drying up! bf'ing is SO frustrating, isn't it? you'd think it would be easy since it's, you know, nature.

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    i'm already preparing myself to give my new little one a bottle. i made the mistake with thomas of not ever giving him a bottle. sure, i eventually became successful at bf'ing but my mental health was completely hindered in the process! i'll do the best i can. i don't have the luxury of being able to just lay around with the new baby at the breast like i did with my first. thomas is going to need his mommy too! though i will make a better go at trying to nurse with the baby in the ergo or the moby. we'll see if that helps things.

    keep up the good work everyone!
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    I swear every time Evan made a noise I nursed him. Every night I'd just sit around swapping sides. Part of me is looking forward to it again part of me is a bit nervous - it is very very restrictive at first.

    Bottles aren't really negotiable here, Evan was always good about going back and forth. Since I work 3 days a week he had to. But when I didn't work I virtually never used them, after the first month or two BF'ing was SOOOOOOOO much easier than pumping, bottles, cleaning etc.
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    Doing a little better today but not much. He was up all night last night alternating between fussing and screaming. We tried nursing, formula, the swing, the glider, skin to skin...nothing was working. I finally got to sleep around 5am and slept until 8 when he woke back up..would not nurse...gave him a bottle and waited for Matt to get back from his morning class. Then Matt took him so I could sleep for a few hours...got up at 2..went to get my car (remember the wreck over a month ago???)..did some errands while Matt watched the baby. I pumped twice today which I know isn't enough. Got 2 ounces the first time 1.5 the second. I finally got the baby to nap and I took a shower, washed dishes, did a load of laundry, pumped, and ate dinner. Oh. Did I mention that I'm having terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea? Yeah. Bad. It is excruciating to nurse him at this point. My nipples hurt so bad when he latches on..with or without the shields. I must be doing something wrong. I'm so very close to quitting. I didn't go to the lactation place today since I didn't have time so I'm going tomorrow after Carter's 1045 appt. I've cried and cried over this. I cry when I feed him because it hurts. I cry every time I give him another bottle of formula because I feel so damn guilty. Feeding my baby has been an absolute horrible experience.
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    Nicole: So sorry....oweee....I am having my 3rd bout of clogged duct and that is painful enough for me. Take it easy and take extra good care of yourself.

    Jenni: I am so sorry that you are having a difficult time. And I can relate on the frustration and sadness, but don't despair and don't give up! You can do this. I think you must have a latch issue with Carter if it hurts so much. I am glad that you are going to see a LC tomorrow. I went today, and, I swear, it was like a BFing therapy session. LOL. She really helped me feel better about where the twins and I are, and to realize that it can take weeks for things to click into shape.

    ((HUGS)) to you. This should be a positive experience for you, and with time it will be--whether you continue to BF or not. Believe me, I know about unpleasant situations--I **HATE** my pump most days. But, I know it is helping me supply my LO's with precious milk and it keeps my supply up so that when they "get it" and start nursing I will be ready. Again, Jenni, don't be hard on yourself. You are a great mom and are doing the best you can. Let us know how your appt goes tomorrow.

    Me? Let's see....my 33 weekers were in the NICU for about two and a half weeks. My little boy came home 2 days before my little girl. She is home on a monitor because she continued to have "brady" episodes (drop in HR secondary to apnea). They are both doing well and I am so happy to have them home. HOWEVER, this BFing isn't going as well or as quickly as I had hoped.

    Since they were born I have been pumping my BM every 3 hours (round the clock--day and night) to keep up my supply and to supply them with 100% BM bottles. Pumping every 3 hours, plus feeding two newborns every 3 hours--doesn't leave much time to sleep or do much else other than clean pump parts, bottles, babies' bottoms, etc. I literally sleep in 60-90 minute chunks of time. I am utterly exhausted and a bit exasperated about my difficulty in getting the babies to switch off the bottles. My little boy latches on fairly well, but then promptly falls asleep. My little girl hardly opens her mouth and so if I let her latch on it HURTS so I have to take her off and try again. After a few tries she usually clamps her mouth closed. Sigh.

    Today I went to see a LC. She was very reassuring and helped me feel a lot better and less incompetent. LOL. She said it can take weeks, sometimes longer. Especially for preemies to become mature enough to understand and get the hang of BFing. She also helped take some of the pressure off as I was feeling strong need to 100% BF NOW or else I was a failure.

    So---despite being exhausted with my current schedule, I plan to continue and hope that as my LOs approach 40 weeks (3 weeks to go) that they will get better skilled at BFing. In the meantime I will offer the breast as often as I feel comfortable and do my best to keep things positive.

    ***Side note*** How many of you that are BFing are giving vitamins? I was told to, but then I read that it wasn't really necessary except for possibly Vitamin D. I am thinking about ordering Vitamin D drops and stopping the other. The babies hate it, it stains everything, it upsets their tummies and is possibly unnecessary? Wanted other's opinions. Thanks!!
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    I didn't give evan anything but vit d. I take extra (when I remember) but there's very little chance to get a baby in good sunlight in winter in upstate NY so I figure Vit D makes sense. Everything else ehhhh I didn't bother. That's not really a well educated researched response though but my doc was supportive.

    Hugs Jenni! I hope the LC can help. Good support is very important. It's so hard when you're tired and your body still hurts and the baby is cranky. And all of that can impact your supply too. Try to stay positive. You CAN do it but there's nothing wrong with not doing it if it's not working out.
    Katie

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    Rory 12/2/11 10lbs 12oz and 23" 41w2d
    Elliot 10/1/2014 10lbs 12oz and 20.5" 41w

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