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    Default Breastfeeding at age X - Check In!

    Who's out there?! Let's do a check in to see how different BFing is at different ages and with different babies. It'll give the newbies a picture of the days to come and the pros a chance to reminisce.

    Name & Age:
    Is this your first time BFing?:
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s):
    How frequently does baby nurse?:
    Do you pump? How much?:
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?:
    Does baby take bottles?:
    Does baby eat solids?:
    Does baby have teeth?:
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?:
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?:
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?:
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?:
    Anything else you'd like to add?:
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?):
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    Name & Age: Erin 29
    Is this your first time BFing?: Yeppers
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Teagan Tesla, 9 months and some change
    How frequently does baby nurse?: Every 3-5 hours
    Do you pump? How much?: I pump once while at work to get 6 oz
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: I nurse her to sleep around 7:30. She goes down in her crib in my room. When I go to bed around 10-11, she stirs and comes into bed with me. She nurses once or twice over night. They are really quick. She wakes up ready to go between 6-7.
    Does baby take bottles?: She takes two 3 oz bottles at daycare.
    Does baby eat solids?: She's pretty much on table food now. She doesn't eat much and still nurses like it's going out of style.
    Does baby have teeth?: Yep, 8. She's working on her molars now. Joy. She got her first at 3 months
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: I've always planned to let her decide when to wean. When I started I thought I'd let things take their own course after 1 year. Now I'm thinking I'll enforce nursing until 18 months.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: Nursing was painful for the first 5 weeks and wasn't really comfortable until closer to 7 weeks. I had pretty substantial over supply for the first 4 months. I leaked EVERYWHERE, DD had explosive green poops, and I was engorged half the day. Block-feeding fixed it almost immediately. DD refused a bottle until she was nearly 6 months. I went back to work at 4 months. She pretty much waited for me to come home and made up for it at night. I had to throw away my 200 oz stash because it had gone rancid. Turns out my milk goes stanky if i don't scald it before storing it. Teeth were "fun" at first but they're no big deal now. Currently, nursing is like a wrestling match with an octopus. She nurses quietly in the morning and the evening but day time sessions last like a minute. She crawls all over me, races off to grab a book, nurses for 30 seconds, smacks me in the head with a block, nurses for a minute, repeat.
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: It's really nice to have our quiet time in the evenings after work. She's super mobile now so it's great when she lands in my lap for a nurse. It's also really funny to watch the positions she gets herself into to get to the boob.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: Nursing used to be the magic sleeping agent. Not so much any more. I also miss nursing her in my ring sling. She was so tiny and it was so easy to walk around with her latched on. She's too stinking big and squirmy for that now.
    Anything else you'd like to add?: DD fell asleep early because she's a little under the weather. My right boob hurts because she usually has one more big feed before bed. I'm debating attempting a dream feed but after the day she had I don't think I'm crazy enough to risk waking her up.
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?):
    How about 2?!
    Here we are at Mono Lake about a month ago. We stopped for nursey nursies while hiking around. She's too stinking big to nurse in my Mai Tai anymore so I had to take her out.

    Stopped on the side of the road in Joshua Tree National Park during that same trip.
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    Name & Age: Jackie, 28
    Is this your first time BFing?: yes
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Aiden, 8 months
    How frequently does baby nurse?: 3-4 hours around the clock
    Do you pump? How much?: Not often. 3.5 oz in 5 minutes (one boob) when needed.
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: co-sleep. He was sleeping 5-7 hours, but we've been out of town for almost 2 weeks now and he's back to eating every 3-4 hours again.
    Does baby take bottles?: Nope! He will take pumped BM out of a sippy cup.
    Does baby eat solids?: yes
    Does baby have teeth?: yes; 1
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: 1 year. Still concentrating on that goal.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: Mastitis when he was 3 weeks old. Had a 104ยบ fever for 3 days. It was awful. I've only had one clogged duct since then that I was easily able to work out.
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: How easy and convenient it is. I love not having to wash bottles or having to bring much junk with me when out of the house.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: Milk coma look! I rarely get those now.
    Anything else you'd like to add?: Nursing in public has become a lot harder the older he's gotten. He's constantly on and off and doesn't like the cover. So it's like a great peep show. *sigh* However, he can baby sign "milk" now which has made nursing a lot easier since I KNOW he's hungry.
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    From a few months ago:

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    Name & Age:Wendy 27
    Is this your first time BFing?:yes
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s):Ronin 9 months
    How frequently does baby nurse?:anywhere from every 2-4or 5 hours
    Do you pump? How much?:I try to pump three times a day at work, but often the nature of my job doesn't allow it. I aim for 5 oz at each session but it doesn't always happen.
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: Nighttime varies. Many nights we are on co sleep or no sleep.
    Does baby take bottles?: Yup 2-3 a day. On average it's between 15 and 18oz for the full amount I send , though he doesn't always have that much
    Does baby eat solids?:Yes, he loves them
    Does baby have teeth?: Yup, 2 bottom, one to and one top about to break through
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: When I was younger (like high school age)it was 6 months, then until bub had teeth, now it's a min of 1 year
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: biting, pumping enough at work, mobile baby who gets distracted easily
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: The few times when he will still snuggle
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?:The snuggles and the ease of a non distracted baby, I used to be able to nurse while grocery shopping.
    Anything else you'd like to add?:
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?):
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    Name & Age: Carrie, 33
    Is this your first time BFing?: Nope, I nursed my son for 20mo.
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Katie, 14mo.
    How frequently does baby nurse?: Usually 4-5x a day
    Do you pump? How much?: not anymore. I pumped at work for a full year with both kiddos, and I'm so glad to be done!
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: DS didn't sleep through the night until he was 2 (even though we weaned before that), and DD isn't interested in STTN either. She will occasionally STTN if we've had a super long exhausting day - most nights she's up at least twice.
    Does baby take bottles?: She did when she was in daycare, half my milk/half formula
    Does baby eat solids?: Gosh yes. She will eat anything.
    Does baby have teeth?: ten so far, working on two more.
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: My goal with my son was 18mo, and we met that and exceeded it. With DD, 18mo is my goal again, and I see us meeting that with no problem.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: I had a lot more problems with DS than with DD... well I guess just different problems. I learned that every baby is different! So don't assume that baby #2 will have the same struggles as #1 (or if #1 was a super nurser don't expect #2 to catch on as quickly)
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: That I can calm her so quickly and easily. It fixes almost any problem.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: Not being kicked, lol. Katie loves to put her outside foot up on my shoulder when she's nursing in the cradle hold.
    Anything else you'd like to add?: Ladies in the early days, hang in there - it gets better!
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?): Ya know, I don't even have any this time. At one point I had nursing pics of my son - but baby #2 gets a lot less pics taken
    -Carrie

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    Name & Age: Liz, 39
    Is this your first time BFing?: No - nursed my son for 7 months
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Mady, 21 months
    How frequently does baby nurse?: 2x/day during the week - usually a third time before naps on weekends
    Do you pump? How much?: Done with the pump. Pumped for one year and then occasionally when I traveled for a few months after that. I've now given my pump to my SIL who is due any day!
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: Mady sleeps through the night in her own bed. I nurse her before bed as part of our nighttime ritual.
    Does baby take bottles?: Up until one - she drinks out of a cup/sippy now.
    Does baby eat solids?: Yes
    Does baby have teeth?: Yes
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: A year, then 18 months. We're still nursing, but I'd like to be done by the time she turns 2.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: Nothing really - this time has been a lot easier than the first time - it makes a big difference when one of you knows what you are doing!
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: That it is something special that only we can do together.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: I agree with Carrie on this one - a less acrobatic baby. Nothing like having a foot in your face while you are nursing!
    Anything else you'd like to add?: So rewarding! BUT, can be so hard in the beginning - don't give up - you can do it!!!
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?): I don't have any recent ones, but I found one from last fall.

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    Name & Age: Kayla, 30
    Is this your first time BFing?: Yes
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Jordan, 15 months
    How frequently does baby nurse?: 3 times during the day and once at night
    Do you pump? How much?: NO! Thank goodness.
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: I nurse her in a rocking chair in her room. I am still working on getting her down to nursing only once at night. It used to be three times and I had to cut back to two b/c I was so tired. Now I feel comfortable getting her down to one nightly nursing session. I think she wakes more out of habit than anything.
    Does baby take bottles?: Nope. She was never a fan so we gave up.
    Does baby eat solids?: She is fed three meals a day but she's a bit picky!
    Does baby have teeth?: She has 6 completely in. She has a new one that just popped out on the bottom and she is working on cutting a bottom molar as well.
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: I said at least one year. Now I say to age two.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: I had a lot of pain in the beginning due to blisters. I've mostly avoided clogged ducts (had 2 or 3 over 15 months). Now our only issue is the occasional biting.
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: I feel like she is getting some much needed nutrients which is reassuring when she is picky with solids. I also like the bond we have b/c of nursing.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: How cuddly she was. She is busy now and does nursing aerobics much of the time, lol. But I do nurse her to sleep still so I do get that cuddly time at some point.
    Anything else you'd like to add?: I am so much more passionate about breastfeeding now! I don't want to be pushy but I definitely want to help other nursing mothers and encourage them.
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?): I don't have one on this computer. I only have ONE!
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    I'm not currently nursing But check in over here all the time so I thought I'd fill it out.

    Name & Age: Ann-Marie / 29
    Is this your first time BFing?: Currently between babies 2 and 3.
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Fiona is 3.5 and she nursed 33 months..stopped last October. Rowynn is 16 months old and stopped around 13.5 months.
    How frequently does baby nurse?:
    Do you pump? How much?: I did with my first, 4 oz once a day. Was too busy with the second and she would never take a bottle.
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: Didn't cosleep with the first, but she woke up a lot and nursed most nights. The second I had to cosleep to get any sleep since I had an older child that didn't nap. She didn't wake up as often or nurse as long.
    Does baby take bottles?: DD1 yes, DD2, no
    Does baby eat solids?: Both started at 5.5 months.
    Does baby have teeth?: DD1 9 months, DD2, 4 months
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: 1 year both times. I really wanted to go to 18 months with DD2, but she was never as interested and I got pregnant right before she was a year. So I'm happy I made it to a year.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: I nursed during my second pregnancy and tandem nursed for 7 months. My second almost weaned when she was 11 months old and my DH was hospitalized for a week, but she picked it back up.
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?:
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: The quiet and the stillness.
    Anything else you'd like to add?:
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?):

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    Name & Age: Joee, 33
    Is this your first time BFing?: Well, first time being successful!!!
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Dalton, (3 days shy of) 1
    How frequently does baby nurse?: 2-6 times per day
    Do you pump? How much?: only occasionly
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: co-sleep, nurse most of the wee morning hours
    Does baby take bottles?: yes
    Does baby eat solids?: yes
    Does baby have teeth?: yes
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: my goal was one year! And now it is just to go as long as he is happy with
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: Oh Lord... lol we had em all! Breast augmentation, low supply, on meds (domperidone), on every herb known to man (off of those now!) and we have also supplemented this entire time.
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: Just that calm quiet time that is only for us.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: How he would stay STILL long enough to get a meal. I loved watching him nurse... that sweet tiny face. He's kinda rowdy now!!
    Anything else you'd like to add?: This was (is) the most rewarding journey I have ever been on!

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    Name & Age: Lauren 29
    Is this your first time BFing?: no, nursed DS1 until he was 19 months
    Nurslings Name(s) & Age(s): Aaron, 5 months
    How frequently does baby nurse?: about every 3 hours during the day, at night sometimes goes all night, sometimes wakes up once anywhere from 2-5 am
    Do you pump? How much?: when I work 3 days a week I pump 2-3 times
    What is nighttime like? Do you co-sleep?: he is in the pack n play in our room. i nurse him in bed in sidelying then put him back in his pack n play...sometimes i doze for a little while he eats and he doesn't go back in his bed until I wake up.
    Does baby take bottles?: yes...even though at 8-9 weeks old, it seemed like he never would! he takes three to four 4 oz bottles while I work, depending on how long i am gone.
    Does baby eat solids?: not yet. we plan to start at 6 months
    Does baby have teeth?: not yet...but the lower gums are swollen and feels like something is trying to break through. he has been gnawing on everything including my boob sometimes...like pulling away with it still in his mouth...yeeeesh!
    What was your goal when you started? Has it changed?: i didn't really have a goal this time other than nurse him past a year as long as we want. with DS1 my goal was a year, and then we kept going and slowly phased out nursing sessions...I gently encouraged that the last nursing session to go away when it started making bedtime tougher. we will see how our nursing relationship goes this time with DS2.
    What challenges have you faced/are you facing?: not really any this time...DS1 gave me lots of troubles (rough start, tough time latching, then refusal to eat/arching during feedings due to reflux). I guess with DS2, getting him to take the bottle was our biggest challenge, which isn't that bad and it all worked out.
    What's your favorite thing about nursing now?: I love when he looks at me and then sometimes unlatches to give a milky smile and/or babble at me. melts my heart. I also love that I have more confidence to nurse him wherever/whenever compared to with DS1.
    What do you miss about nursing when your baby was younger?: I missed when he was itty bitty and a) easier to hold and b) didn't pop off the boob to be nosy
    Anything else you'd like to add?: I wouldn't trade the hard work with learning how to BF DS1, the sleepless nights, the annoying hours hooked up to the pump while away, etc. for anything, since I love/loved nursing my little ones.
    Nursing pic? (too much to ask?): taken just the other day

    and I love this one b/c he always puts his hand up like this when sleepy...and i joke he is hiding from the paparazzi

    and this is from just a day or two old...so itty bitty
    ~*~Lauren~*~







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