DD1 never nursed from both sides. Even from birth. It seems Fiona is taking this same trend too. I was told it's normal and just fine as long as baby is having enough dirty dipes and is gaining well. There was a while there where I corresponded with Jack Newman regarding a few other issues, and he mentioned the reason we have two breasts is because twins are biologically normal for our species. One breast per baby. So, even a woman with only one working boob can feed a baby just fine. I know of a woman who nursed twins on one working boob, too, so often times we are doing better than we realize.
It's true you never really empty either. 80% of the milk your baby consumes is created *while* baby nurses. (which is why most mums get very thirsty while nursing).
The second time around now I am already regulating, thank heavens. It took over 6 months for my supply to regulate last time. My boobs are a normal size already! That makes me happy. I will be able to fit into the bras I own.
Anyone tandem with an older child? I'm having difficulty figuring out positions for both girls. It's so awkward. It's necessary though, so I have to figure something out. Looking for experience...
Thankfully my supply has been awesome this time around, I feel full within an hour after feeding which got me worried he wasn't getting hindmilk but he is satisfied, peeing/pooping fine and sleeps very well...he fussed a couple of days before af arrived but nothing to complain about. DH made such a funny/weird comment the other day...Aaron burped after a feed and a bit came up out of his mouth and DH goes "Oh look it's like real milk..." LOL, now what else would it be coming out of my breasts??
Jordan, I don't have any personal experience but I'll ask a friend how she went about tandem feeding her 2 (her name is Fiona LOL)
Tandem with an older child- Matt (new baby) is on one side in a football hold and Sara (3 year old) is just laying face-on towards me. Let me know if that makes sense, otherwise I can have Greg (hubby) take a pic and email it to you. It is working really well, and Sara loves that she can sometimes nurse the same time as her brother.
anyone have any good advise on how to get on a schedule and not nurse on demand? Deegan can go anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours. 4 hours is really rare, 2 hours is more of the rand he does, but isnt consistent.
Michelle & Matt ~ 5/20/06
M/C 6/8/09 ~ 9 weeks, 5 days
Presley Tatum ~ 3/3/08 @ 38 weeks
Deegan Christopher ~ 4/7/10 @ 35 weeks
Michelle, Miles isn't consistent either. Sometimes he'll eat every hour but then sometimes he'll go 4 hours (like he does at night. Good boy!!!) between feedings. I pump about 3 times in a 24 hour period to build up my freezer stash and so I don't get too full. Why are you trying to not feed on demand?
Mommy to Parker born Sept 25th, 2007
and Miles born May 12th, 2010
Michelle I think it's hard to get them on a schedule this young. Matthias does the same thing, although he rarely goes 4 hours (only at night) and the average is two hours. He usually cluster feeds in the mornings and evenings too where he nurses every hour or so. I think this is the stage where they are growing the fastest so it's best to just feed them whenever they are hungry. They grow out of that though!
I'm big on routines because I feel more sane when I know what to expect from baby, so I encourage the daytime eat/awake/sleep cycle that many sleep trainers recommend. It's possible to to in gently, just encouraging the cycle without forcing it. So during the day, typically I nurse him until I think he's full, burp him, then change the diaper, which wakes him up. If he's really sleepy I'll let him have naked time on a blanket (which tends to wake him up) and then we carry on until about an hour has gone by since he woke up, then I let him sleep in the swing or crib, with pacifier if he wants it. Usually he will fall back asleep. Sometimes he needs to be held so we do that. So then he sleeps until the next feed, typically 2 1/2 to 3 hours later, but sometimes 2 and that is fine too. So, I try to avoid nursing him just before I need to get in the car because that always puts him to sleep! Getting the awake times in during the day, and also practicing not nursing to sleep, is supposed to help with STTN long term. Of course it's not magic and there are a lot of factors but it worked well for my DS1 and it seems to be working for Caleb.
ETA: I wanted to add, I never let baby go hungry!
Last edited by RedRoses; 06-03-2010 at 04:40 PM.
breast feeding is going really well for me! he latches really well, and ive gotten used to the feeling of him. I actually really love nursing him. He's so cute, he holds my thumb and looks up at me just like some of your babies do! My milk came in yesterday,,, only 3 days after he was born. I was prepared for it to take alot longer than that!
he sleeps soooo much. he pretty much is good for 3 hours every time i put him down. I have to set an alarm to get him up at night to feed cuz so far he hasnt been waking up on his own. once he's awake though he usually will nurse for 30 minutes, then he konks out again. Today was the first day he actually had awake time other than for a feeding. twice today he stayed awake for 40 minutes without feeding. i was so proud of him!!! he's peeing and pooping great. im still recording all his diapers and feedings to be sure im hitting the targets. Even with all his sleeping he is keeping up with the guidelines i was given! tomorrow is his first appointment
Baby #3 due July 6 2013
Carolyn, I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying breastfeeding and it is going well! Are you comfortable in front of your husband?
Mara & Joel, 2009