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    Breastfeeding is going well for me, as well. Emmy is a champ and is nursing consistently every 3 hours with an eat/wake/sleep cycle. I've gotten through the initial pain of raw/cracked nipples for the first 4 days or so, but now I'm still dealing with excruciating pain just for a few seconds with latch-on. Does this ever go away?? Once she latches on its fine, but that sharp pain is enough to make me dread each feeding. Yesterday I even resorted to pumping and trying a bottle (which she took with no problem, then went back to the boob with no fuss during the night. ) because my boobs just needed a break. To make it worse, she latches on and off about 4 times before she finally settles down and nurses the the full 15-20 mins. Ouch

    Any advice?
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    after DH watched me give birth... im a lot less shy in general now lol. i still get a little embarrassed... but yesterday i finally let him watch and it was fine. he thought it was sweet. i still feel embarrassed,,, but now that im sure he doesn't think its gross or that my boobs look weird, im getting alot more comfortable.


    i do have a question though about supply. Luke is eating well, about 10x a day, pooping about 4x a day, and peeing about 7 times a day. i was engorged for one day, day 4,... and since then my boobs have gotten really really soft and much smaller... almost back to their pre-preg size. ive lost 25 pounds since he was born and im getting really paranoid that im drying up even though he's keeping up with dirty diapers. I keep worrying that in a couple more days my milk will be gone. i dont get "full" or anything even when he hasnt nursed in 3 hours. (3 hours is the longest i ever go without nursing) am i just being paranoid??? im drinking about a gallon of water a day, ive been measuring it. im just worried about how soft and small ive gotten...
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    Carolyn my boobs did the same thing once Matthias came home and I started nursing full time instead of pumping. I think it's b/c at this age they aren't eating too much at each feeding, so once your body has adjusted to what they need, you won't get too full all the time. If Luke seems satisfied and is having wet and dirty diapers and gaining weight I wouldn't worry. I lost weight really fast after both births and never had a supply issue either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAfilly View Post
    I've gotten through the initial pain of raw/cracked nipples for the first 4 days or so, but now I'm still dealing with excruciating pain just for a few seconds with latch-on. Does this ever go away?? Once she latches on its fine, but that sharp pain is enough to make me dread each feeding. To make it worse, she latches on and off about 4 times before she finally settles down and nurses the the full 15-20 mins. Ouch

    I am dealing with the same thing! That's what I got on here to post about. I can see why women give up on nursing, because this pain is enough to make me dizzy and light headed every time. So does anyone have any advice? I'm committed and don't plan on stopping, but I could really use some info to get me through the pain. Or even if he would stay latched once I got him latched the first time, and I knew I would only have to endure the pain on the initial latch.

    Also, what is the eat, sleep, awake cycle so many of you are referring to? Am I supposed to be trying to keep him awake before or after feedings? I've been simply letting him eat and sleep during the day whenever he wants to, as long as he is eating often enough.
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    I have a pumping question ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    Ok, so I'm feeding the little man every 2 - 2 1/2 hours during the day. I want to start saving up some milk for when I go back to work (which hopefully I won't need to if I win the lotto this summer! ). BUT when I pump I'm only getting maybe 1 - 1 1/2 oz out (after a feed). What should I do? I feel like I should be pumping more than that....in the afternoon I can sometimes only get 1/2 oz after a feeding. Gabe eats often so I'm not sure when would be the best time to pump. I know my supply is good enough for him to eat and be nourished....but maybe I have a storage issue. Could this be why I'm not able to pump enough? I have a Medella double breast pump. If anyone has any suggestions/ideas please send them my way!!!!
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    It could be b/c you are pumping after he eats so you are asking your body to make more than what it is used to making for Gabe. Also a pump will never be as efficient at getting milk from the breast as a baby, so there is a bit of a double-whammy there. Have you tried pumping first thing in the morning before he wakes up to eat?
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    I remember hearing at a LC class that some of the moms felt like they got much more milk when they pumped in the middle of the night instead of the day. I don't remember why. But, if you can stand it, might be worth a try. I know Caleb only really takes one side when he wakes up at night and then he is out again...if yours does that you could try pumping from the other side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by selosmini View Post
    I am dealing with the same thing! That's what I got on here to post about. I can see why women give up on nursing, because this pain is enough to make me dizzy and light headed every time. So does anyone have any advice? I'm committed and don't plan on stopping, but I could really use some info to get me through the pain. Or even if he would stay latched once I got him latched the first time, and I knew I would only have to endure the pain on the initial latch.

    Also, what is the eat, sleep, awake cycle so many of you are referring to? Am I supposed to be trying to keep him awake before or after feedings? I've been simply letting him eat and sleep during the day whenever he wants to, as long as he is eating often enough.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one, but am sorry you are experiencing the same pain I know she has the proper latch, because it doesn't hurt at all once she has it, so that's not the issue. Ugh I just don't know how to make it better.

    Also, the eat/wake/sleep cycle is supposed to help the baby start sleeping through the night early on. My cousin strictly followed it with her two kids and they were both sleeping straight through by 8 weeks old, and Emmy is already waking up only twice a night (at midnight and around 4 am, not bad at all). During the day, I feed her, then [try] to keep her awake for atleast 30-45 mins before she falls back asleep. I do any activity that keeps her awake, such as change a diaper, outfit, bathe her when needed, then give her some tummy time, etc. When she gets really tired, she'll start to get fussy then I'll put her down for a nap and she falls right to sleep until its time to eat again, then the cycle starts over. At night, I'll feed her then put her straight to bed. Not having the wake time lets her know that its nighttime and she knows to go to sleep. It only took her 3 days to figure it out. Its working great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlark1128 View Post
    It could be b/c you are pumping after he eats so you are asking your body to make more than what it is used to making for Gabe. Also a pump will never be as efficient at getting milk from the breast as a baby, so there is a bit of a double-whammy there. Have you tried pumping first thing in the morning before he wakes up to eat?
    I've never tried pumping BEFORE he ate. I'm always afraid of pumping out his food and leaving him nothing. Is that crazy?

    Maybe I'll try that tomorrow morning. I'm open to any other suggestions. I'm also going to call my LC . . . .when I get a chance that is. This is a very busy week for us!!
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    Amanda-- Does Gabe take each side at each feed? If not, another option is to pump the other side while he is nursing. I think what you are getting is about normal for after a baby eats.
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