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ftmom's picture
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Breastfeeding

Who out there is breastfeeding? How is it going for you? Any hitches, or smooth sailing?

Trent is an awesome nurser, but man does it hurt when he sleeps for more than an hour or so, and since he does about 2-3 hours at a time at night, I wake up with rocks on my chest! Other than that it has been pretty smooth sailing for us. He came out pretty much knowing what to do (unlike his sister) and I really only stopped nursing his brother about 6 months ago. Plus we have a great staff at our hospital that made sure we got our latch right from the start.

I hope everyone else is doing good as well, but thought it might be nice to have a thread where we could post questions or issues and maybe get some advice from BTDT moms, as I know there is often a big learning curve for mom and/or baby when it comes to nursing.

ETA: This is in no way intended to exclude formula feeding moms, or critisize your choice. I dont have any experience with it, but I understand bottle feeding doesnt have the same issues as breast feeding. Please feel free to correct me on that Smile

MrsDisel's picture
Joined: 11/06/05
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We're breastfeeding. It's going good. Although sometimes it feels like all he wants to do is nurse, plus he takes his time eating which is difficult for me with 3 other kids running around. I love breastfeeding, but when he drinks from a bottle, he eats so much faster and other people can feed him and I can actually get stuff done that needs to be done. He doesn't drink from a bottle too often, only when I'm absolutely at my wits end.....which is usually about once a week. I almost want to switch to bottle feeding just because its easier on me, but I love those moments holding him and cuddling him that I just can't give it up. Not too mention all the extra health benefits he and I get as well, I can't imagine giving up nursing......but it has crossed my mind a few times when things get hectic and suddenly wants to nurse every hour for half an hour.

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We are home and nursing every 2-3 hours around the clock. We are using a shield so it is taking about 30 min each time. I hope Caroline gets faster and we can stop using the shield soon. She hates bottles so we'll continue nursing for sure. It is easier than with DD#1 because I have a clue and C has a great latch!

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I'm BFing. We had a rough time for the first week or so. I have fairly flat nipples and he had a hard time latching. I used a shield from day 1 with DS1 for the same reason and never managed to get rid of it--he BF'd with a shield for 15 months! It was a PITA, so I really wanted to not use the shield this time, but my nipples were taking a serious beating, Ronan wasn't gaining weight and was super sleepy, and the final straw was I ended up with a rip roaring case of mastitis with a 102 fever. It sucked. I was in tears every time we nursed because it was so stressful. I understood for the first time why some women throw in the towel after a week of trying! I was ready to give it up and just pump full time, but then I realized (duh) I could just cave and use the shield. So I did, and felt like a failure for about 2 seconds and then I realized it was a freaking miracle: no pain, Ronan nursed for 30 minutes and got lots of milk and he latched on super easy. Totally worth it. Since I started using the shield, he's gained a ton of weight, more than made up for not gaining that first week, and everyone is much happier. Not sure I will even try and get rid of the shield now. He's still nursing every couple hours, but goes 4-5 hour stretches at night (good boy!). My boobs have finally balanced out this week and I'm making enough milk but not too much, which makes me feel almost normal. Being engorged is so uncomfortable! I will eventually pump a little and give him an occasional bottle so that other people can feed him, but not going to start that until he's 2 months or so.

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When Caroline was in the NICU, they were trying to feed her some bottles and she hated them. Then with the vitamin D, they suggested I add a tiny bit of BM and feed her with the bottle. She got the hang of it so I have been pumping about 2.5-3oz a day and sleeping through the 9 to 10pm feeding and DH gives her the bottle then. It is nice to get at least 2.5 hours of sleep. I am so looking forward to a longer chunk of sleep though.

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We're breastfeeding!! 7 weeks successfully!! And I love it. I don't know why I never did this with my other two!! It's so much easier!! It was very hard the first few weeks, I was in a lot of pain but I'm so glad I got through it!!! I'm pumping a little too so Daddy has some feedings. She eats about every 2-4 hours. But I side feed at night and I sleep pretty well. However, sometimes she only eats on one side and I get soo full. I have to pump in the morning to relieve some of the pain!! lol

ftmom's picture
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Seems like forever since I was on here without a baby in my arms Smile Mostly while nursing! Glad everyone is doing so well. I too love nursing my babe. I have never really gotten how formula is easier? I guess it must be in those first few weeks though, especially if you have a hard time with baby. I personally hate pumping, so no bottles for us, though I did do a few with DS when he was older, so we will see. I do find it hard having to nurse every hour or so and not having much freedom sometimes.....but not as much as I hate pumping Smile

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Been EBF for 2 weeks now and for being a first timer I think I am doing really well. My nipples were a little cracked and bleeding for the first few days while baby was adjusting, but after my milk came in it has been smooth sailing. However, at our first dr appt, at 4 days old, the dr was worried because he had lost a lot of weight(8lbs to 6lb 15oz), so we supplemented with 1 oz formula for 2 days and then my milk came in and he was eating plenty...a week later he was back up to 7lb 14oz. I am sure he is back to his 8lbs today at 2 weeks old, which was the goal, so BF is going good. Although, I have thought about pumping so DH can feed him when he gets home from work, but not sure when I should...

If you are BF every 2-3 hours, when do you pump? I usually feed him 10-15 on both sides at each feeding.

ftmom's picture
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First thing in the morning is the best time to pump. If you can do it while nursing the other side is even better. But whenever you decide to do it, if you are consistent, within a few days your body should adjust to it, just like it is an extra feeding. And once you get a bottles worth to feed, then you could always just pump while your husband gives the bottle. Dont worry about taking milk from babe though, your body will keep making what he needs.

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I pump in the morning since I have the most milk then and DD only nurses on one side for the first feeding. I wait until she's done and pump the rest of that side and then enough from the other side to equal 2oz (how much she's drinking). I have an extra 1oz in the fridge in case she's really hungry for a feeding. Then DH feeds her at night (sometime between 9-11pm) and then gets her to bed and I got to bed so I can get a longer sleep. I am on the rest of the night but getting a 3-4 hour chunk of sleep makes me happier and function better.

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We are breatfeeding - almost 7 weeks now! I nursed DS#1 until 20 months so I have a ways to go to meet that goal!
Things are going great, he latched perfectly from day 1 - we were very lucky.
I also pump once in the morning so that DH can give a bottle around 10 or 11pm and i can get to sleep early - or just to have available b/c occasionaly Ryan will just nurse so much i get empty at night...

I have been an emotional wreck the past few weeks and getting no sleep and getting sick so my milk supply is not always great - especially at night....

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Nicole, thanks for that advice, I have been pumping in the morning after my 3am feeding from one side, DS just feeds on the other side, and DH has been doing the 9-11 feeding and it has been going great. Just that 3-4 hours straight makes a world of difference and wow are my boobs full when I get that sleep, so it works to just feed on one side.