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    Yeah I get to join this thread. Using the shield right now and can't wait til I can get rid of the darn thing. She has a great open mouth good suck but can't get the nipple in her mouth. Sigh. I hope once my milk comes it it will help this out.

    Hooch I so could have typed your post myself (without the 2 yr old though)

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    Had a good nursing session this morning when she was really hungry and boobs were a bit on the hard/full side. Used the shield. Interesting.... unfortunately, I'm not sure how much more we'll be able to do today since I have to run my mom to various doctor appointments and I'm not ready to NIP yet. Let me get the hang of it at home before dealing with it in public!! LOL We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancherandcitygal View Post
    Yeah I get to join this thread. Using the shield right now and can't wait til I can get rid of the darn thing. She has a great open mouth good suck but can't get the nipple in her mouth. Sigh. I hope once my milk comes it it will help this out.

    This sounds like what we're dealing with, too... she has a great latch and is a very efficient nurser, but she just can't get my nipple to stay in her mouth without the shield. Hang in there, and I hope your milk coming in helps!
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    Hooch - I'm so glad you had a good nursing session! Just a thought, if you're going to various doctor's offices, they might have a private or semi private space you can nurse. (I'm going to try that today at her pedi appt... and fervently hoping it works!) Good luck today - I hope it goes much better for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaders View Post
    Couple of questions...

    How do you deal with your LO sleeping longer at night? Ellsabunny will go for 5-6 hours, nurse, then go back down for another 4 on a good night, and while I'm loving the sleep... the side that has to wait almost 9 hours is getting very uncomfortable and sometimes clogged. I don't want to wake her to feed her (I'd love for her to STTN ), but what do I do for that long stretch of time?

    Also, Toolgirl - you mentioned your DS nursed with a shield for the first 6 months, then suddenly was okay without it? What do you think made it possible? (That's really encouraging - we're still using one and I was beginning to think I'd be stuck with it till she's weaned - I'll keep trying.)
    I think he was just settled into breastfeeding enough that he decided he did not need it anymore. I used it all the time, I never took it off during a feeding, I know that they say to, but it was to much, it was just easier for him and me if I just let him be with the shield. When I tried it without, it was a fluke thing, it was like, I was trying to get the shield on, and he got impatient and just latched right on, from then on out, it was fine.

    To be honest, I LOVE THE SHIELD. I have 3. I keep one in the dipaer bag for when I am on the go, and 2 at home to rotate between. The shield seems to help with the breast/bottle feedings. Espeically now, in the beginning. ALSO, another thing they may have helped him latching without the shield after a while was pumping....cause that really gets your nips out!

    The other question you had on the night time feedings. If you are uncomfortable, I would pump, do you have a hand pump or electric one? Pump and freeze that stuff!! You will make more! What I used to do (well, I say used to, cause this is all still new again with Kyson! LOL! ) would be I would pump right after he went down for his longer sleep sessions, then eat oatmeal, when he woke up for his feed, I usually had plenty for him. I have started doing this with Ky too, but not nearly as much. It actually only takes like 15-20 min for you body to make milk. So say if baby is sleeping 5 hours, you could pump at 2.5 or 3 and then when baby woke up, you would feel more comfortable, and have extra milk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Had a good nursing session this morning when she was really hungry and boobs were a bit on the hard/full side. Used the shield. Interesting.... unfortunately, I'm not sure how much more we'll be able to do today since I have to run my mom to various doctor appointments and I'm not ready to NIP yet. Let me get the hang of it at home before dealing with it in public!! LOL We'll see.
    YEAH!!! I hope things are easier for you two from here Congrats on sticking with it so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaders View Post
    Couple of questions...

    How do you deal with your LO sleeping longer at night? Ellsabunny will go for 5-6 hours, nurse, then go back down for another 4 on a good night, and while I'm loving the sleep... the side that has to wait almost 9 hours is getting very uncomfortable and sometimes clogged. I don't want to wake her to feed her (I'd love for her to STTN ), but what do I do for that long stretch of time?
    I agree with what PP said. Pump! I usually feed her on one side and then put her down and pump the other side before I fall back asleep. It helps with that painfully full feeling and gives you a nice stash in the freezer

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    Hooch-- is it more on 1 side that she fusses at? Or is it both sides? At first, I was questioning her ears.....like maybe an ear infection, and it is hurting her to be layed on her side (pressure)......just a thought.....let me keep thinking for you!!

    Girls seriously for those of you using the shield, if that is the way baby latches, USE IT, I know the nurses tell you to slip it off after they get latched on and yada yada yada, but they are not the ones trying to feed the babies, YOU ARE. If that is what works for you and baby, STICK WITH IT. The shield is not such a bad thing!! Don't get me wrong, I was happy to part with it with G, but I happily put it back on with Ky! Until YOU AND BABY have this breastfeeding thing down pat (usually at least 2 months!!) then don't worry about the slipping off and on of that thing! You are both still learning, one thing at a time!!!

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    Thanks! I think I'll try pumping the one side while she nurses from the other...hopefully I can take advantage of the letdown and get more than a few ounces. Will let you know how it works .

    Toolgirl - you are exactly right! The shield is inconvenient, but it works and we're not having any problems with it. Maybe as I pump more and nurse longer my nipples will come out further and we won't need it, but till then it makes things much easier.
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    Jade a few ounces is awesome.....ANYTHING is awesome!! Seriously, that stuff is liquid GOLD, so any sort of stash you can build, BUILD IT. Heck, you can keep it in the fridge first, then freeze it. So say you can only pump 2 ounces, next time you pump 2 ounces, combine them, put them in a baggie and bam, you have a 4 ounce bottle! NOW, you cannot combine warm and cold milk, so make sure they are both cool before mixing, but you can totally do that! Even if it is just an ounce, combine it with the next ounce. Every baby is differnt, my little piggy, he is taking 3-4 ounces right now, so that is what I am freezing it in (though, I HAVE NO FREEZER STASH!! LOL! He has used it all!). Until you figure out what she is taking in ounces, freeze SMALL stashes like 2 ounces....cause YOU DON"T WANNA WASTE IT!! You can always thaw out 2 packages instead of 1 if you need a bigger bottle. KWIM!

    I should also say that you should only keep BM in the fridge for 3 days......so freeze before that time period is up!

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