I am sorry Katie I know how stressed you are about it.
Okay, somehow, I have only just noticed that this thread was here!
Ian and I are still having our struggles but hanging in there. Looks like I've got some new midnight feeding reading to do
I am just jumping in here. I am bf'ing now..but it really stresses me out. Anyone else feel the same way? My LO is 3 weeks old and I feel like I am always feeding him. He nurses usually for at least an hour at a time and my older boys are not getting much attention from me. The house is a wreck....and I am really stressing about it all. Am I the only one that doesn't enjoy breastfeeding my baby?
Me (34) DH (33) Married 12 years
Twins Seth and Andrew 8/23/04
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BFing is going okay (we have our good and bad days, but for the most part it's working), but I'm getting frustrated trying to build up a stash with pumping. Originally, I was just pumping at night to help with engorgement and protect my supply, but now that Ellsabunny is flat-out refusing formula, it looks like I need a stash - fast - if I want to leave her with someone. (She had been taking formula for the occasional long visit with her grandparents, with me pumping for comfort.)
And it feels like building a stash takes forever - I really only have time to pump at night, and then I usually only get 2-2.5 ounces per side - with her waking half the time and drinking what I've just pumped ( I think I've got that fixed now, though). I know I'll get there eventually, but ugh! Thanks for letting me vent!
Suz, that is EXACTLY how I felt with my DD. I would have breakdowns because she was attached to me 24/7 it seemed. Then, whenever she cried, people would run to me and say, "Addison is hungry", attaching her to me even longer! But then, at around 3 months, it all changed. The "trapped" feeling went away. Addy got better at nursing and didn't take as long. I finally had time to do other things.
With Nico, I am already at that point (he is just a much faster, more efficient eater than Addy ever was). Just hang in there. The feeling you are experiencing is fleeting. It will be over before you know it.
I hope things even out for you soon... am hoping the next month or so evens out and Ian (and all the other babies) get a better handle on feeding
I still haven't bought a pump yet - hopefully this week... I really want to start pumping a supply so that I can eventually have a couple hours to myself and either DBF or my MIL can take him
I have a couple of questions:
First, I don't get it: how can I pump on a regular basis when it seems like she drains me dry still every couple of hours?? I don't understand how you all find the time, honestly, and where the extra milk is coming from! It's not that I CAN'T pump, but seems like when I do, she nurses MORE to make up for the lost feeding...if that makes sense. HELP! lol
Second, as far as nursing in bed goes, what am I doing wrong? I can't just lie next to her and give her the breast because she'll suffocate unless I hold my breast clear of her nose. Now, I KNOW this is bad when nursing under normal circumstances, but I can't figure out how to avoid it in bed. HELP x2!!