Thanks for the encouragement ladies!!! Off to another LLL meeting tonight because I mentioned it to my neighbor who has a 3 week old and she was interested so we shall see if I get more ideas from this group.
OT: How much water a day should we be drinking a day? I know that I am terrible at keeping up on it.
I think there is hope for the shield weaning. She has latched on for maybe two sucks a couple of times now so maybe just maybe she will decide to do it without the shield someday....... sigh.
Hang in there! It's great she's trying - and look at it this way - she *can* latch on without it, so she probably will be able to nurse without it eventually.
If you can wait it out and keep at it, there's hope - Ellsabunny was using the shield all the time from the hospital till about 2m (the nurse I had told me that since I had flat nipples I *had* to use the shield and said nothing about weaning her off of it - grrr - and it was that long before I realized otherwise) and the attempts I made to stop using it were totally unsuccessful. I decided that at least the shield was working and she was still BFing, so I went back to using it and periodically checking to see if she could do without it. Like you were saying, it was hit or miss until very recently. She just grabbed the boobie the other day and latched right on...then did the next 3 feedings without it. I'm still using the shield when she's tired or I'm terribly engorged (whenever it's harder for her to latch, basically) but she seems to not need it for most daytime feeds!
This really didn't start till just after 5m, so be patient and have hope! (And IIRC, Toolgirl mentioned a long time ago that her first LO suddenly self-weaned from the shield around 6m...it's possible even if it takes a long time!)
There is a ? on the November board that would be perfect for Hooch to answer...
I have been breast feeding Caitlyn a lot. She has had no bottle so far today I can feed her fully in the morning, but as the day goes on I have to give maybe two bottles because I have less milk as the days goes on. She loves nursing though and seems to be a LOT better at getting milk out of me than the pump. She must be getting what she wants in the mornings because she is happy and content and does not want to eat again for the full 3 hours.
Thanks. As far as I can tell the pink is gone. She had an ear infection and had an antibiotic for that. I know in the case study they said an antibiotic would not work, but apparently it did for her. She also has been taking a probotic and I have been nursing her but It did not completely go away until she was on the antibiotic.
I felt the beginning of a plugged duct last night...then Aly laid on my boob for several hrs this morning and now it's major....like 1/2 of my boob. OMG it hurts. It's the first one I've had this time around, but I had a few last time. I've been doing lots of massage and some warm/hot compresses. It's helping a bit but I haven't gotten it totally clear yet. Ouchie ouchie ouch.... *whimper*
Hooch, sorry to hear about the plugged duct, that sounds awful!
We are in the midst of a nursing strike, 99% sure his first tooth will pop through any day, I can feel the ridges. He nursed at 8 am, we headed to church, kept acting hungry but wouldn't latch more than 5 seconds. Finally got home and pumped at 3:30, got 14 ounces Hunter took a bottle with 3 oz, pooped, and went to sleep, haha. Hopefully the strike will be over soon.
The nursing strikes are the worst! They are just so frustrating for everyone involved. At least you got a lot while pumping Jessica!
I am officially no longer EBF. I just don't make enough while I am at work, so we have to supplement with formula. I bf when I am around, and my sister (our nanny) gives Nico at least one bottle of EBM each day, but my stash is completely gone now. Nico it totally NOT liking the formula, but there really is no other choice. I can't manage to make more than 6 oz at work and I only have one break time to pump (I am a teacher...so I am bound by the bell) Oh well....at least he is getting *mostly* bm throughout the day.
Jessica, I've never experienced a nursing strike, but I gotta imagine it sucks big time. ((HUGS)) Hopefully it's over quickly.
Steph, you have done a great job hanging in there this long. The most important thing is that he's getting fed, right?
I finally got that plug out. OMG did it hurt to pass too. I ended up with this white blister looking thing on the nip and had to pop it in order to get stuff out. oooowwwwie. Then it proceeded to push out 2 oz in less than 5 minutes, just from that one spot! Craziness I tell you. I feel worlds better now.