EPing would be SO hard. It was amazing when I was finally able to go down to just pumping once a day while at work b/c I can get what she takes at daycare during that one pumping session. I hated having to pump more often than that. Much respect from me for you EPers too!
I am still breastfeeding at 7 months. But my word, she is beating me up every night when we nurse. Not just the feeling and stuff, but using her fingernails to dig into my arm and hitting while she nurses. I feel bruised after nursing sometimes. I've tried holding her hand still but that just frustrates her and she unlatches. I've tried showing her how to touch gently. Tonight was much better, thank goodness. Anyone else have experience with this?
Unfortunately receving 100% breastmilk didn't keep Eden from getting sick. She's been sick with one thing after another for months. But she's finally well now! I can't wait until school is out as I'm not returning to work next year. Hopefully that will help her stay a little healthier.
I have a solution for the scratching! I just bought a nursing necklace, there are tons of different ones on etsy.com if you search nursing necklace. The one I have is similar to this, but with several beads strung in a circle rather than one big circle bead.
It is AWESOME, it gets longer if he pulls on it, and the different textures of the beads keep him occupied without getting distracted. Since I've had it, no more face clawing, hair pulling, and only minimal shirt pulling. Amazing. Can't say enough good things about it.
We're having a tough time with teething over here, Hunter has been up to nurse no less than SIX times each of the last few nights, and today has been nursing basically every hour. PLEASE let that tooth pop through soon!!!
Another NIP moment brought to you by... BOOBIES!
OK, maybe not really a NIP moment (it depends on how close people got to our back fence). We got home late last night from an evening at my folks' place. DD was CRANKY the whole way home, and was too upset to nurse before bed. I tried taking her outside (which usually calms her down) and it did. But the moment I sat back down inside to nurse her, she started crying again. So I went out onto the back patio of our condo (which looks out onto the street) and took care of business in the dark. DH was like "Don't you want the nursing cover?" At that point, I didn't really care. Once she settled down outside, it was beautiful.
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Laura, good for you! I still haven't NIP.
Glad to know I'm not the only one with the hitting! Jessica, the scratching and pulling is annoying too, but I swear, she hits so hard and it's over and over and just hurts. And when I think of a nursing necklace, I see her pulling it....HARD and it driving me crazy and hurting my neck. But maybe if there are textures, she'd be more interested in just feeling instead of trying to yank it off of me. Sometimes I let her hit the palm of my hand while she's doing it and that helps.
2 nursing times a day is fantastic....ESPECIALLY given all the hurdles you and Caitlyn have overcome. I don't know that I could have done the pump and dump thing like you did. Huge kudos to you.
BTW the new siggie pic of your girls is absolutely adorable! How sweet are they!
Go Bonita! Way to go for sticking with it! Even nursing a couple times a day is such precious time with the LO.
Fenugreek + pumping is not working out like I hoped. The first few days, my supply increased from 12 oz/day to almost 14, but then backslid to 12 again. Getting up in the middle of the night after no more than 5 hours to pump is fraying my nerves on top of job search and project stresses. I'm going to increase the fenugreek dosage from 6 pills/day to 9, and maybe find some blessed thistle, but no more night pumping for me.
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