Sarah, we're just coming out of a growth spurt here....Karah's 2.5 wks old. I hear you on the stress of being the one holding all the responsibility for getting through it. Just when you think you can't do it anymore....it's done! Stay strong!
Khloe slept through the night around 2 months....she would wake up once from time to time, but pretty consistently slept through the night. It could happen sooner than you think!
Jessica, Hunter's probably still figuring out the whole eating thing a bit. It's not uncommon for babies to take that long to eat up to the first six weeks or so. We've started to get down to 10-20 minute feeds the past few days. He'll figure it out. As for the blisters....rub breastmilk on them. Breast milk has amazing healing agents in it. My MW recommends putting it on cuts, eye infections, everything. I thought it was a little weird, but it really does work. Blisters can also be a sign of a latch that's not quite right. Have you had an LC or someone have a look at your latch? It might be worth looking into. BF is definately a learning curve for mama and baby, but it figures itself out in the end . Keep it up....you've made it through the hardest part!
I'm still pumping but I am happy to report that joseph latched on this morning and fed for 10 minutes!!! YAY!!!! I keep telling myself that i am going to work on the tandem feed, but am wondering if I should just stick to pumping since I will be going back to work in about 3 weeks (Oct 19th)
the twins are fluctuating between 2.5 and 3 hours between feedings. You thought it was hard with one? You should hear how loud it gets when BOTH of them are screaming for their bottles. I had to buy a second bottle warmer to speed the warming process up.
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I've thought about the latch thing, but can that really be an issue when using a nipple shield? His latch looks right to me, mouth nice and open and lips flanged out. He does occasionally clamp down with his gums when he's really anxious to eat though. I have been letting the breastmilk air dry on the nipples, then using lanolin after each feeding (except a few night ones where I forget lol), and that does help some.
I just pumped because Gavin is sleeping and I felt pretty full. I have been wondering how much I have been producing since I usually have to top him off with 2-3 ounces of formula...here I only pumped 1.5 ounces!! I thought for sure it would be more than that b/c it was even dripping out of me before I started. No wonder my little guy has been so hungry Guess the oatmeal and mothers milk tea isn't doing squat!
I have also cut out dairy from my diet because I think he is sensitive to it.
When is it normal for the overly full breasts to subside? Evan has been eating often the last few days. However, there are a few times in the last couple of days when it's been several hours between feedings, but I don't feel "full". So now I'm wondering if he's eating so often because I'm not making enough, or because he's eating so often I don't have time to feel full.
Ok, I tried to read through the posts to get an answer to my question, but I can't keep up.
So, when you guys are pumping and getting several ounces, are you pumping AND breastfeeding the baby or are you just pumping exclusively? I am pumping and BFing, and I am getting 1-2 oz each time from one side. I considered that pretty good because with DS I would only get about 1/2 oz- 1 oz when I was pumping and BFing.