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    BabySaunders
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    staceyspain-I’m not sure about the milk supply issue, but you can for sure get your baby to take the breast. I’m recently a breastfeeding mother of a 3 week old baby. He nursed right after birth, but then he was taken to the NICU in another hospital and when I finally got to try and nurse him again, he just SCREAMED and would not latch. I tried EVERYTHING under the sun. Skin to skin, nipple shields, syringes….I took so much advice from EVERYONE and nothing worked. It was horrible. All I wanted to do was breastfeed my son. We are now on 48hrs with no bottle. I finally took one last bit of advice from a mother of 7 who had done this herself. I was TERRIFIED to do it, but it worked. **disclaimer** If your child is a premie or underweight….do NOT do this. My son had gained 3 lbs in 3 weeks, so I was prepared. Essentially you offer your baby nothing but the breast. He will scream, cry and refuse to nurse. You calm and soothe your baby and offer the breast again. Each time he refuses, you calm and soothe and just offer again. If he continues to cry then sing to him, rock him and place him down to rest. If he falls asleep offer the breast again when he wakes up. My son missed his 6am feeding, but when he woke up at 9:50am, he took the breast! I was so happy that I cried. He then refused to nurse on my other breast until 4pm. Then he nursed on that breast! Its VERY difficult to do, but go into your room and relax on your bed and just BE with your baby. Skin to skin and have no other distractions while you’re trying to feed. If you have a syringe with thin tubing (I did) then place it at your nipple and squirt expressed breastmilk into his mouth while he is at the nipple. This is what initially got him to start sucking at the breast. I had to do this for the first few feeding, but now we’re on our second day of breastfeeding and he’s hardly fighting me at all. He gets frustrated, but he does it. Make sure you are still providing nourishment for your baby, but do NOT give a bottle. I wound up having to finger feed him with the syringe a couple times, but try as much as you can do it at the nipple. It’s a horrible feeling knowing your baby is hungry and why they are crying, but they’re crying from frustration as well. The bottle is so much easier than the breast. They want to be satified immediately. I was HIGHLY skeptical about this method and almost didnt even try, but I’m so glad I did. I told myself that if he missed more than a few feeding I would give up, but he only missed one and then missed two in a row. Now he’s nursing at every feeding! It’s such a great feeling knowing I’m finally nourishing my son directly at the breast and not from expressed breastmilk. I’m not sure if anyone remembers me, but I was in here crying a few weeks ago about how to get my child to nurse! Good luck staceyspain! If you keep trying and don’t give up, you can get your milk to come back and your baby to nurse. Again. Please don’t do this if your baby is not a healthy weight!

    #6917415

    Bri
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    PGFirstTimer – I’m sorry you are in pain! That’s awful and I don’t look forward to teething. At least she is old enough to start to understand. Have you nursed wih pressure on her chin? This helps teach her to open her mouth wider when she nurses. Don’t worry it won’t hurt her but with pressure on your chin she can’t close her mouth. It works well. She isn’t biting yet, right? If she isn’t biting yet then you just need her to learn to keep her mouth wide open. If she is actually biting down then she isn’t actively nursing and therefore your session is done. When my son would bite I would tell him no biting and set him on the ground. He’d cry and I’d let him for about a minute and then pick him up. I’d cuddle him and tell him why we were done for that time. Of course he doesn’t completely understand but in a week he put two and two together….bite and no more nursing. It took a while to completely heal but I did once he stopped biting. If you can catch it before biting really begins then you are better then I was! HAHA! You’ll probably always feel the teeth but it shouldn’t be causing pain. It’s all a learning process. Good Luck!

    #6917671

    katjak7
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    Bri – that is so cute that your 3 month old smiles while getting the fast letdown. That’s a pretty great attitude to have about it!

    #6917927

    phatbaby57
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    my lo has changed his nursing schedule to match my pumping schedule all of a sudden which is fine but it’s making it impossible to pump enough for him. i’ve really been dipping into my very small freezer supply this week. i hope we get back to normal soon or my body hurries and catches up.

    #6918183

    styx
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    My hub totally supports the first year. It’s anything after he is not sure of.

    #6918439

    didderty
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    it took 3-4 weeks for breastfeeding to get easier for me. i HATED it at first…..i just felt so tired and my baby was eating sometimes every 30 minutes and like 19-20 times a day…..BUT it did get easier. bottles are SO much harder…….i love breastfeeding now and so glad i decided to do it.

    #6918695

    didderty
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    OMG!!! i forgot the suction thingys that go to my pump at home…the last time i pumped was 4 this morning and i’m not going to be able to pump again until i get home at like 5:30…..this is going to be so bad!!!

    #6918951

    phatbaby57
    Member

    I thought underwire was a no-no. Who knew all this time I was wrong and suffering unnecessarily.

    #6919207

    katjak7
    Member

    Actually there are certain situations where a breastfed baby can be overfed. Occasionally there are breastfed babies who have tummy pains and gastric symptoms from lactose overload or reflux and they want to feed again and again as they can mistake the pains for hunger. Here is a link… http://www.babycareadvice.com/babycare/general_help/article.php?id=80

    #6919463

    mereandgirl
    Member

    Lawson: I reverse hunch. Lol. I scoot my butt to the edge of the chair and then lean back. I hold her in the cradle hold

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    Bri- LOL! Im sorry but you are sooo funny and sweet! Its great to see mommas who are really devoted to BF!! 🙂

    #6919975

    Rachelsbaby
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    Bunny – I have a 21 mnth old at home in addition to an 8 week old. I gve my little one a bottle a day (of bm) and let me tell you it is no easier. It requires two hands and it is much harder to get up to chase my older one. It also takes more tme to prepare since yu can just whip out a boob. I’d strongly advise against quiting bf’ing if you just want it to be easier. But that’s my opinion.

    #6920231

    illy2
    Member

    Does anyone have any advice to give my sil who has a month old lo… She is ebfeeding and is exhausted. Her lo was born 3 weeks early at 5.7lb he’s putting on weight fine and appears to have plenty of wet diapers and bm. He feeds every 2 hours throughout the day and night but lately this has been reduced to every hour or even 30 mins. In between he’s crying and rooting for food – sucking anything he gets close too. Could this be colic/reflux/ a growth spurt?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

    #6920487

    Ready4No2
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    Bri (and any other c/s moms) – do you still have your mommy tummy from your c/s, or are you losing it too as you’re losing weight?

    #6920743

    Bri
    Member

    What you pay is really depending on your insurance. My first was a PPO plan which meant I paid 20% of most things but I could go to any doctor I chose. My second was a HMO so I had my selected doctor (same as the first) but they covered everything. I’m back to having a PPO plan now that my husband is working for another company. I had this one before too, Primera. I’m not fond of them. They are actually battling with many of the doctors in this area right now which is frustrating. Our co-pay is now $20 rather then $10 as well. Not a big deal though. At least I can just make an appointment anywhere and go now. Before I had to have a referral which was a pain in the rear.

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