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    Bri
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    For those feeling like a pacifier. I know how you feel and can tell you that it will get better eventually. Also, as emotional as it is right now, try to enjoy this time with baby. They are only this small for so long. I am a total avocate for breastfeeding and love the experience, the whole experience. I take real pride and joy out of it. My first son self weaned at 22months. My second son is 6weeks old. He still uses me as a pacifier. I understand that you get to a point where you’ve just had a enough. Once baby is well and truly full you can hand baby off to Dad, Grandma, a friend, who ever is around. They’ll learn how to comfort baby. They can make sure baby is changed and find the position that they like. My son is really gassy. We found the laying him down and pumping his legs helps him to relieve himself. I also found that we need to burp him after every feed so that is definately something that Dad can do. He also gets bored of the same positions so we move him from the chest to facing outward, to laying down to laying downward on our laps. The other night while watching to Olympics Alex fell asleep laying across my lay facing down. His head was craddled to the side on one of my arms and his arms were over mine. It felt good to lay that way while I patted him bum. I would suggest trying each position once you’ve had enough. Also, I’m not a big fan of pacifiers but we do use them at night on occasion. Many babies need to learn to use them. You put it in and help them hold it. For those who just can hold it in themselves you can cradle them to your chest so your chest holds it in and they feel like they are nursing. That is an option if that is the way you want to go. Good Luck! And remember, this time will pass and you’ll all be pros at nursing. You may also come to be like me and miss nursing the little little ones. I’m now taking it all in because I wished away the first three months with my first son. It was so darn hard and we had no rest. I love nursing a toddler too but there is nothing like holding a newborn in your arms and giving them nutrients for them to grow. I enjoy putting Alex on a scale because I know it’s me that is helping him grow. He’s huge! Six weeks and already over 14lbs.

    #6917137

    T3POandR2D2
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    Gotta love a chunky monkey breastfed baby!!

    #6917393

    Bri
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    Neither of my boys have fallen out of bed. They sleep between my husband and I. Well, Chris is in his bed now but every once in a while he’s in with me. He’s old enough now that I sleep between him and his brother. Once Alex is moving around more then he’ll be moved to his bed. I can’t sleep with a head or foot in my stomach. But he’s rolling now. He’s just blocked by his parents. HAHA!

    #6917649

    Ready4No2
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    Funny, katjak, that you mention peppermint tea. I started having supply issues at around 5 months and swear it was all the peppermint tea I was drinking. I was drinking 2 or more huge cups a day and as soon as I stopped, with some effort, my supply went back up. Thankfully! It was pretty scary though til I realized what was causing it.

    #6917905

    babybean3
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    I wana say me personally I was not judging anyone. I simply wanted to inform her of the cons since she thought she was fully informed. I co slept w my son till he was 6 weeks by then he slept through the night so I transitioned him to his crib which is in my room. There was no crying involved otherwise I would’ve kept him w me. I personally Dnt believe in having a child cry bc I know I Dnt like to cry by myself when upset. I want my husband and sometimes call my mom for comfort so I Dnt wana do it to my child. Now those who do do what’s best for them hey after all its there. Child not mine

    #6918161

    Nipples are nearly healed! Asher is 13 days old, I am just so impressed with how much easier it has been this time than with my first, no horrible baby blues, good latch after the tongue clip, we figured out our sleep routine within the 1st couple days, lol, I feel like i may be jinxing myself but just night and day with how is was with my daughter vs. now… i know it is mostly experience but also my hormones seem much less volatile pp this time. Now if I can just figure out how to keep him awake for a good long feed, none of the usual tricks work with him, he nurses for 10 min, sleeps for 10min, nurses for10 and so on until he is full.

    #6918417

    Luv2BaMama
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    Krystal; it is actually normal for women to get 2 oz total at a time when pumping because it is an artificial stimulation. What you pump vs what your baby eats are not the same. Unless it is my first pump of the day, I only get 1.5 to 2 oz total. When my daughter was younger I was pumping 8-10 times per day on top of nursing just to get enough milk for while she was at daycare. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter if I wait 2 hours or 4 hours, I still pump the same amount. My morning pump, I get about 3.5 oz total. My aunt (who shares her BM with us) pumps 8 oz + at a time, but that is actually pretty unusual for most women.

    #6918673

    Bri
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    Ama, block feeding can help but you can also relieve a little before feeding to allow the letdown to calm down a bit first. This can have it’s draw backs though. It can lead for production that isn’t needed. But, once your baby is bigger he’ll be able to take the letdown and probably have a tummy big enough to drink it all. As for the latch, have you tried opening his mouth. Use your thumb to press on his chin. It won’t hurt him but give some pressure and he’ll open up. Hold it there to keep it open.

    #6918929

    Bri
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    nic4charles – My son was 26 months when Alex was born. He’s adorable but very active. He likes to climb on me when I’m nursing. He only weaned 4 months before so I let him try and he doesn’t seem so interested in it anymore. Alex snacks throughout the day as well because he’ll get interupted. I don’t have a problem with Chris annoying us but he knows I’m tied down when I’m nursing so that’s when he gets into mischief. So, we’ve done cartoons, blocks, ABC’s on the chaulk board and so forth. You can also cuddle up with him while your nursing and read a book quietly. In time your baby will learn to deal with big brother.

    #6919185

    LaIsla~ Lol, I have a moby and a lovin’ hugs swing, between the two both of my snuggle babies have been placated… Though my son will not take a binky, so I am his paci!

    #6919441

    LaIslaBonita
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    Whats wrong with hunching? I hunch lol

    #6919697

    phatbaby57
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    ella- isaac just started eating more and more and wanting to nurse less and less. once he turned one i’d offer him food first and wait for him to ‘ask’ to nurse. they will ask when they want it…not in words but well you know by flopping sideways and opening his mouth at boobie level. anyhow the only time he asks now is before naps and bedtime and in the middle of the night. on the weekends when i’m still in bed with him when he wakes he asks then too. he mostly does food now though. i suspect in the next few months he may wean altogether b/c i think he mostly uses me now to go to sleep and it just isn’t working as good as it used to.

    #6919953

    not breastfeeding related. Took james and ollie to musical movement with my friend and her little boy jack. I was out the room changing ollie’s nappy and james was running around the room with jack whilst my friend watched them. When i was out the room james tripped and got a nose bleed, he has never had a nose bleed before. He is fine now and probably forgot about it but i can’t stop thinking about it feel so sorry for him.

    #6920209

    ella15
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    thanks emilee. i was on zantac too so i was kind of thinking it’s ok. well i really hope it won’t decrease my supply as i was trying to increase it.

    #6920465

    Ready4No2
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    Katie kneads with her hands as well and pulls back her head quite often. The pulling back doesn’t bother me too much, except when I have an open cut on my nipple or a sore of some sort. And as for nursing while laying down… That has become a free for all gymnastics session. I had no idea my nipple could be stretched in so many directions! Her latest favourite is nursing and sleeping on her tummy. Not always the most pleasant feeling! 😀

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