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post #21 of 25
I just thought of one other thing you can try - perhaps with assistance. Sit up in bed with you bum about where you'd have it while lying down. Get her latched on nicely and snugly held with your arm(s). Then slowly ease yourself down to lying down while maintaining the latch. Tricky business, but I promise it will get easier in a few months!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Lydiah View Post
I couldnt do it until my dd was a bit bigger.
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We couldn't manage it until she was 3 months old. And it totally hurts my back!
post #23 of 25
this is almost how I always nurse. (I have overactive letdown so this latch helps) my number one tip is to become aware of your own body after the latch happens and relax areas that you may be holding tension. Sometimes, I find that I am contorting myself and holding it as I try to latch my dc. Letting go and relaxing makes this a great way to nurse and sleep.
post #24 of 25
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Hmm, ok. I think my main problem has been trying to hold her head and my boob and control everything too much, since I need to do that when sitting upright. That means I'm totally trying to contort myself and then I get her on... but I'm in a crazy position and it hurts once I relax. I just realized that I let her latch herself today when we nursed in the wrap... so I need to let her latch herself here too!

Thanks for all the replies, I think I'm getting a better mental picture of how this can work! I'll just keep trying till we get it; I'm so tired of the whole shebang of getting out of bed every time!
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Amber Lion View Post
Hmm, ok. I think my main problem has been trying to hold her head and my boob and control everything too much, since I need to do that when sitting upright. That means I'm totally trying to contort myself and then I get her on... but I'm in a crazy position and it hurts once I relax. I just realized that I let her latch herself today when we nursed in the wrap... so I need to let her latch herself here too!

Thanks for all the replies, I think I'm getting a better mental picture of how this can work! I'll just keep trying till we get it; I'm so tired of the whole shebang of getting out of bed every time!
I was like this for my first babe. Now after lots of experience, it's a lot easier with the second one. Ive been sidelying nursing since she was three days old. I do what many of the pps said: have her face me, lean back just a bit and support my back on a pillow.

Regarding the angry squirming, my midwife just told me that the angry squirming is an animal instinct that most newborns do. Maybe she's doing it more at night because she's not being held (?)

good luck--you will master this before you know it! (and you'll get so much more sleep!)
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