Originally Posted by Cellist
Sometimes he de-latches on his own, over and over and over until he gets frustrated and starts crying. What is THAT all about? Other times, no problem and no pain right from the start. WTF.
Every kid has a different nursing personality--I'm discovering that right now. My last kiddo was what we called a "nurn-a-holic" because he would wake up every hour or 90 min to nurse (Even until he was a year old) because he just adored nursing. But this baby? No way. He easily sleeps for 3-4 hours, but then when he wakes up he's on-again-off-again at the breast, like he knows it's the only way to get food, but it's so boring who really wants to nurse. I'll tickle his cheek or lip and he'll obligingly open wide, but after two sucks he spits it out again. I think he just has a smaller appetite than the last kiddo (he' still gaining weight fine and everything). DH trried him on the binkie and he does like that--he wants to suck, but he doesn't want as much milk as I've got. (I need someone to donate to I think
One thing about him de-latching--are you big busted? I have noticed (with both kids) that if I'm on the full side (not even engorged, just full) that the breast is too big/firm for them to get a good latch and they end up sliding off. I take two fingers and squish my breast just behind the aerola so that it's softer and not so big a mouthful for the babe, and that really helps.
Also, if I try to take my hand away (not hold the breast in place for him) he tends to slide off because it's heavy and just pulls out of his mouth...I can use a rolled up washcloth or prefold tucked under my boob though and that helps hold it in place.
Originally Posted by Juliacat
I got up this morning thinking that if someone would invent a PAINLESS way of extracting milk from my breasts, I would be all over it.
Have you tried hand expressing? I've never gotten very good at it, but a lot of women find it easier (more comfortable) than pumping or even nursing, because it's squeezing on the breast behind the nipple, rather than sucking on the nipple...
I had a lot of nipple pain the first few days this time--blisters and bleeding and all that. I think it's was because this baby would nurse in such looong stretches (he might sleep for 3 hours but then he'd nurse for an hour). It's gotten better since my milk came in and he's nursing in shorter stints...
One thing I would STRONGLY recommend to all the mamas who are having nursing troubles/pains--find a LLL or other breastfeeding support group!! Even if your troubles seem like minor things, there always seems to be another mama who has btdt and it can be so helpful and encouraging to talk to somebody who has survived it before you.