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post #61 of 72

You just never know. I sucked my thumb until the fourth grade (really!). No need for braces, no dental problems of any sort. But even without any problems, it was the dentist who pushed for extreme measures to break the habit- maybe because he got paid to install the temporary contraption that made it impossible to close my mouth with a thumb in it. Mmph. I know it's socially unacceptable for older kids, but boy, was it soothing. I never picked it back up once the hardware was out, but to this day I don't know if there's anything (healthy) that provides as much comfort as thumbsucking did.


(I promise I'm also reading and enjoying the on-topic stuff! lol.gif)

post #62 of 72
My best friend has a foster daughter who's 17 and sucks her thumb (so hard that she has a callous). She doesn't do it in public or anything like that, but apparently she sleeps that way, or sometimes if they're watching a movie or TV she will without thinking. She's totally neurotypical, btw, and seems pretty well-adjusted now (does pretty well in school, stays out of trouble -- my friends have had her for 3 or 4 years now, though she was in residential care before they got her). Her teeth are crooked, and I didn't even make the connection that it could possibly be related to the thumb-sucking until this thread. Huh. (Though I suppose they could just be a little crooked because some people's teeth are a little crooked.)

Yeeska -- I am kind of irrationally paranoid about tongue tie. I have no reason to suspect this baby will have it, but it seems like a particularly hard problem to get diagnosed and fixed right away for some reason.

MissE -- I couldn't tell from your reply post if you got the tubing figured out. It doesn't go straight in the bottle (no milk should enter the tubes), but rather hooks up to the horns that screw on to the bottles. Here's a pic:

They sell just replacement tubes for $8.50 on Amazon, but they're actually cheaper than that at 2 of our drugstores in town. (And it would be way cheaper to get replacement tubes and the one replacement horn than the entire "replacement kit" which is around $50.)

I think I had something to post about actually prepping for nursing, but now I've forgotten. redface.gif I'll post again if it comes to me!
post #63 of 72
Originally Posted by MamanFrancaise View Post

Just curious about which pacifier eventually worked? My last DD used me as a pacifier as well and would projectile vomit.


Anyone else have this issue? What did you do?

Idk if this was mentioned yet. I haven't taken the time to read every other post, so if this is a repeat I apologize.


I had a similar issue with DS.He wouldn't vomit but he would want to nurse but get upset when he got milk, eyesroll.gif crazy kid. I wasn't holding off on giving a paci for any permanent reason, I just didn't want nipple confusion if I gave it to him too soon. He was 3 weeks old when we gave him an orthodontic paci and he loved it. We didn't have any nipple confusion either.

post #64 of 72

So how do I decide what kind of pump I should get? Assuming everything is normal, I really only plan on pumping a couple times a week (he'll be with grandparents a couple hours a week) so I don't need anything fancy (aka I can't spend a lot of money on it). But I don't think I want a manual, those just sound dreadful.


I'm also pro-paci, but I do worry about nipple confusion. I don't want to introduce it too early but it seems like everyone has a different opinion about when that is! I honestly just don't love the idea of the constant comfort nursing. I want to be able to put my boobs away and have DH be able to hold him and comfort him when he's not hungry too so when we feel it's safe, we will definitely try several types of pacifiers in hopes of finding one he'll take.

post #65 of 72

ArtificialRed, I've actually heard really good things about manual pumps for occassional pumping, so maybe don't rule them out completely. I'm inheriting a Medela In Style from a friend. I used it once or twice last time and it worked fine. I also had a hospital grade Medela (symphony, I think?) for the first couple months when we were having breastfeeding issues, and it was awesome. I sort of think it's overkill for what you're talking about though.


The last time I researched pumps was over 3 years ago before my DD was born. I know there are a lot more options on the market now. If you have midwives or LC's in your area, they may be a good source of recommendations. The breastfeeding forum here is great too.

post #66 of 72

Oh! I just had to share this. In one of the CBE classes over the weekend, the instructor was doing a basic run-down on oxytocin--what it does, the ways it's released, etc.--and mentioned that there's a pressure point related to oxytocin release on the roof of the mouth! I don't know that I'm remembering that terminology correctly, but the general idea makes total sense, what with the nipple contact during nursing and all.. and also makes total sense why I wanted to continue sucking my thumb into old age. That may have been the single coolest thing I learned.

post #67 of 72
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Yeeska View Post

Some resources recommend breast massage, but really it's about getting women familiar with and comfortable with handling their breasts. While one should not toughen her nipples ahead of time, prenatal breast massage won't hurt, but it's not really necessary or especially helpful for breast function either. Being pregnant prepares the breasts to lactate. A good latch keeps nipples from getting damaged (at least the vast majority of the time). It's really about letting the system work. Westerners tend to over think the whole thing. I, too, am a fan of starting with "laid back breastfeeding". We cerebral mommas tend to get in the way more than anything!

Good to know that's not truly necessary.  Thanks, Yeeska, for all the great advise.  I definitely want to try the laid back breastfeeding, sounds so intuitive!

post #68 of 72

About the pacifiers... I'm not pro or anti paci. Although we did not use one with DD, I totally get why someone would choose to. However, it did occur to me that it might be worth mentioning that if anyone is planning on using breastfeeding as birth control / LAM for the first few months, any use of artificial nipples including pacifiers and bottles greatly reduces its effectiveness. I don't necessarily think that means you shouldn't use a paci, just make sure you aren't counting on nursing to keep you from ovulating if you are.

post #69 of 72

Ok so I'm obviously a first time mom but holy cow I am a bit shocked right now! I youtubed instructions for hand expressing milk and just tried it - it completely worked and SO quickly!  I have been watching my breasts like a hawk these last few weeks to see if I had any signs of colostrum and had  seen nothing.  I was able to get a nice drop after just a few seconds - I'm strangely delighted.  The miraculous human body!

post #70 of 72

Thanks Carlin, I think I might actually plan on going the manual route after all. If it's only once or twice a week it probably won't be a big deal. That's interesting to know about artificial nipples and ovulation. That's definitely not what we're planning on doing, but still really interesting!

post #71 of 72
AR- I was against the idea of a manual pump with my first baby, but once I got to the second, I found the manual pump much simpler for occasional use. Regardless of what you use, I was surprised how much it helped to use a little nipple cream or olive oil for a gentler experience.
post #72 of 72
I rented a hospital-grade pump, which worked really, really well (and was actually pretty reasonable: $40 per month, but they'd prorate if you returned it early, so really $10/week) but I had to buy the $50 horns and tubes and valves and bottles kit to use with it, which I was kind of annoyed by, until I realized that the kit could also be but together to use as a manual pump (it's probably not the best manual pump out there, but it worked and would have been fine if I hadn't been going back to work -- and really that isn't because it was less effective, just that it took longer and I could only do one side at a time, so then it took even longer). A couple of nice things about a manual pump: they are quiet! and they are very portable -- you don't need to find a place with a plug if you are out and about.

Since I'm staying home this time, I'm actually thinking about just renting the hospital pump again (say at 6 weeks? maybe for a month?) to pump once or so a day to build up a small freezer stash and then just planning on pumping (I have that manual and the double electric I used while working) if I miss a feeding for some reason (so no regular regimen of pumping, doing very few/no bottles). Since I already have the kit, it would be super cheap.
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