I had a u-shaped 'knockoff' Boppy pillow that I couldn't live without the first 4 weeks or so, but lately I've been having better luck w/a down-filled king sized pillow. It's long and really smooshy so I can bend it into the shapes/support I need. Just this week I had some luck nursing William in the cradle hold - w/o any pillows - he's grown long enough that his butt rests in my lap and I don't have to support his entire body on my arm. But I'm still relying on pillows and lots of back support 99% of the time....William takes FOREVER to nurse (he'll suck 24/7 if he could) and there's usually screaming involved at some point, so I need to make ourselves as comfy as possible. I'm still nowhere near ready to NIP.....I have no clothes/outfits that I could possibly to do it in either - I go braless around the house and would much prefer to stay that way!
I get soooo frustrated w/DH when he trivializes all my "hangups" about NIP that prevent me from getting out of the house and doing more. Whenever I "complain" or mention how I can't just run errands, get groceries, shop, goto the park, etc. (w/o a bottle and careful planning/timing) he thinks its just a modesty issue and tells me that I "just need to get over it and get out there" - grrrrr!! It's so much more than that, as you all know.
The BF'ing itself seems to be going well though - the pain/discomfort have become more tolerable, which I can accept for the longer term. William would nurse ALL DAY AND NIGHT if I let him. I still worry sometimes that I don't have enough milk to keep up w/him by the end of the day, especially when he's cluster feeding. I'm trying to get at least one pumping session in each day and am slowly seeing some improvement in the yield.
For those of you who are pumping - how many ounces do you give in one bottle feeding?? When I was EP'ing the first few weeks, I was giving 3-4 oz at a time, but that was weeks ago and I'm wondering if now @ 8wks, William should be getting more than that? He still fusses after DH gives him the bottle (3-4 oz) but I also think he's just super attached to the boob and can't console himself w/o it.....