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post #121 of 238
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Originally Posted by bambihelton View Post

I have found that I do much better with a manual pump. I've gone through three to find the one that really works for me. The Lansinoh one that I bought was the pits. I tried a Medela that didn't seem to do much at all, but I got an Avent manual pump that just rocks my socks! I got 3 ounces within 30 minutes this morning! That's HUGE for me! 

I love my Avent manual too! I have been using my new Medela swing this time but will never get rid of my Avent. It is awesome!
post #122 of 238
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Originally Posted by cagnew View Post

Bean: They can't overeat. If she isn't projectile vomiting after you feed her, then she isn't getting too much. People LOVE to put their two cents in when it comes to child-rearing. Perhaps they mean well, but it can get annoying! 

Bambi: I've tried several as well, and the avent manual is the only one that works for me as well smile.gif The more you use it, the easier it will most likely get!

I swear, this time around bfing is really sucking. I want to give up but the only thing that stops me is that I don't want a repeat of DD1. I formula fed her and she was sick all the time. She had ear infection after ear infection and we finally put in tubes. My other two were EBF and have never had an ear infection. In fact, they have never had more than a cold (that I can remember). All three can get the same cold, and poor dd1 always gets it way worse and usually spikes a fever (when the others don't get one). I really strongly feel that that is because she wasn't breastfed. Granted, I know some breastfed kids that seem to get sick a lot, but I think that has to do with their habits... they are around kids who are always sick and they live in an emotionally difficult household. They just aren't healthy in general.

So yeah... that's my reason for sticking it out. At this point, I could get past all my other beefs with formula, but not that one. I certainly DO NOT judge moms who end up formula feeding. I totally understand! After successfully bfing two kids I had developed a pretty prideful attitude about it... that almost any challenge could and should be overcome to avoid formula. How fast we can be humbled!

I know that all this crap will pass and I will be happy I stuck it out, but MAN... I'm hatin' it right now.

I am. so sorry you are having such a rough time. greensad.gif. I hope it eases up for you soon.
post #123 of 238
I have been dealing with awful over supply and engorgement too. I was actually just coming on here to recommend a lotion for sore boobies. I was looking for a good peppermint lotion and the only one I could find at Target was Burts Bees peppermint foot lotion. When i got home I read the back and it has peppermint oil, parsley leaf oil, and menthol. I pumped some of my engorgement down and slathered it on. OMG they feel so much better now! Obviously have to be careful not get any near where baby would be nursing but I am keeping right on my kitchen table so I have it handy.
post #124 of 238

Here is my own completely unscientific, completely personal and anecdotal experience regarding oversupply.

 

I have had an over supply with all my children.  HOWEVER, I find when I eliminate foods I am sensitive to, the oversupply is much more manageable and let down isn't so painful.  Keep in mind that anything fermented or yeasty (like beer or bread) can also cause an increase.

post #125 of 238

Any recommendations for dealing with seasonal allergies? I have terrible seasonal allergies from end of April through September or so, and just the last week it's starting to really get to me. In the past it's been so bad I've had my nasal passages completely swollen shut. Usually taking Claritin every day starting in early April helps, but the babies' pediatrician said that Claritin will dry up my breastfeeding supply, which is already super low. Any other advice for allergies?

post #126 of 238
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Jess you should try a netti pot with distilled water. It helps me a ton.
post #127 of 238
I am not nursing right now but just wanted to share something I saw while in the NICU today. There was a mom who had a very tiny premie son who was hooked up to oxygen and a feeding tube but she had learned/taught him to nurse! I was super impressed! He had to be no more than 4 lbs. and he had been in the unit for a few weeks too. Just thought it was really cool.
post #128 of 238

I used to be SO worried about giving Gray bottles to supplement because everyone said that he would get too lazy to breastfeed. 

 

That was SO untrue for me!!! Gray comfort nurses. When he is hungry, I nurse him until he finally gives up on both sides because he can't get anything else out. If he gets fussy or can't settle down, we offer a bottle of pumped milk or formula. He never refuses the bottle, but it still isn't mama! He ALWAYS has to nurse to go to sleep.

 

We went to my mom's house for Mother's Day yesterday. On the way home at about 8 last night, Gray started screaming in the car. His paci wasn't helping, a bottle wouldn't suffice.. nothing would make him stop wailing! So I had to pull over and nurse him to sleep in the back seat of my car!... which was a failed attempt, because when he woke up 5 minutes later, he did the same thing so we had to stick it out until we got home. I felt like the worst mother EVER!  

post #129 of 238
Bambi - we had a similar experience in the car also. It makes,mw feel stuck in the house. Esp. When LO and I go out on our own. (which we will do this week!)

what type if paci are people using? DH bought three kinds that she doesn't like. They seem to be too big (long nipple?) for her mouth.

I just put the first two bags of b milk in freezer! 7 weeks of leave left and I'm terrified there won't be enough milk.

LO gets supplement milk too (b milk) - I want to try and limit it to one middle of the night feeding (until I feel more secure about my frozen stash).
post #130 of 238
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Originally Posted by bambihelton View Post

I used to be SO worried about giving Gray bottles to supplement because everyone said that he would get too lazy to breastfeed. 

 

That was SO untrue for me!!! Gray comfort nurses. When he is hungry, I nurse him until he finally gives up on both sides because he can't get anything else out. If he gets fussy or can't settle down, we offer a bottle of pumped milk or formula. He never refuses the bottle, but it still isn't mama! He ALWAYS has to nurse to go to sleep.

 

We went to my mom's house for Mother's Day yesterday. On the way home at about 8 last night, Gray started screaming in the car. His paci wasn't helping, a bottle wouldn't suffice.. nothing would make him stop wailing! So I had to pull over and nurse him to sleep in the back seat of my car!... which was a failed attempt, because when he woke up 5 minutes later, he did the same thing so we had to stick it out until we got home. I felt like the worst mother EVER!  

 

I haven't had any problem with Gemma switching between me, a bottle, and a pacifier. She's a rotten nurser but that started before she ever had a bottle. I suppose the pacifier could have messed up her nursing since we gave her one right away... but I doubt it. I do wish it would get better because I hate pumping and messing with bottles. 

 

By the way, you are not an awful mother for the car thing. I think most moms have episodes like that... I know I have! 

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Originally Posted by Munchkin08 View Post

Bambi - we had a similar experience in the car also. It makes,mw feel stuck in the house. Esp. When LO and I go out on our own. (which we will do this week!)

what type if paci are people using? DH bought three kinds that she doesn't like. They seem to be too big (long nipple?) for her mouth.

I just put the first two bags of b milk in freezer! 7 weeks of leave left and I'm terrified there won't be enough milk.

LO gets supplement milk too (b milk) - I want to try and limit it to one middle of the night feeding (until I feel more secure about my frozen stash).

We use a NAK size 0-2 months. It was the only newborn size I could find. We tried the fancy (expensive) natural one from whole foods but she wouldn't take it. 

post #131 of 238
Calliope is getting enough(her constant diaper changes and weight gain at least indicate she is lol) but her latch is awful. She falls off constantly and it HURTS. The LC was no help, either. Both my other kids were awesome nursers, but I feel like I'm failing here greensad.gif
post #132 of 238
We went to my mom's house for Mother's Day yesterday. On the way home at about 8 last night, Gray started screaming in the car. His paci wasn't helping, a bottle wouldn't suffice.. nothing would make him stop wailing! So I had to pull over and nurse him to sleep in the back seat of my car!... which was a failed attempt, because when he woke up 5 minutes later, he did the same thing so we had to stick it out until we got home. I felt like the worst mother EVER!  
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Oh, don't feel bad! You have to get home somehow,, and the cars the one place where you just can't hold them. I personally don't feed in the car because for me it ends in spit up or vomit and nothings worse than a child vomiting in the car!! My 5 year-old did it a few months ago and the funk is STILL THERE!!! For Eleanor, hearing Raffi sing twinkle twinkle calms her in the car. Keep trying different things. The sound of the open window helps us too. And a pacifier clip is helpful so it's easy to find when they drop it and you're in the front seat.
post #133 of 238
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Originally Posted by Munchkin08 View Post

Bambi - we had a similar experience in the car also. It makes,mw feel stuck in the house. Esp. When LO and I go out on our own. (which we will do this week!)

what type if paci are people using? DH bought three kinds that she doesn't like. They seem to be too big (long nipple?) for her mouth.

I just put the first two bags of b milk in freezer! 7 weeks of leave left and I'm terrified there won't be enough milk.

LO gets supplement milk too (b milk) - I want to try and limit it to one midd
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e of the night feeding (until I feel more secure about my frozen stash).

I use a new kind of NUK that's one silicon piece. My baby was gagging on others but this one's small and thin.
http://www.nuk-usa.com/all-products/pacifiers/advanced-orthodontic-100-silicone-pacifier.aspx
post #134 of 238
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Originally Posted by alaskanmomma View Post

Calliope is getting enough(her constant diaper changes and weight gain at least indicate she is lol) but her latch is awful. She falls off constantly and it HURTS. The LC was no help, either. Both my other kids were awesome nursers, but I feel like I'm failing here greensad.gif

This is me exactly. It's worse at night too. My nipples have toughened up enough that the pain isn't as bad as it was, but it's still crap. It's so frustrating because my other two nursed so well. 

 

I hope it gets better for both of us!

post #135 of 238
Just tried pumping for the first time and it looks like I have a hickey at the base of the nipple and a small blue fleck in one of the nipple creases. I'll be annoyed if this continues or hurts. Feel like I'm just "out of the woods" and confident with breastfeeding at 4 weeks. I pumped until it started to feel uncomfortable and my nipple looked immense, and I got about 2 ounces. I want hubby to be able to do a feeding, but I much prefer the sensory experience of nursing!
post #136 of 238
We use the green soothie pacifiers. They are the only thing DD would use and Cody will take. They don't leave a mark like a lot of them do and they seem easier for them to hold.
post #137 of 238
MaineCoastMama, is it like a blood blister?

As for pacis we use Soothies and MAMs.
post #138 of 238

Gray won't take a paci. We have tried the Tommy Tippees, soothies, and the silicone Nuks. He will suck on the Soothies for just a second but spits it right back out. Sometimes when I give it to him, he makes an awful face at me and just keeps on screaming. 

post #139 of 238
1babys- I looked like it was going that way but today have nursed on it with no pain thankfully.

Rheiner is iffy with pacifiers too. He often protests them but then most times starts sucking on them and seems to find comfort in them. He is not able to keep one in for long unless his positioning is just right.
post #140 of 238
My LO is 1 month old today!

And my nipples still hurt. I think the right side is BC the lat h isn't that great. I think she just gets the nipple. Sigh.

She took a pacifier last night for some time! I have to admit I was relieved with the idea of less fussiness. No such luck. We will see what happens if/as she gets used to it.
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