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post #161 of 192

Another trick for mastitis is natural apple cider vinegar. When I got mastitis a couple months ago a friend told me about this trick. She'd had mastitis 25 times over the span of nursing 3 children and finally went and asked a dairy farmer what he did to prevent it in his cows. He said he gives apple cider vinegar to his cows. If you have mastitis, drink a tablespoon in a cup of tea or coffee every hour or two till it goes away. Then after that drink 1 T daily in a cup of liquid for maintenance. This friend never had mastitis after that, and she had 2 more children that she also breastfed. It has really worked for me too - no more redness or mastitis since I've started taking the vinegar daily. 

Kitteh, I feel for you - what a mess! After soaking my bed thoroughly, I finally stuck a towel in between the sheet and the matress pad to try to catch most of those night time drips (though in this case for you it sounds like much more than a towel's worth). For me, it's my left side that tends to get fuller and harder - I find when I feed the baby more on that side to empty it, it just perpetuates the problem. If I let it go longer (even though it's uncomfortable) it won't keep filling as much. I still don't have it regulated as well as the other side, but it's slowly getting better (I think/hope:)). 

You know, when I first started breastfeeding, I had no clue it would be such a difficult and challenging process! Those times when it works well make it worth it, but it took 2 to 3 months before there actually started being some truly good/comfortable nursing sessions on a consistent basis. So grateful the worst of the painful nursing times seems to be behind me now. 

post #162 of 192
Just thought i would post a little nursing photo... Love my little nursling :-)

post #163 of 192
Kitteh how are things going with your supply? Still crazy?
post #164 of 192
I love the foot in the face, shanna-cat! I get that too.
post #165 of 192
Shanna-cat, I love that photo! So cute. I wanna chomp on them toes.

My supply issues have calmed down some. The size difference is hardly noticeable unless I eat too much oats and then the right one gets huge and oversupplies. So strange.

Also over the last week I noticed that my pumping output has taken a nosedive. I used t get 5+ oz within the first 5 to 10 minutes of pumping. Now I'm lucky to get 1 or 2. But Amelia is still resisting taking a bottle anyhow, and my freezerstash is plenty big. So I'm not too worried.

She's still refusing solids, even super liquidy ones. Any other babies hate "real" food?
post #166 of 192

I don't get the foot so much as the rolling vortex with requisite nip-lash.  I have never seen a baby in such constant motion! Aubrey doesn't do well with liquid-y foods.  Or anything too chunky.  The only thing that has a chance of going down are foods that are guacamole consistency.  Even then, most of it ends up on her.  Just this past week she started eating more, before this she loved to experiment with flavor and texture, but spit everything out.  My first wasn't interested in "real" food until well after a year.  They are all different. 

 

My supply seems to have down regulated as well.  I only am able to pump more than an ounce or two if I am skipping a nursing session.  Well, I could probably get more if I needed too, but I used to get 4 or 5 in just a minute or two.  Now (unless it's when she is usually nursing) it's just two ounces in ten minutes.  But I'm not away from her much.....although I feel like after needing to be admitted to the hospital last minute that a stash would be a good idea.  I just haven't gotten around to pumping it.  :/

post #167 of 192
Oh my has anyone else's LO started pinching while nursing?? B does and it is SO painful. My aeriola has little scratches and scabs all over... So not fun. And he gets so mad when I move his little pinching fingers
post #168 of 192
Yeah. I gotta keep them daggers trimmed.
post #169 of 192

Leora has ALWAYS pinched. It was cute & endearing at first but it's getting to be point of contention in our nursing relationship. Clipped nails do help.

post #170 of 192

yep, i've been getting pinched pretty much the whole time too...and i can never find the damn clippers!

post #171 of 192
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Originally Posted by Voondrop View Post

Leora has ALWAYS pinched. It was cute & endearing at first but it's getting to be point of contention in our nursing relationship. Clipped nails do help.
Yeah Berkeley has done it for a while but lately it's really becoming an issue because IT HURTS. I bite his little nails as short as I can get them but he still manages to scratch me.

This too shall pass??
post #172 of 192
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Originally Posted by shanna-cat View Post


Yeah Berkeley has done it for a while but lately it's really becoming an issue because IT HURTS. I bite his little nails as short as I can get them but he still manages to scratch me.

This too shall pass??

I hope so!!! I should just bite her nails down!!! much easier than trying to track down the 3 pairs of clippers I bought since i keep losing them!

post #173 of 192
I am getting pinched a lot too. Even when I keep his nails short. It hurts! I thought about getting one of those silicone necklaces, but I'm not sure if it will be distracting enough.
post #174 of 192
Ah yes, I can Genevieve "saber claws" pinches a lot. I've started gently smacking hand. It seems to have made an improvement. I only had to do it twice.

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Originally Posted by pokeyAC View Post

I thought about getting one of those silicone necklaces, but I'm not sure if it will be distracting enough.
I bought one hoping it would help but Genevieve wasn't interested. I'm happy to ship mine to you if you want to try it. We don't use ours.
post #175 of 192

Lark was pinching a lot and pretty hard, but stopped this week and now is really into putting his fingers in my mouth. He is also not grabbing onto my hair as much. I wonder if it's developmental. oh and right before the fingers in my mouth, but toward the end of pinching he was grabbing at my face and squeezing it (reaching up grabbing my nose or mouth and just squishing as hard as he could). I'm gonna go ahead and convince myself that the pinching is done and not that it's just a week long break.

post #176 of 192
Quest will sometimes hold my hand instead of squeezing my boobs.
post #177 of 192
Ive got a pincher too! Offering my finger to hold helps a tiny bit but not much. My poor boobs look like a war zone :/
post #178 of 192
For the mamas with pinchers, I hope that your little ones are just going through a phase. My 4 year old was a pincher/twiddler as a baby and still insists on twiddling when she nurses. Most. Annoying thing. Ever.

Ame doesn't pinch while nursing, but she does when she is cranky or tired! My MIL is covered in tiny bruises.
post #179 of 192
ugh my first was a twiddler also, it was difficult to nurse in public because he HAD to be twiddling the other nipple while nursing. And of course that made it leak all over.
I would rather have a pincher!
post #180 of 192


Baby yoga while nursing. Serious multitasking.
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