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post #41 of 54
Im sorry, Brisco. Mine quit nursing completely at the end of her 3rd month. (she never nursed well) I have been EPing since. You are trying so hard. I feel for you. You are doing your best. Pumping doesn't seem to be going so great for you. I am sorry. If you feel you aren't emptying, you will loose your supply. Sometimes I have pump resistance. What works for me is a super hot shower, and then hand expressing. It is time consuming, and I have carpel tunnel so it hurts my hands, but it gets my breasts mostly emptied. Try to hand express a few times a day after pumping so that you don't loose your supply. Check out the EPers tribe for some great tips on pumping. Pumping is still an option, if you can't get him back to the breast. I am so sorry.
post #42 of 54
Thread Starter 
Thank you.

I think I'm getting fairly empty. It's just so hard finding the time to pump with an extremely active 9 mo old getting into everything.
post #43 of 54
ds went on a nursing strike at about 3 mos or so and we were helped by getting ds adjusted by a chiro and offering the breast when ds was sleepy.

s.... don't give up s
post #44 of 54
Originally Posted by coobabysmom
ds went on a nursing strike at about 3 mos or so and we were helped by getting ds adjusted by a chiro
That's an interesting idea!
post #45 of 54
Checking in for an update...
post #46 of 54
Thread Starter 
We're still getting nowhere. He's been sick all week with a fever and total grumpiness. The doc says virus.

We've finally got things sorted out to cosleep again. I'm hoping that helps.

He definitely prefers EBM to formula, but I'm still not pumping enough to give him just EBM. Lack of sleep this week hasn't helped my supply at all.

Thanks for asking.
post #47 of 54
Sure! Get well soon!

Do you feel like co-sleeping gives you the feeling of closeness with him that you don't get through bfing now?
post #48 of 54
Thread Starter 
Well, so far it's just giving me a tiny bit more sleep. We're both still adjusting to sleeping next to each other again. We're both movers in our sleep.

He's decided nighttime is for milk/formula and daytime is really for solids now. So he's waking about 4-5 times a night (on a good night) for a little feed. That's easy enough with nursing, but a total pain with formula. I can't really just leave it sitting around all night, and I can't give him a couple of ounces here and there from a single bottle. I'm just too worried about it. So we end up with a couple of trips down to the kitchen every night now too.

I'm going to try and get some more sleep over the next few days, getting to bed earlier, and then try to sneak up on him and see if he'll nurse in his sleep once he's more settled in our bed.
post #49 of 54
I'm sorry this has been so difficult... I hope things eventually turn around for you!
post #50 of 54
I would absolutely positively take him to a chiropractor! Find a gentle one who works with kids and likes kids, and just see what happens. Whenever someone talks about their baby rejecting a certain way of being held, and of rejecting plain old being held, along with not wanting to nurse, I think "upper cervical vertebral subluxation!!!"

Yeah, I'm chiro, though a retired one.

Take him in, seriously. I think you wrote that you're in the UK, so you might have good luck with a traditional osteopath (I note the difference b/c osteopaths in the states are basically MDs who maybe learned a little manipulation, while the ones outside the states still practice as osteopaths, and so they might be a better choice than a chiro when you're overseas, but a chiro is the best bet while in the States) over a chiro.

Also, find someone (might even be the same person!) who does Cranio Sacral Therapy. In the States it might be a chiro, though the person that did it on DS (his first bodywork) was a massage therapist with extra training. It is absolutely AMAZING work. I watched his head change shape over that day, his latch got better over the course of that day, and a borderline molly-diagnosed tongue tie disappeared over a short amount of time.

So do those two things, please, before giving up, OK? If it works, you will be so happy you tried. If it doesn't work, well, I'm philosophical about it so I know that he'll be better off anyway, but honestly, I'd bet on it working.

Good luck!!!!!!
post #51 of 54
It also might be interesting to see a homeopath (lucky woman, in the UK where they abound) or get a really good homeopathy book, and see if his set of symptoms match anything. So, rather than the "shotgun effect" (blast away and see what happens) of the Hyland's, you might hone in on one remedy that could help whatever is ailing him.
post #52 of 54
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ideas. I'll try looking into those.

It's been about a month now, so I'm not sure anything would help. I would love to get him back on the breast though, especially in the middle of the night.
post #53 of 54
taking him to a chiro definitely could help.
my daughter never went on a strike, but she did seem to have trouble nursing a couple of times. but after her adjustments, she always nursed better. once she nursed for 20 minutes before we even left his office!

adjustments can help with so many things. my dd is almost 3 years old and has been getting adjusted since she was 2 days old.
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