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post #1 of 663
Thread Starter 
I know there are a few ... just thought it's time to start a thread of our own.

How's bfing going? Pretty well here, but I do have a couple questions/things I'd like to discuss. No, I haven't talked to a LC yet. DS can get lazy with his latch - kinda sucking the nipple in rather than opening really wide and sometimes I have some soreness. Should I work to correct this or what? And are you doing one-sided feeding or switching and offering the second? How do you decide? I was doing one sided esp. since he was vomiting (yes, not just spit-up) once a day or so, but since that's better I am wondering if I should go to two sided at a feeding? I eventually did one sided all the time with DD, but don't remember when that started.

Well, that's a start!
post #2 of 663
Well I was technically due in Aprl but my babe came on May 11...so now I am a May mama.
BFing is going really well. I would definitely try to correct that shallow latch - it could cause you to get sore. DS is a little lazy about it too and we are working on it. As far as what side to use... I offer whatever side feels like its about to explode first. LOL DS nurses a lot less frequently than DD did ..she was a snacker but he goes about 3 hours so I get really full. I generally offer one side, burp/diaper change, then offer the other. Then at the next feeding I start off with the one we didnt start with before. So I just alternate a lot.
post #3 of 663
I am lurking...

BFing is going great! I couldnt ask for a better sucker! He is only 5 days old, but he nurses almost non-stop. He also sleeps so well at night with hardly any fuss. We wake up to feed on a normal schedule, but he is so nice about it. He just gives me a little nudge at my breast and I help him get it in and it's back to sleep for the both of us! I was soooo worried about the lack of sleep issue!
post #4 of 663
Question--how do you correct the not-so-great latch? I am pulling down his lower lip as the MW recommended, but I am still really sore on my left side and I think that this may be the problem. I have been giving only one breast per feeding since I feel like the nipples need a rest. The right side is sore too, but not nearly as bad as the left.

I try to lie down and feed at night, but I can't see how he's latching in the dark and he gets this frantic "bobble head" thing going when he can't get on right away. Breast feeding is harder than I thought it would be!
post #5 of 663
yeah DS gets the bobble head too... lol... I can do it now, but when I first started nursing DD (I didnt nurse DS1) I couldnt nurse laying down for months. I dont know why - we just couldnt get the hang of it.

ANyway as far as opening wide, you can either do the lip tickle thing (which doesnt work for my ds) or when their mouth does open a little you can take the pinky finger of the hand that is holding your breast, and and kind of press down on their chin with it. And if he doesnt open wide enough, dont let him take it..I would always let DD latch on however she could because I felt bad and it was stressful but it ends up being so painful its not worth it.

Edited to add- since it is only on one side that you are having soreness, pay attention to the way you are holding the baby. Sometimes a slight difference in the way you hold makes a big difference in the way their head and body is positioned, and therefore their latch as well. I
post #6 of 663
Thread Starter 
DS bobbles and mouths my nipple, too, at times, priming the milk? I'll work a bit on those techniques. Nips are not too sore, but a bit, esp. if he needs extra sucking time. Oh, I've been doing the boob-feeling too and starting the feeding on the fuller side.
post #7 of 663
Thanks for the tips--you're right...it's not worth it to let DS latch on however he can get it--although at 4 a.m. it sometimes seems like it just might be! I will try the pinky thing--the tickle doesn't work for my DS, either. Best of luck to all!!
post #8 of 663
Hello all May mamas!!! I cant believe were holding our little babies in our arms now!
Things are going very well with dd... I am just so in love with her :
She is very easy and a great sleeper. She usually feeds every 4 hours at night and more often during the day. Her latch on the left side is great but the right is harder for her to get on (nipple might be smaller ).
She is 8 days old today and with each day going by so fast I'm a little sad. Some reason saying shes more then a week old is sad to me... I want her to stay this small for a while. Seeing my 3 1/2yr old ds with her just is too cute but it makes me realize how fast it does go by.
So how is everyone feeling??? My recovery has been great. I didnt tear or rip during delivery so the healing process has been great. Dh has taken all last week off and most of this week so I've just been able to lay around with the new one while he takes care of ds.
Life is just great! As a proud mommy I had to include pictures of dd... sorry couldnt help myself

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...f1/Ashlyn6.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...f1/Ashlyn7.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...f1/Ashlyn8.jpg
post #9 of 663
subbing...i am an april mama technically, but i belong here!
post #10 of 663
Hi fellow May Mamas My DD Cecilia aka Ceci was born on 5/5/07! I look forward to chatting with you all over here!!
post #11 of 663
I'm here (saw your post in our DDC)

Bf'ing is going great, and I'm SO thankful. Bf'ing my [now] toddler early on was horrendous and I was so scared I was going to suffer like that again, but this little guy is giving me no problems at all! Minimal soreness, yay!

For now I usually only use one breast per feeding, just to ensure he gets the hindmilk. After burping he usually falls asleep, but if he needs more I try to offer the same breast, and then offer the other at the next real feeding. Seems to be working just fine.

He likes to cluster feed in the late evenings and then [generally] sleeps for 4+ hours at night (last night it was 7 hours!!! YAY!). I swear I must be the most well-rested mama with a newborn in the land!!!
post #12 of 663
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Originally Posted by QuiteLikeRain View Post
I'm here (saw your post in our DDC)

Bf'ing is going great, and I'm SO thankful. Bf'ing my [now] toddler early on was horrendous and I was so scared I was going to suffer like that again, but this little guy is giving me no problems at all! Minimal soreness, yay!

For now I usually only use one breast per feeding, just to ensure he gets the hindmilk. After burping he usually falls asleep, but if he needs more I try to offer the same breast, and then offer the other at the next real feeding. Seems to be working just fine.

He likes to cluster feed in the late evenings and then [generally] sleeps for 4+ hours at night (last night it was 7 hours!!! YAY!). I swear I must be the most well-rested mama with a newborn in the land!!!
7 hrs You lucky Mama Ceci sleeps 3-4 hrs at a time at night!
post #13 of 663
I'm here too! Though technically I'm an April mama, I was supposed to be a May mama!

BFing is going great after some initial soreness. I usually offer only one side per feeding. Also, for night nursing I am sleeping with a nightlight so I can see how he's latching and he doesn't start to panic and cry when he can't latch on properly in the dark.

I'm super jealous of you mamas getting 3 or 4 (or 7!) hours of sleep at a stretch. DS has no mercy on me. Since he was born he's been up every hours mostly and then he wakes up completely for an hour or two at around 4am. We are actively trying to change this after an absolutely horrific night during which i got NO sleep at all, save for 2 hours at the beginning and 2 hours in the morning thanks to my mom and gran who came to my rescue and took DD (2 years old) and DS away to let me sleep. We've kept him up from 7pm to 10pm the past 2 nights and his sleep has greatly improved (meaning, I got one 3 hour stretch out of him and a couple 2's).

I feel really bad keeping him up though. The first night he did really well and didn't cry, but last night he cried for about 2 hours because he was so tired. It feels like the least AP thing I've ever done, but I also feel desperate and frustrated and if I don't keep him up he'll keep me up and then I can't handle my toddler during the day.

Sigh!
post #14 of 663
Thread Starter 
Ugh, I'm lucky if DS sleeps more than 2.5 hours at a time at night - the night before last he was nursing every 2 hours, so I got several 1.5 hr ish naps thruout the night. WOOHOO! There were many nights the first 2 weeks where I got only 3 -4 hours of very interrupted sleep over a 10 hr span. : Luckily I've been able to get naps most days, but not since last Wed. now. OK, whining off.

I've decided to go back to one-sided feedings ...
post #15 of 663
i was a member of the may ddc (due 5/15), but dd was born 4/24, exactly 3 weeks to the day early!! i knew she would be early (had a feeling), and I KNOW my date of conception was 100% right

dd had a tongue tie and it was clipped by my mw the day after her birth. we had bf'ing problems... my heavy breasts fell out of dd mouth because she did not have a strong latch, she was early, and a lazy eater, i was new at this and had no idea how to fix things . thanks to my mw, who "held my hand", and my boob for the first 2 weeks, we are now bfing champs. i seriously was able to call my mw at 2 in the am, and she would come to me, or i would go to her (we live 5 min. from eachother), and she would take my boob and get dd to latch when i couldn't. i don't know what i would've done if i didn't have that support.

now that nursing is like second nature to us, dd can't get enough of it. she is sleeping for 3-4 hours at night, then wakes up for a meal, but during the day she's seemingly always latched on. it's fine, i love it, and feed from both sides at each feeding, changing her/playing with her before switching sides. she still gets a little lazy and falls asleep, then wakes up and wants to keep nursing, or she just wants to nurse for comfort (she won't pull milk down).

she likes to be held or nursed whenever she's not sleeping (most of the day), and i am tired a lot, but loving motherhood , and getting naps in when i can. i look at her and still can't believe i had a hand in making such a perfect little baby. i wanna go for another baby already!!! realistically, that wont happen for a few years from now, and that's a good thing
post #16 of 663
Hi everyone,

I guess we are members still of May since Maggie was born May 2nd. She is a sweetheart and a mellow baby. Unfortunately my recovery from the c-section was marred with a uterine infection and now Maggie has acid reflux. She has been miserable since Sunday night. I am not sure if its luck or not since my 4 boys had acid reflux from moderate to severe so we knew right away what was going on with her. She is now on zantact twice a day.
post #17 of 663
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Originally Posted by liss_420 View Post
dd had a tongue tie and it was clipped by my mw the day after her birth. we had bf'ing problems... my heavy breasts fell out of dd mouth because she did not have a strong latch, she was early, and a lazy eater, i was new at this and had no idea how to fix things . thanks to my mw, who "held my hand", and my boob for the first 2 weeks, we are now bfing champs. i seriously was able to call my mw at 2 in the am, and she would come to me, or i would go to her (we live 5 min. from eachother), and she would take my boob and get dd to latch when i couldn't. i don't know what i would've done if i didn't have that support.

What an awesome mw. So glad you got the help you needed.
post #18 of 663
I"m signing in here

Callum was born at 38 weeks on May 2nd ( seems like the full moon got a bunch of us )

he was a little guy but is putting on the pounds fast, at 2 weeks old he is a pound over his birth weight

he's kind of a crabby fellow if you put him down and something has happened to my back so I can't use the pouches and ring slings I bought so I"m kind of not getting anything done around here right now but oh well
post #19 of 663
Hey ladies!
So glad we started this thread- I can keep up with one thread at least

Akasha and I are doing great- she nurses very well. At 2 weeks, she has already gained almost 2 pounds! I also feed on 1 side at a time. We are sleeping wonderfully too... she gets up to feed 2-3x a night and it takes a couple hours of cluster feedings before we really settle in for the night, but other than that, we are averaging I would say about 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Thank goodness for the family bed! My heart goes out to you Mamas not getting enough sleep.

We've had a lot of support and I have healed up completely from my little tear. The body is amazing! I feel ready to get back to some kind of routine. I've been taking little small outings these last couple of days to parks... and we've been walking. I am ready for my self-imposed house arrest to be over, but honestly as a 1st time Mama, I feel so vunerable taking her out and about- any tips or suggestions? Using a pouch helps with her of course, but still everything just feels so akward.

How's diapering going?? I have fallen in love with those G-Diapers.. they rock.. you can just flush the liners down the toliet- it's the coolest thing really I still want to try to EC at least some but it seems so hard with these constant bf poops.. I mean she poops almost everytime she's fed, and not all at once so catching it would be difficult. I am just working on learning her cues.

OK sorry for the novel- I guess I really needed to talk. Thanks for starting this thread
post #20 of 663
I'm here too! I've been lurking in here a bit, but hae been mostly sticking to my Tribe and keeping tabs on the May DDC a bit too in my "spare" time (which is sparse!!).

BFing is going well now. We have our issues, but nothing too bad. We're having similar altching issues to some of you. DD will latch properly MOST of the time, but she gets lazy sometimes and basically just lays there letting the milk drip into her mouth. It's somewhat cute, and not painful since she's not sucking, but just a bit strange I guess! Not sure what to do to correct it, or wether or not I should even bother. Any advice? We're also in the one-sided feeding club, but if we diaper after feeding and she's still hungry then I'll offer the other side.
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