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So, I chose Other
I ep'ed for 10 weeks before she latched. In the meantime, I had mastitis 3 times, thrush for 6 weeks, and reynaud's phenomenon.
once she latched, It took another month for my nipples to heal, and then we had 4 months of peaceful nursing. Peaceful being semi normal, not fighting me, but still not easy.
As almost 7 months, I got a severe sinus infection b/c of my allergies. I took 2 zyrtec after researching. IT was not supposed to effect supply. It did mine. I can look back and see the signs now, but at the time we thought it was teething. I ended up getting the flu at 10 1/2 months, and my already low supply pretty much tanked. We kept nursing but were supplementing with organic whole milk to help her regain weight. We kept nursing to 12 1;2 months, at which time she would suck very hard to try to get milk, and I was in pain. After all that we had gone through, I did not have any figth left. We weaned at 12 1/2 months.
Thankfully, I am one who likes to learn from what we have gone through. With the next one I am goign to do things totally different, starting with a healthier pregnancy and homebirth.
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I am happy to say that I am still nursing DS at 13 months. We could never take him off the supplements and had to start solids a lot earlier than I had intended. We still have to go for weight checks every 6 weeks because he's still not gaining weight very steadily.
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The second time I had trouble was with one of my twins, who was low birthweight, had a weak suck, bad jaundice, and who lost far too much weight (about 20% of birthweight). She needed help learning to suck efficiently and help staying awake long enough to fill her tummy, and I needed help maintaining supply while she learned. Then she got hooked on the SNS and needed to wean from that.
DS latched beautifully, has always nursed like a champ, and has had no problems except just recently a case of thrush, which is really not turning out to be a big deal for us since he's not bothered by it and I have no symptoms. Hopefully we'll have no trouble treating it and it will be gone soon.
my son, after c/sec, nursed fine, I had discomfort so I had his short frenulum clipped and problem solved.
Second baby, nursing was second nature to me but my baby was under six lb and barely could get his mouth around my nipple he was so tiny. Had to wake him to nurse. My milk came in by the beginning of the third day but by then was getting hassled about my tiny babe losing too much weight & being jaundiced... fought back, dodged the formula and by day 5 he was gaining nearly 2oz a day.
Skip forward to about 6 weeks, just when things were supposed to be getting smoother, thrush hit us.. took two courses of diflucan to kick it.
Months later, frenectomy for tongue tie just bad enough to be a chronic problem.
After all that, ds2 nursed until he self-weaned at 3.5.
Hmmm.. I wonder if we're really a representative sample, because maybe a lot of people come here who wanted advice, or worked really hard to be successful, so have an extra stake in promoting bf'ing education? Anyhow, I think it's weird (& unfortunate) that so many women have had troubles - I mean, we're all mammals here, we are here as a species through generations of successful lactation. Anyhow, I voted yes, although a combination of flat nipples & a slightly early DD w/a teeny little mouth made for nipple scabs by day 4 - but w/ample use of lansinoh, a little more attention paid to her latch, & a lot of wandering around the house w/an unbuttoned shirt, by 1/2 way through the 2nd week, all was great, & we never had any other problems. Two teeth by 6 months, she nipped me once a week after they came through, never again (up to 8 teeth now). I did have to start supplementing w/formula by month 8 (due to my current pregnancy, & a supply drop in the 2nd tri.), but DD is still nursing at a year old, & I'm 31 weeks along, so we should make it to tandeming.
I dont think its weird so many have troubles. With the medical professionals treating childbirth as a disease and all the unecessary interventions during the actual labor. I find it indicates that proper mother baby instincts are slowly stripped of us and replaced with loads of books by "experts" telling us our instincts are wrong. Therefore the natural instinct to put crying baby to the breast is also regarded as "spoiling" and such. They tell us to put the baby to the breast evey two hours at least. If you nurse, change the diaper and burp the baby.... the baby is just wanting to comfort suckle, so a pacifier is given..... Then everyone wonders why supply is low in sooo many women. Mammals have survived for so long based on instinct and observation and experience. That has been removed from industrialized societies that believe we now are smarter and can do everything better with improved technology.
Couple that with all the misinformation given to new mothers and the fact that a large portion of the population grows up seeing nothing but bottles as
the method of infant feeding and I think it is quite understandable why so many american women have troubles bfing.
ill just hop of my soapbox now.
I had horrible soreness with blisters and bleeding for the first 2 weeks (once I saw the lc and we figured out she was curling her bottom lip we were able to fix it) with dd. Plus, she randomly forcefully vomited for about a month--I believe she had mild reflux. But other than that it's been very natural and easy. So far, no infections or anything.
With ds (my 1st dc) there was definitely a learning curve. It took me a while to get comfortable with bfing and he had a really strong latch. I was sore on and off for a whole year. I can totally tell the difference with dd--she doesn't suck nearly as hard as ds did. I did get blocked milk ducts a few times while nursing ds, but they never developed into anything more serious.
With ds it was ridiculously easy. He latched on soon after birth and it was smooth sailing. We are 10 months in with no sign of stoppping anytime soon.
With ds i didnt have a single thing he latched on within 15 minutes of birth and never looked back. Not even slightly sore nips with him.
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My milk came in on day 5, and I gave him 2 bottles of formula in the days prior to that. He lost a pound in the first week, but our pediatrician never suggested supplementing. We had thrush at about 3 weeks old, but it easily cleared up (with funny pictures of a purple baby ), and I was expecting it, because I had a broad spectrum antibiotic in labor. He bit me once when his first tooth came in, but never again.
It has actually been really, really easy. And, as I didn't prepare for anything else, I'm really glad.