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#1 of 11 Old 03-29-2007, 11:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello!

My lovely daughter is 5 days old today and nursing well. There is some soreness at initial latch on (nothing like the toe-curling pain of 3 days ago), and I'm definitely somewhat engorged, but she is having plenty of wet/dirty diapers, so all is well.

That being said, I have some questions:

Is there really anything wrong with nursing her to sleep? I think it's wonderful.

Is it OK to use a Boppy pillow frequently? I don't want to become dependent on it for nursing. I do nurse her often in my arms, but for night feedings it works well to use the Boppy.

How do you nurse laying down? I simply can't figure it out.

Should I be changing the breast pads more than 2-3 times per day? I use some Lansinoh to keep them from sticking (yeowtch!). I use a combo of disposable pads/reusable cotton pads.

This newbie would greatly appreciate some help from the pros!
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Is there really anything wrong with nursing her to sleep? I think it's wonderful.
It is fine in my opinion.

Is it OK to use a Boppy pillow frequently? I don't want to become dependent on it for nursing. I do nurse her often in my arms, but for night feedings it works well to use the Boppy.
Yes. I used my boppy all the time at home for several months. I don't think you will become dependent on it - it is a tool. Holding a baby in your arms for hours on end will make you very tired and sore.

How do you nurse laying down? I simply can't figure it out.

You will get the hang of it. It took me a couple of weeks. It will also be easier when your baby had good head control.

Should I be changing the breast pads more than 2-3 times per day? I use some Lansinoh to keep them from sticking (yeowtch!). I use a combo of disposable pads/reusable cotton pads.
I'm foggy on this as I only used pads for about 6 weeks. Did you have antibiotics during labor? If so I would change them more often, just in case you have some yeast living in there.

Good luck, mama! Welcome to the new, and IMO the best, chapter of your life!
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I don't think there is anything wrong with nursing you baby to sleep. No matter the age. But 5 days is so tiny!!my dd ( 11 months ) still nurses to sleep sometimes. There is nothing wrong with being a "pacifier" if you don't mind. My boob and my baby were pretty much attached all the time at that age! Also, why don't you want to be dependent on your boppy?? If it helps, i would use it.It can't hurt anything.We used ours whenever we were at home and needed it. If i found myself without, i would use pillows if i could.

Here is a link to a site that has some really good pictures on how to nurse laying down. http://www.mother-2-mother.com/tut-layingdown.htm ( mods i hope that is okay to do )

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Good luck mama! Keep up the good work!
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Is there really anything wrong with nursing her to sleep?
Nope! All of my kids nursed to sleep and they all are normal sleepers now.

Is it OK to use a Boppy pillow frequently?
I have My Breast Friend and I ALWAYS use it. I have large (34H) breasts while nursing and it's really difficult for me to nurse without a pillow of some sort. I only nurse without the nursing pillow or regular pillow once every few months, when there is no other option.
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Oops, forgot the rest. I don't nurse laying down anymore but always nursed that way with my son. I don't think I could describe it very well though.

I've never used breast pads so I'm no help there!
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I think I'd go nuts if I couldn't nurse them to sleep-- how else am I supposed to get newborn twins to sleep? It's the most natural way-- why make things more difficult than they need to be? I never understood why people put themselves through so many gymnastics to get a baby to sleep when the boob does the trick 9 times out of 10 without any fuss at all. Actually most nights I think I fall asleep before the baby does, which is why nursing lying down is so great.

Basically, what I do is to latch the baby on in a cross-cradle hold (opposite hand behind their neck). Then I use my free hand to arrange my pillow, and then slowly slide down on my side, sliding my free hand under the pillow and carefully altering the baby's position as I go down so that he/she winds up lying belly to belly with me, latched on to the boob that's now closer to the bed. It takes practice, and lots of times we'll lose the latch halfway down so you need baby to not be frantically hungry and impatient.

I can latch DS on while already lying down, just by bringing him up onto his side and close to me while I lie on my side, but DD needs me to start sitting up for some reason.

some people might need pillows to support baby/boob/back depending on the size and shape of your breasts and the size of the baby. Myself, I manage without anything okay.

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If the Boppy helps, what's the harm?

And as far as the pads, I'd probably change them more often IF they're getting wet. You don't want to wind up with some kind of infection or irritation from the dampness against your skin, KWIM?

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YAY to you for BFing your new daughter!!!

I am going on 9 months nursing my first, and have yet to figure out nursing while laying down on my side with baby next to me. It puts a horrid kink in my back. Instead, I figured out how to nurse while laying down on my back (with baby draped across my belly, sort of on her side, sort of on her belly) -- not completely flat, but close enough that I can sleep pretty well. Works for baby, works for me. I figure side-laying-nursers must have different shaped boobs than me.

And nursing to sleep is such a wonderful, tender time... enjoy it while you can Making bedtime a power struggle when it could instead be a precious chance to snuggle with your baby and gently settle her into sleeping makes no sense to me. That's a whole 'nother forum though... but I don't think there's anything wrong, and a whole lot of "right" with nursing to sleep.
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the other mamas already answered your questions well but I just wanted to tell you....

it took me 2 months to really get the hang of nursing laying down! (i'm on the small side) but it's really great to learn especially for night nursing

congrats on your new baby, and enjoy breastfeeding! you sound like you are off to a great start.
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Thank you all! I love nursing her to sleep, but I've heard from several sources (including the LC at the hospital) that you shouldn't do it. That's all we've done since she's been born (well, 6 days ago), and it just seems right.

I just keep pulling myself up and nursing her upright at night, trying not to fall asleep, and wishing I could just nurse lying down... I really think she needs a bit more head control first. But we'll get there!
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Is there really anything wrong with nursing her to sleep? No, my daughter is almost 11 months old and still nurses to sleep.

Is it OK to use a Boppy pillow frequently? With my first two, I used the Boppy for the first couple months, but with #3, I used it for a couple days, max. Just depends on your preference, how comfortable you are nursing.

How do you nurse laying down? It really takes practice, with DD#2, it took a good month to figure out, with DD#3, we got the hang of it right away.

Should I be changing the breast pads more than 2-3 times per day? If your using cloth pads, I would change 4-5 times a day, with disposables, whenever they feel wet.

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Congrats momma! And yay for BF!

Just to add to the wisdom:

It always helped me when nursing laying down to use something to prop my breast up so it's level with baby's mouth. My LC recommended a washcloth, folded up to whatever thickness you need. We ended up using flat dipes heh.

To nurse lying down, I lie on my side, baby on her side, breast propped up, and latch on. If her nose is too far into my breast, I bring her legs closer to me. This was my big fear - smothering the baby with my breast. Turns out, they're good at scooting away when they can't breathe too. Smart babes!
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