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#1 of 11 Old 01-16-2009, 04:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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DD just turned 1 year old, and we are still nursing. wow.

Since she was born we have survived
  • 2 breast cancer biopsies
  • thrush--twice
  • mastitis--twice
  • 1 inverted and 1 flat nipple
  • a breast that the hopsital LC and MW's thought was so odd that it would never be nursable but both sides are totally functional now with normal supply
  • plugged ducts
  • tongue tie that was not diagnosed for 4 months and then was clipped improperly by a resident and was finally corrected under general anesthesia at 8mo
  • a birth injury that was not diagnosed for months and continues to hinder proper sucking
  • dysphoric milk ejection reflex
  • nipples that have been chronically swollen for months from the trauma of a bad latch

Every time I nurse DD it hurts. We are still using nipple shields, although Dd wishes we were not...it feels so much nicer to her to not have that nasty plastic in her mouth. Poor baby The pain and trauma to my nipples is out of control, though, without the help of the shields. The pain level is manageable with the nipple shields.

She still nurses every 30 to 90 minutes, around the clock. I passionately hope to CLW. I hope that we can keep going--I know we can one day at a time. She has never had even a drop of formula--yeah!

I really wish that I could experience, just for a day, what it is like to bf with no nipple shield and no pain and no dysphoric milk ejection reflex. Wow. That would be an amazing experience.

Is there anybody else out there who has successfully continued nipple shield use into toddlerhood? Do you have any tips and tricks for doing that?

Thanks for reading.
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Just wanted to let you know that you are a super hero! I hope you will one day achieve nursing bliss. What a wonderful gift for your babe!
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Congratulations!!: Sorry that it hasn't been easy on you and that you have gone through so much
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: Hi tree-huger!!! You've made it through so much! Did your D-MER self correct finally? :
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congrats mama. you've been through a lot and deserve some props!!
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you are an amazing mama for working so hard and through so much difficulty to give your baby this gift!

way to go! I hope when you look into your LO's eyes as she nurses you can hear her heart saying, "Thank you, Mommy!"

Dedicated Mamas like you are what make this world beautiful! I can't say enough how proud I am of you...and I don't even know you!

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good job mama!

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thanks everyone!
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: Hi tree-huger!!! You've made it through so much! Did your D-MER self correct finally? :
nope--I still have it

funny thing about it is that it is worse when I am otherwise under stress, such as scurrying around to get dinner ready or worrying about an interpersonal situation or running late for something
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nope--I still have it

funny thing about it is that it is worse when I am otherwise under stress, such as scurrying around to get dinner ready or worrying about an interpersonal situation or running late for something

Yup, that characteristic of it. It's kind of the idea of no matter how low you are it's gonna take you lower. So if you feel good, D-MER makes you feel bad. If you already feel bad, D-MER makes you feel like crap.

Sorry you are still dealing. Mine started self correcting around 16 months of age. I still have a shadow of it, but we are well on our way to normal. Hang in there!
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Congrats mama! You should be so proud of yourself!!!

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