We've been having some troubles, Quinn lost 12% of his body weight so we've had to supplement with formula and pump to get him to gain weight, plus use a nipple shield to get him to latch properly. It's been hard to have to supplement and feel like I'm not providing enough to feed him properly, but I'm focusing on the fact he's getting what he needs, and still having a lot of breastmilk.
I hope you can stop supplementing soon. Have you tried posting in the breastfeeding forum for advice?
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I think I may need some help. I never got any sleep again last night. He is comfort nursing. I was up until 4:30 AM because everytime I'd put him down so I could go to sleep he'd wake up and want to nurse again. I cannot keep doing this. I have a 22 month old that needs me during the day and me running on no sleep is NOT good. He sleeps perfectly wonderfully during the day but the minute night time hits its a whole different ballgame.
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DD is back up to her birth weight today after losing 5% at 1d pp, so I'm trilled!
Megan-39, Postpartum Doula, DW to Sacha-40 (18 years together) and Mama to Finn Alexander born 4/2/07 and Zivia Littlewood born 8/23/10
I am not sure how I feel about using shields all the time, and I hope that eventually we will be able to get rid of them but I suppose it's better than pumping, and or dealing with her screetching. Her latch still isn't great and I have to pull her bottom lip down a lot, and she has a major problem with gumming me instead of sucking but we are getting there. We will get it.
I did try to give her one bottle of formula when she was jaundiced pretty bad and nursing wasn't going well, but she wouldn't take it, and I am glad she didn't.
What is working the best for facilitating tandem nursing is the tiny baby lays across the Boppy in the cradle position and older daughter comes up and sits next to me, facing me, and then she leans her head over onto tiny baby's legs. It's been awesome so far.
My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
She chokes because I have a strong let down and my right nipple is seriously sore, but I think it's getting better. We have a ton of wet/dirty diapers, so I think I'm doing okay.
I am startign to wonder if I should pump too, she's nursing every 2-3 hours max, sometimes more, and I am still leaking through breast pads doubled up in an hour or less. I have to put a doubled prefold over the breast she's not drinking from while she's nursing. My breast pads are 1 layer of fleece 2 layers of flannel, and wearing 2 of them in each bra cup isnt' enough my shirts are still soaked... pumping would relieve some of that I would think, but then what am I gonna do with that milk, I know I can freeze it, but I never leave my kids till they are at least 3 years old.... any recs for a better breast pad? should I going sposie? will they hold more?
I, too, leak everywhere. Sigh. The cotton pads only last an hour or so. The wool ones last a few hours, but I'm still going through multiple pairs daily. Ah well. At least I'm not dealing with wet clothing at work. (yet)
any tips on giving her the pumped milk after nursing? dd tends to fall asleep at the breast and if she is awakened wants nothing more than more sucking. i'm having a hard time getting the pumped stuff into her. she's not at birthweight either
We've tried an eyedropper, and a small sippy cup. Most of it ends up on her clothes or ours.
Tricky! Any tips appreciated!!
With the soreness - all I keep reading is that it is all about the latch. You (me, anyone else) have got to persevere in getting the latch right. ARgh. Also tricky on top of soreness. One thing that sometimes works for me is apply a hot flannel or hot water bottle to the sore breast, then doing that first painful latch, and re-latching after a minute, then again, until it is all more comfortable.
I've also read a bit about aiming the nipple at the baby's nose, seemingly to make them open wide (have also read to aim at bottom lip! so much contradictory advice out there) - but I find if I do either, things are much sorer, nipple cracking and/or areola bruising afterwards.
It has improved a little tiny bit when I started using my index finger to hold her chin down (hence making her open wider) and aiming the nipple in the middle of the gaping hole of mouth.
Not forgetting that it is best to bring the baby's head forcefully to the breast, and not the other way around is the way to go too. (Hard to do right if in pain though.)
The other thing I've read is not to try and latch whilst baby is screaming or not calm. Haven't mastered the art of calming her down first at all. Sounds easy...but so isn't!
But I sympathise. Two weeks in and we're still having problems, pain really gets in the way of feeding, it's very unfortunate - if anyone has any further advice it would be much appreciated!
This is WAY harder than I thought it would be. I actually like the breastfeeding itself - but HATE the sore nipples and huge, leaking boobs. I can't put anything against my nipples because they hurt when I do that. I think his latch may be wrong, but I'm always so happy that he's finally LATCHED that I can't bring myself to tear him away (it also hurts to do that!)
I don't know whether the pain will go away, or if I need to go see the lactation consultant. I'm only 4 days into this whole breastfeeding thing - I hope it gets easier!!