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#1 of 7 Old 03-14-2011, 08:35 PM - Thread Starter
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who is dealing with this...and what are you doing?


just in last few days seems to be really upsetting phoenix. i've read the kelly mom and several other sites...tonight i am going to just try feeding him lying on my back tummy-to-tummy. side lying doesn't help. i block feed but am trying to up the amount on each breast before switching...


what helps you?



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I do all of that plus I let her get those first gulps in and then I pull her off and burp her before continuing.  It was suggested to me by a friend who

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What worked for me was a combo of two things.  I would start sitting up in bed, wait for the tingle, then un-latch ds and let it spray into a cloth dipe for a bit, then re-latch and lay down on my back into pillows that I had set up before beginning to nurse.

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I pull him off at the let down and let it spray into the nursing pad, burp him then put him back on. Also I did block feedings in 4 hour increments for a couple of days (his poop was really green and it seems to be going back to normal now).

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I block feed--at least two feeds to a side before switching. I also burp him frequently and especially at night or when he's been napping hand-express to get the worst of the early letdown before putting him to the breast he hasn't nursed on in a while. 

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When I wasn't tandem nursing, I would block feed and express the let down (tingly sensation) into a prefold.  Just like the other mamas are doing!  Sometimes I would also pump and let her nurse after, but that's because I was pumping for a milk bank anyhow, so getting my supply down wasn't a priority.

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Oh my!  I had NO IDEA that this could cause so many issues for babe!  It could be why he had green poop and has been a grunty guy since birth AND why I am so prone to mastitis.  Not just a clogged duct, as I never feel a big painful lump, but mastitis.  I am starting block feeding (do you suppose two hours per side is good enough for now?).  Also going to try and burp him more and let down into a towel at home.  Here's to hoping these measures, along with taking garlic and lecithin, will help both baby and I.


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