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    Cue, when you are sick it makes it feel harder to look after a little one. But your milk will help her if she gets sick too. the antibodies you make will be in your milk and will help bub to fight it off- pretty cool eh?

    Are you feeding 4 hourly? In the early days it can help to feed more often, especially during daylight hours.

    hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles10 View Post
    Cue, when you are sick it makes it feel harder to look after a little one. But your milk will help her if she gets sick too. the antibodies you make will be in your milk and will help bub to fight it off- pretty cool eh?

    Are you feeding 4 hourly? In the early days it can help to feed more often, especially during daylight hours.

    hope you feel better soon.
    It is pretty amazing what BM does for babies. We're feeding about every 3 hours during the day, sometimes a little more/less frequently depending on DD.

    I feel a little better today, a long sleep last night was just what I needed.

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    hello cue, I havent read the whole thread, but I just want to say, dont stop breastfeeding when you are feeling at a low point. It seems to be that those that regret the decision have made the decision when they were under stress. I think you will feel better if you set yourself small goals, like 12 weeks, or 10 weeks, and then see how things are going. Breastfeeding is not as simple as it sounds, for some it comes easy, but others have huge hurdles to get over, and it takes a while to get comfortable with it all. good luck, Im glad you are feeling better now. Marie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGranny View Post
    hello cue, I havent read the whole thread, but I just want to say, dont stop breastfeeding when you are feeling at a low point. It seems to be that those that regret the decision have made the decision when they were under stress. I think you will feel better if you set yourself small goals, like 12 weeks, or 10 weeks, and then see how things are going. Breastfeeding is not as simple as it sounds, for some it comes easy, but others have huge hurdles to get over, and it takes a while to get comfortable with it all. good luck, Im glad you are feeling better now. Marie.
    BF certainly isn't the simple process I was expecting. I feel quite restricted and it's hard to have faith that it'll get better. DD will refuse some of the EBM comp after a feed and I'll get all excited, then at the next one she won't feed well and guzzle the comp. BF just feels pointless sometimes.

    I just put her on and she's already giving up and going to sleep, even though she just had a 2 hr sleep. It's so disheartening.

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    DD fed really well this morning and I could feel the difference - the let downs were stronger and more frequent and it felt like she'd taken a fair bit. She's sleeping it off now! So hopefully today will be a good day.

    I've got my first appointment with a counsellor this afternoon. My GP arranged it as this person specialises in PND. I really need to find a way to look forward and deal with whatever happens with all this feeding drama, including preparing myself for stopping breastfeeding if that's what we need to do.

    Still 5 days to go until DD is weighed again at the clinic, so much is riding on these weigh-ins.
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    very proud of you cue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzys Mummy View Post
    very proud of you cue.
    Thanks!! One of the things the counselor talked about today was focusing on what I have achieved so far, rather than setting myself targets of X weeks. So I'm trying to be proud of the 9 weeks of breastfeeding I've now done and how much benefit I've already given DD in that time.

    I am still working towards at least 12 weeks but won't set any goal beyond that. It'll be day by day to avoid putting too much pressure on myself.

    The counsellor said about 90% of the PND cases she deals with stem from BF issues - the pressure we put on ourselves plus the emotional connection to breastfeeding really take their toll when things don't go to plan.

    I want DD to have the very best, and for me that includes BFing, but it's more important that she's well fed, gaining weight and a happy healthy baby. My mental wellbeing is important in that equation too and if BF doesn't improve soon I don't know that I'll be strong enough to persevere for weeks and months on end. I'm just a little too fragile at the moment.

    Thanks everyone for your support so far, I'll keep updating our progress in case you're interested in how we go. Hanging out for the weigh-in on Monday!!

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    Cue, you're doing an amazing job. What an achievement to have made it through 9 very difficult weeks.

    Please do keep us updated and let us know how the weigh in goes. Try to relax in the meantime and get plenty of rest.

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    Well another day, another challenge! DD fed very poorly today and even refused the breast a couple of times. It was quite upsetting. She was so unsettled because of the poor feeding, which causes poor sleep... Then she had a reflux episode tonight and was screaming. Poor little bub, I wish I could fix it all and make her happy

    We managed to get a decent feed of EBM into her and she's sleeping now. Which is what I should be doing!

    Hopefully it'll all get back on track tomorrow. 3 more days until the weigh-in.

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    Tomorrow is dd's next weigh-in and I am cautiously optimistic. Unfortunately the gain won't be because of BFing but from the extra EBM/formula top ups we've been giving her. At least most have been EBM so that's something.

    DD has a bit of a cold at the moment so has been very sleepy today, but she fed really well and refused most of each top up! I'm hoping that means she's getting more from me, not that her appetite is down because of the cold. She did seem happy though so fingers crossed she had a full tummy.

    So many ups and downs, we have these great days and I get my hopes up...


 

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