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    Oh congrats Minib! That's so exciting and a healthy weight. Looks like the braxton hicks were the real deal.
    Enjoy those newborn cuddles mumma!!! Now the fun begins x

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    Annerley- good luck with transfer tomorrow. Have they given you a time? I'll be send you lots of positive vibes it's a sticky one x

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    Thanks Riss, I have to be there at 11am for an 11:30 transfer, so excited!!

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    Thanks ladies
    @Annerley I did some thread stalking and it's the same girl
    Good luck for your transfer tomorrow. Sending you vibe for a sticky one

    First night rough one. She won't stop crying since 3 pm. What am I doing wrong? Fed her for a long time and she is happy. Once we put her down she cried and cried. Don't like to hear her upset.

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    I promise you that you aren't doing anything wrong Hun. I was in hospital for 5 nights and I swear that all she did for that entire time was sleep, (try to) feed and cry. Mum still says how she will never forget the look on my hubby's face when he was holding her and she wouldn't stop crying, it was a look of helplessness and despair. My milk took ages to come in (almost a week) and by the last night in hospital she was starving, we did formula top ups but she was so distressed. I remember saying over and over that she just seems so unhappy, we felt so bad that we didn't know how to help. I think it's just a big wide world for them that seems so foreign and all they can do is cry since they can't talk. I know for the first week all we seemed to do was feed, change, feed, swaddle, try and put her down, she'd cry then we'd pick her up and do it all over again until she gave in. We just had no idea what else to do. I found after a week, when we were home from hospital, she started cluster feeding, we also gave her a dummy and she slept. They do cry lots for no reason unfortunately and sometimes there's nothing you can do. It gradually gets less and less and easier and easier. If number 2 comes along, hopefully I'll remember all this. By the way, feeding is such hard work. Please be kind to yourself as that was the hardest part for me but I definitely learnt a lot in hindsight.
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    Congrats @Minib! That's wonderful news. I hope you had a better night last night. Xxx

    Good luck today @Annerley.

    Afm I'm 22 weeks tmw and have a baby bump. We are having a little girl and are over the moon. I have an anterior placenta so only just starting to get kicks. Everything is going well so far, just tired and lots of heartburn😜

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    @Annerley thank you!!! I cried this morning as I was upset to see her cry so much. I gave in and tried a dummy. She loves it! Don't like to use dummy but it seems to do the trick for now. She sleeps better today. We aren't sure how long to try soothing her before giving her dummy. So far after about 5-10 minutes we just gave her the dummy.

    Yeah it's only day 2 and my nipples are sore already. My milk hasn't come yet but hopefully it will in the next few days

    Happy PUPO @Annerley. When is bt? I hope you get a BFP!
    @Chiefsgirl wow 22 weeks already. Enjoy the second half. How exciting for you now you can feel her kick as well. It will get bigger in time and sometimes it hurt lol.
    @Riss78 how much longer have you got?

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    Congrats on news of your little girl @Chiefsgirl it's so exciting that you are over the half way mark!

    Thanks, I am now PUPO

    My BT is on the 15th @Minib so I only have an 8 day wait. Since it's an unmedicated cycle, they apparently like to do it before af would be due. Af would be due on the 16th.

    You sound like me, I cried because she cried in the early days. She just seemed so miserable. I also got sore nipples in the early days and was caking on the Lanisoh but surprisingly once my milk came in, I didn't have any further pain. I got away with that part easily. In the early days, we tried to just use the dummy whenever she was asleep or in the car, which was almost any time she wasn't being fed. She slept through early and I definitely think the dummy helped in our case. We took a dummy to the hospital just in case it was needed but the midwives kept saying not to use it til feeding was established. We only used it that one time in hospital since they didn't approve. I can see why they say that now as she slept so well with it so she was never constantly on the boob therefore I didn't have a huge supply. In saying that, in many ways it was easier to not have her constantly attached and getting plenty of sleep. It's hard case. In the end we preserved with feeding til 4mths when she started refusing to feed as it was too hard work for her to suck for a small supply. We went to full time formula, I was sad to begin with but comforted that she made the decision. I'm probably in the minority where I found bottle feeding a million times easier and more convenient, despite the cleaning and sterilising. On the other hand, I am going to give breast feeding another big go. Next time I'll try and keep bub on more often to encourage the milk and see if that helps. That's the main thing I took away from my experience, however if I get another good sleeper who doesn't want to feed all the time, I won't be complaining either.

    Back to the dummy topic, my DD still has one now but only for naps and bed time. It doesn't bother me too much since she doesn't use it in public, etc but I know we will need to ditch it some day. At this age, she is pretty attached to it and wouldn't understand why I'm taking it away so I'll do the Easter bunny trick next year and might combine it with putting her in her big girl room. I'm happy with the 11-14hrs of sleep it gives me overnight, hehe. She's slept that way every night but 1 for the last 15 months.
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    The formula continues as she's too lazy to suck on my boobs. Catch 22. It's almost like I need to stop bottle completely but then I will starve her. A few times I cut down on the formula and she just kept sucking her hand instead. MHN is coming on Monday so I will ask for some tips. In the meantime my routine is to BF her, top up with express BM, top up with formula then express. This takes 1.5 hour for every feed. And I feed every 3 hours.

    She doesn't know day and night yet. Sleeps so well during the day but at night she's wide awake. I got 1 hour sleep last night. Tired now. I need to teach her day and night. Any tips on how to?

    MHN told me on the phone to BF only and every 1.5 hours. But that's how long it takes me to feed. That means I am feeding 24/7 with no sleep or rest. It's tricky. Doesn't rest or sleep increase milk supply?

    Once we top her up with formula she doesn't even really miss the dummy. Sometimes we use it and she will welcome it but most of the time she sleeps without it.
    @Annerley not long to BT. How are you feeling??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minib View Post
    The formula continues as she's too lazy to suck on my boobs. Catch 22. It's almost like I need to stop bottle completely but then I will starve her. A few times I cut down on the formula and she just kept sucking her hand instead. MHN is coming on Monday so I will ask for some tips. In the meantime my routine is to BF her, top up with express BM, top up with formula then express. This takes 1.5 hour for every feed. And I feed every 3 hours.

    She doesn't know day and night yet. Sleeps so well during the day but at night she's wide awake. I got 1 hour sleep last night. Tired now. I need to teach her day and night. Any tips on how to?

    MHN told me on the phone to BF only and every 1.5 hours. But that's how long it takes me to feed. That means I am feeding 24/7 with no sleep or rest. It's tricky. Doesn't rest or sleep increase milk supply?

    Once we top her up with formula she doesn't even really miss the dummy. Sometimes we use it and she will welcome it but most of the time she sleeps without it.
    @Annerley not long to BT. How are you feeling??
    @Minib breastfeeding is pretty much round the clock when they are little. If you stick at it, they get better at it and by three months feeds don't take much time at all.

    Mix feeding (combining bottle and breast) can lead to nipple confusion because the teat has a different flow. While bubba is so little you'd be better off just breastfeeding and not using the bottle. This will also help the baby establish your supply.

    The early weeks are mostly about curling up somewhere and breastfeeding fairly constantly but it will change later on if you persevere.

    Clear your bed of pillows and blankets and lie down with baby on the boob to get some rest. Have your partner check on you if you're worried about it but it's a great way to combine feeding and rest and will give you better results than all the pumping.

    Babies get a lot more milk out than pumps can so the time spent pumping would be better spent breastfeeding, especially if your milk supply hasn't fully established yet - you need to let the baby have unlimited nipple access it's SO important for getting a good supply. Babies don't need formula at this stage they just need your colostrum which is small in volume but super rich.


 

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