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    I'm not a big dummy supporter but if it gives you some respite and bub some comfort go for it! Have you tried lansinoh cream and those gel pads you freeze then put down your bra? They both helped me to get through the dark early days with breastfeeding.

    From 4 weeks hubby gave bub a big evening bottle (10pmish) of expressed milk. It gave me a break and I think it helped to fill bub up and hence sleep better.

    Good luck breastfeeding can suck in the early days (it pi$$ed me off that none of the classes mentioned that!). Bottom line do whatever you have to do. Xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebirdgirl View Post
    Not if you start out demand feeding, it's pretty impossible to go back.
    I have friends who won't demand feed from birth.
    As for me I do, like you, to a point of ridiculous lol
    I've had two of my 5 be on the breast every hour almost around the clock for the first 6 weeks.
    You really are being the very best mum in my eyes!
    I didn't. She was happily on a 3 hourly routine in hospital but changed that as soon as she got home.



    I offer her a dummy as soon as she switches from feeding to just comfort sucking and to space her out between feeds but it rarely works. I'll keep offering it though.

    I don't like to bedshare, but I tried that last night and she took the opportunity to spend the whole night attached, neither of us got much sleep and I now have bruises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitrusRain View Post
    I'm another premmie mum and I completely understand what you're going through. I promise it doesn't last. Normally she might not even be born yet. She's still needing that constant attachment. I found just after my boys' due dates they really started to space out the feeds to 3hrly. It was like they "woke up" and the world was so interesting that they didn't need booby as much and would settle with a cuddle.

    You are doing so amazingly well. You have come so far and worked so hard to keep breastfeeding. Take it one day at a time. It does and will get easier. Huge hugs.
    I really hope that's the case
    She's becoming much more alert over the past few days, so hopefully we'll get that change soon!

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    Oh and her attachment has been checked... several times... by several nurses.

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    Most babies change when they leave hospital 😊
    A lot wait til about 3 weeks and change completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitrusRain View Post
    She sounds just like my little boobie monster. He'd be attached all day if he could!

    Have you checked for tongue and upper lip ties? My LCs at the hospital always said my boys' attachment was fine but they both had undiagnosed tongue and lip ties (still have them although they've been diagnosed now). It was missed in all those weeks of special care. I only found out about DS1 (who is nearly 3) 5 months ago when a friend noticed DS2 had one.

    The only thing I can think of apart from that is to snuggle her up in a hug a bub or the like with a dummy for a bit of relief. As I said earlier though, they do change around their due date and it gets easier from that point.
    I don't know if it's been checked, I'll ask at her next appointment. Wouldn't I have had trouble feeding her though? Sorry, I don't know much about tongue ties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    I don't like to bedshare, but I tried that last night and she took the opportunity to spend the whole night attached, neither of us got much sleep and I now have bruises.
    That sounds just like us when I attempted bedsharing with DD in the early days! She's 6 now and if she ends up in bed cos of a bad dream she still jolly well claws at my face and digs her knees into my back! Some kids just don't make good bed companions!!

    My DS's posterior tongue tie was also missed by the midwives. His attachment looked good but my nipples were really flat/mis-shaped after feeds. He was also feeding well on the whole, it was just me that was struggling.

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    I haven't read all the replies but I had a perma feeding baby so I feel your pain. The things that kept me sane were:

    - bedsharing and learning to feed lying down. I could watch TV, read a book!
    - having lots of interesting things on DVDs to watch.
    - my oldest child was 3.5 at the time. I would take them all for a little walk in the morning to get fresh air and exercise. I woudl also make his lunch and snacks in the morning so I could just dole them out quickly when needed.

    An average feed with DD took 4 hours. I woudl then read in here about someone complaining that their baby took an hour to feed and just want to cry and shout! (I know it's all relative.)

    I remember the first time DD came off the boob and she wouldn't go back on and I was thinking FFS! Just feed would you?! Let's get this thing over with!! It took me a moment but it was the first time in her life she was awake and didn't want to be fed. I could have cried with joy at that moment.

    Use this place to whinge or cry or if you just need a cheer squad (which I think most new BF mummies do!!).

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    I really sympathise. My 5 mth old (23 weeks) literally feeds 1.5-2hrly in the day. She will not go down without a feed, and since her wake time is about 1.5-2hrs, that's all the gap I get. Then she cat naps 30-45 mins and it all starts again. I can pat/rock/sing for an hour and she won't sleep despite showing tired signs, so I've resigned myself to feeding to sleep and using my phone to check twitter/BH/email during this time. I'm also one of the unlucky ones who still has daily breastfeeding pain for 5 months. All that's keeping me going is the convenience of not having to prepare a bottle. I have no issue with using formula, I'm just too lazy.

    Sometimes she teases me with a wonderful 6hr stretch at night, but not usually - last night she was up midnight, 2, 4, and I brought her into bed at 7 so I could have an hour and a half more. Each time I have to feed to avoid a cry-a-thon. She was taking a paci well, now for about a month she clamps down if I try and give her the paci and cries for boob. It's so draining and sore. No useful advice here, just sympathy. Make whatever decision you think is best.

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    At about 6 weeks I introduced a bottle of formula before bed and it was the best thing I ever did. He would then do a 4 hour block and it was enough to get me through the rest of the night if I went down when he did. Formula aint all bad... I loved it and ditched the boob at 4 months.


 

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