He who eats a lot is gorgeous MG! ...sorry you've been having such a tough time of it, but glad to hear you are on your way to sorting it out! "...I know dummies are unpopular, but they also give your nips a break if bubs just wants to comfort suck. I started using one on day 1, and I'm sure it helped save my nipples...
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06-03-2014 07:37 #191
06-03-2014 07:46 #192
...sorry, it's 4am... Reply continued!
we had Patrick in our bed at first too (not the original plan, but just how it worked out), then right next to me in the bassinet, and now in his cot (still in our room)...
i have never ever had a regular three hour feed thing going... But he usually feeds around that... Usually he feeds, looks around a bit, maybe sits in his bouncer for a while, then sleeps until the next feed. I just watch him, and when he starts to get a little grizzly, I wrap him and put him down. At night I feed him in the dark (or with minimal light), I don't talk to him, try not to engage, only change him if he's pooped, and put him straight back down to sleep.
Not sure if that has made much sense...will look at this again in the morning!
06-03-2014 08:18 #193
Morning MG your bubba is gorgeous. Unfortunately I cannot give advice re: breastfeeding but I can agree with what pilbara said about the dummy. Henry was comfort sucking, not hungry and with the dummy he was able to settle much easier. Love it! I figure if it gives him comfort I am a fan.
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06-03-2014 09:29 #194
MusicalGal I feel for you...I've been dealing with similar issues. Bub has a tongue tie that wasn't picked up straight away, so I tried and tried to keep feeding him every hour when he asked and ended up with a lot of nipple damage and mastitis so bad I couldn't even express, and he wasn't gaining weight anyway. It's been so stressful. :s Now we have a diagnosis and a treatment plan I'm hoping things will improve. Currently on EBM and formula, and he will cry for food every 3 hours (i.e. 6am, 9am, 12pm...) He doesn't always want to sleep between feeds though!
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06-03-2014 10:10 #195
Hugs to you little sunflowers..,have been wondering how you are going...
has your little one had his tongue tie snipped?
06-03-2014 12:34 #196Shake n bake!!!!
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Just bought an express pump!
Hopefully it will help deflate the enormous girls!! Lol
how do I help William pass his wind??? Is that what colic is??
06-03-2014 19:57 #197
Yes, I think that's what colic is. You can lay them on their backs and sort of rotate their legs up out and around (like frog kick), and you can try something like 'infants friend' (we found that one helpful) or 'infacol'...
06-03-2014 20:37 #198
MG I can relate to you to some extent as I'm really struggling with the BF. I can't get my little one to latch and have had to revert to using a nipple shield which has really upset me as it's not how I imagined it to be but has been an absolute life saver!
However he does seem to do the 3 hours feeds which is good but still having unsettled periods throughout the day and at night (last night was from 9pm-1:30am) but I think that's pretty normal? He feeds for about half hour and then becomes sleepy, I give him one side then change him and offer him the second side which seems to work for us. I also burp him in between sides. He is a very chucky baby so not sure if that's normal? Sometimes he chucks 3 times in one feed!
As for having the hubby around, I certainly couldn't do this on my own and take my hat off to any single parents out there!
I guess we have to keep telling ourselves that it does get better. Which sometimes can be hard to imagine when your baby has been crying for hours and not sleeping 😁
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06-03-2014 20:41 #199
Littlesunflowers are you getting it snipped? My niece has a tongue tie however she saw a specialist at a week old and had it snipped and she started latching on and feeding fine straight away! It was a very quick and simple procedure.
06-03-2014 23:20 #200
I've been expressing and mix feeding any top ups with 30mls formula but now that my milk has come in better we only need formula every now and then. I've been on blessed thistle to increase my supply and it seems to be working, for one side anyway. My leftie is still a slow producer and Jack often falls asleep on it. I've been bottle feeding ebm to give my nipples a rest during the day, expressing every 3hrs to encourage supply and the amounts have been increasing, so the strategy is working. My nipples can just about stand the 2 or 3 night feeds. He's been wanting feeds every 2 or 3 hrs day and night. The length of sleeps depends how much milk he has. We get longer out of formula but large quantities of ebm do well too. Its all alot of trial and error, but it sounds like we're all onto quite a similar pattern.
KD -Don't beat yourself up about the nipple shield. I got one out of desperation too but it didn't offer much relief, could still feel the sting in the blisters thru it. Whatever works I say. At least your still able to bf. There's nothing wrong with feeding your baby, even if that means satisfying the poor little hungry tike with formula. Better than a starving crying sleepless baby I say! Whatever works.
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