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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12-02-2014 12:13 #22
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.
12-02-2014 12:15 #23
12-02-2014 12:19 #24
Oh and her attachment has been checked... several times... by several nurses.
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12-02-2014 12:30 #25
Most babies change when they leave hospital 😊
A lot wait til about 3 weeks and change completely.
12-02-2014 12:33 #26
12-02-2014 12:53 #27
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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12-02-2014 12:53 #28
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!!).
12-02-2014 13:19 #29
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.
12-02-2014 13:48 #30
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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