DS is 5wks old. I am exclusively breastfeeding but to be completely honest, it's destroying me physically. My back is killing me, DS feeds almost constantly, I'm on Motilium and pumping when I can, he cluster feeds from about 6pm to midnight every night and has now stopped having solid naps during the day. My boobs are aching and I'm exhausted. DS hadn't showed any signs of CMPI (DD had it) but he just did a poo while I was changing him and it was really foamy - now I'm feeling really defeated.
Does it get easier?
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28-08-2014 17:50 #1
When did BF get easier?
28-08-2014 17:54 #2
Firstly congrats on making it this far!
For me breastfeeding got easier around the six month mark....sorry if that puts you off! I'm really glad I persisted though.
Seemed to coincide with dd napping better, able to set a loose routine and spacing feeds, and introducing solids.
I wouldn't be too concerned about the foamy poo if he's showing no other signs, dd had them on the odd occasion but was fine.
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28-08-2014 18:00 #3
Oh jeez 6 months... I don't think I could do this for that long.
28-08-2014 18:00 #4
Oh and your milk will regulate around the 6-12 week mark so hopefully will make pumping easier, boobs less heavy and fingers crossed an end to cluster feeding! And when your ds can support his head it's not as tiresome to hold them on the boob for ages too
Eta: Hang in there it feels like forever but it does pass quickly on reflection xxx
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28-08-2014 18:03 #5
It got easier for me after 8 weeks when my nipple pain subsided. It's so hard early on. You're doing great, maybe just take it day by day and set yourself little goals like 'I'll try to make it to 6 weeks then see how I feel'. This helped me get through it.
28-08-2014 18:05 #6
A good comfy chair with arms at the right height helped me. Back support so you can lean back a bit and if you dont have one a feeding pillow to rest baby on makes a big difference.
28-08-2014 18:07 #7Senior Member
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It took 12wks for both my bubs, first one hasn't weaned and she is 3, second bub is 4mths. Hang in there, its tough at first but so worth it on so many levels
28-08-2014 18:26 #8
For me it was about 2 weeks then all good. Definitely lots of cluster feeding. After about a month I started using a dummy. He is a small boy so I hope my supply didn't have anything to do with that but he always seemed pretty satisfied and I breastfed til he was 15 months. It's been 5 weeks already for you so maybe a dummy would help?
28-08-2014 18:46 #9
We're trying to get him to take a dummy to help with sleeps between feeds, it's hit and miss so far but we'll persist.
I'm lucky that feeding doesn't hurt besides an initial latch pain and the first letdown, it's just that I'm getting achy from feeding so much.
I'm so frustrated an angry that it's so hard for me. After my nightmare feeding experience with DD I was so hoping that it would be easier this time.
28-08-2014 22:35 #10
I had such an awful time BF with DS that I was ready to give up at least once a week early on! (If not daily) I had a baby that couldn't/wouldn't feed (early low birthweight bub/ tongue tie/ lip tie etc) on my worst days I would sit and sob whilst I fed him and the times when he cluster fed I thought I was going to loose my mind. I would set myself mini goals to get to and if I was still having as much trouble I would stop (for my own sanity). I started with 4 weeks. Although there were many times in that first month I was ready to throw in the towel I eventually made it to 4 weeks with the help of a LC. I felt ok enough to set myself the next goal of 6 weeks. And again with the same troubles in the 2 weeks that followed I did make it. (Had tongue and lip tie lasered in this time). I got to 6 weeks and said ok if I make it to 8 I will feel ok with my decision. By the time I got to 8 weeks things were improving. I was almost finished using the nipple shield, feeds were more regular and clock work and I was much more confident. I still set my mini goals and each time I made a goal, if I was ok, I would set another. Ended up BF for 8.5 months...I'm really happy I persevered but I know it's not like that for everyone.
I never thought it would be as hard as it was and may be I was a little naive that I would just be able to do it? It is by far the hardest thing I have EVER done. But do whatever you feel of best for YOU and bub. If you are struggling and not enjoying it, assess what is going on and may be set a realistic goal to reassess and go from there? It certainly helped me get through it, but it did get easier. I hope you start having a better time with feeding, whatever you choose. Good luck x
Last edited by TeamCarts; 28-08-2014 at 22:39.
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