Your second point- I have enough milk for a room full of babies and my bub STILL does that. It's normal newborn behaviour and both bf and ff babies will do that. Babies sleep lightly as deep sleep is a SIDS risk. It's a survival mechanism.
Working out how much milk bub is getting is based on output. If bub is pooping once in TEN days. And had 5-6 wet nappies a day plus isn't losing weight then its all good. Milk supply is sufficient.
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23-10-2015 17:14 #11
23-10-2015 18:00 #12
reading threads like this brings on anxiety for me. I have no idea how I'm going to BF (or even want to really) when it sounds this intense.
23-10-2015 18:06 #13
23-10-2015 18:12 #14
23-10-2015 18:13 #15
the not fluffing around with bottles and sterilizing stuff is a huge plus.
I really don't know how long I'd want to BF for. like anything over 12 months just seems like ages. dunno, maybe I'm too selfish and/or mothering instincts haven't kicked in yet. I have 4 months to decide I guess 😂
I've always assumed I would/should BF but who knows. I'd feel awful if I didn't but I guess you need to take it as it comes.
cluster feeds sound like a nightmare. I don't want to feel like I will become this milk factory whose boobs are at the mercy of a fussy baby. I'm probably going to be a horrid mummy and feel like a failure just typing that 😢
23-10-2015 18:16 #16
I hear you!
I friggin struggled to BF at the start. Milk didn't come in until day 6 ish and it was awful. I also had no idea if I was making enough milk. Bub wanted feeding all the time and when I tried to pump I got hardly anything. However bub had heaps of wet and dirty nappies so I just tried not to worry and went with the flow. Occasionally I topped up with formula, mainly because it was taking ages to feed, my nipples were killing me and I needed a break for my own sanity. Things just gradually got better and by the time bub was 6-8 weeks old everything had settled down and was fine.
My advice would to be keep trying unless your at breaking point. Breast milk may be great for babies but a happy mother is more important.
23-10-2015 18:17 #17
The majority of women and babies who take to bf find it relatively easy after the initial few days. Remember that if bf was hard for the majority of women, the human race would have ended eons ago.
For me, actual bf was easy. The difficulty was more from society putting false expectations on a bf baby by comparing them to charts of ff babies or sleep patterns of ff babies. When I stopped caring what people thought I started to love it and I still love it. This is my third child I'm nursing and the start of my fifth year of breastfeeding.
23-10-2015 18:23 #18
Cluster feeding does have it positives - it's a great reason to sit on the couch, eat and watch TV.
I hope there are people IRL who are supporting you at the moment. You're doing a great job.
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23-10-2015 18:28 #19
23-10-2015 19:24 #20
I only managed 3 months with our first. I had so many problems and pain and was dreading feeding again. But second time around was an amazing experience and fed till 13 months. I cried when she stopped feeding, I really enjoyed it that much.
Don't think about it too much, u may be one of those mums who pops bubs on the boob and away u go. Even if the first 6 weeks or so are tough ( usually how long it takes to properly establish breastfeeding) after that its soooo much easier than formula feeding. And free 😊
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