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#51 Mama Kel

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

Try getting through the no sleep phase and having a life of your own....and then getting pregnant again.  OY!

 

it's been hard....but, i wouldn't change it.  Plus, my baby decided to sleep until noon today.  Crazy.  I haven't slept 10 hours in a long time.  I think I'm going to pop with energy.  :lol:

yeah about a year ago I went on a baby craze kick, thinking I wanted more. Glad I smartened up! :lol:



#52 Geminimoon

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

yeah my kids are 6 & almost 8 & I'm STILL tired! :lol: Welcome to parenting <3


:lol: this part of parenting is very hard. But this new mama got her son to breast feed today!

#53 georgi

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:20 AM

Woo hoo!

#54 Wende

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:51 AM

:lol: this part of parenting is very hard. But this new mama got her son to breast feed today!

yay mama!  Persistence.  Enjoy!   <3  It's a wonderful journey.  Woooooohoooo



#55 Wende

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:52 AM

yeah about a year ago I went on a baby craze kick, thinking I wanted more. Glad I smartened up! :lol:

Yea yea, hardy har!   :lol:

 

She is my husband's only bio baby....so, I guess I "had" to.  :lol:



#56 Geminimoon

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

I was so tired last night and still batteling this cold that I gave him a bottle at 4 am. Now it's boob time

#57 Geminimoon

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

So I'm producing milk but can't seem to get breast feeding down.

Baby moon will attach when the lactation specialist are around but not when it's me and him.

I try to wake him up fully but that is hard to do. He will fall asleep instead of eating.

Then after about 20 minutes I give him a bottle of breast milk.

He is so young and so small I'm nervous about not letting him have the bottle.

I'm going to ask the nurse tomorrow. I know they said he will have problems till he is a gestational 40 weeks but he is now 37 and a few days. I would have thought he would like it fresh from the tap. :wink:

Any advice ladies?

#58 Wende

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

Bottles are easier for the baby.  Especially when he's so little.  I know it's hard, but waiting until he's super good and hungry is a good time...But if he doesn't have to work for it, he won't.  And there's the problem with bottles.  But as you said, he's so little and you're nervous.  Gosh if I was you, I'd be giving him bottles too.  But yes, that is the reason he isn't latching....nursing takes more strength and energy from the babe.

 

Oy, tough situation.  I don't have any experience with preemies.  I'm sorry.  <3



#59 Ravn

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

I put a post out to my Mommy group asking if any of them could help you with nursing and preemies

 

I don't have any preemie exp.

 

FWIW, Tegan was born on her EDD, but never latched until she was 5 weeks old because she had a tiny little mouth and I have huge marshmallow nipples.  5 weeks of pumping, but I hung in there and right before her 5th week birthday, she latched.  From that day forth, no pump, no bottles.  She'll be 9 months old next thursday and is still a booby champ!



#60 Geminimoon

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

Thank you. It's a lot to try and feed, then give him the bottle and then pump. After its all done and he is changed and put down its over a hour.

#61 Wende

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

I can only imagine.  You're doing so good.  It's the hardest days..t.he first few weeks are.  Hang in there and I hope someone is able to help you out with this. <3



#62 Mama Kel

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:33 AM

I don't have preemie advice but I do have experience with a lazy eater/sleeping during nursing. I agree w/ Wende to wait until they're really hungry. If this just frustrates him, you could give him a few swigs on the bottle to alleviate the 'starvation' feeling but not enough to satiate. Keep trying, it will happen. The latch/suckle is one of the last to develop, which is why preemies typically have a hard time feeding <3



#63 Ravn

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:30 AM

from a friend:

 

 

Thomas was early (not that early) and the best thing the lactation consult told me was "first feed the baby" by which she meant - take care of his real need to eat (either expressed breast milk or formula) then work on the actually nursing. I had to pump every 4 hours. I never got enough to actually feed him only breast milk, but I would put him on the breast whenever possible (all the time he would try it). We also used a nipple shield, but you still have to pump, pump, pump to keep the supply up. Then, as he got older and more awake we were able to gradually wean to only breast. He was exclusivlely nursing by around 4 weeks (when we was gestational 40 weeks). He still still nursing to this day (almost 3 years old). Feed the baby though got me to worry less about his survival needs (by meeting them) and more about how to get the nursing happening. I hope this helps. And I hated pumping, but kept at it because it was either that or exclusive formula, which I didn't want.



#64 Geminimoon

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:32 AM

Thank you

#65 Geminimoon

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

Getting ready to go see the nurse and lactation consultant today. Going to try and work out some details.

#66 Ravn

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

http://www.nbci.ca/i...ation&Itemid=17

 

 

 

http://www.breastfee...eastfeeding.htm

 

 

links a friend sent,,,,:heart:



#67 Geminimoon

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

My son is now a healthy 6lbs 1 1/2 oz. so we are moving forward with operation breast fed baby. :wink:

I am going to start cutting down every other bottle by an ounce. That way he is very hungry when he is done and will work harder on the breast.

I am going to take away one bottle at a time forcing him only to the breast slowly.

I also used a nipple shield today to help baby moon transition from bottle nipple to my nipple a little easier.

He is a gestational 37 and half and hoping by gestational 40 on February 9 he will be on the breast and I'm off the pump!

#68 Wende

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:22 PM

Yay!  Sounds like an awesome plan! Good luck mama!  :) <3



#69 Geminimoon

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

He is nursing this morning. The nipple shield is great

#70 TEO

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:47 PM

Yay!



#71 Wende

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

If you keep at it the way you are....it WILL become second nature to him and you both.  :)  ANd it's FREE and the bestest thing ever for him.  :)



#72 Mama Kel

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:10 AM

:clapping:



#73 Geminimoon

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

I haven't tried the over night feedings yet. I figure ill get the day feedings down pat and then start to include them.

#74 Mama Kel

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

sounds like a good plan. Glad to hear it's starting to go well!!



#75 Geminimoon

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:41 PM

Had a set back today.... because of being sick I did not breast feed him but once.

 

I think baby moon and I are both a little under the weather



#76 TEO

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:48 AM

Hope you are both feeling sunny swiftly.



#77 Mama Kel

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Feel better <3



#78 georgi

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

Feel better!



#79 Geminimoon

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

I can't seem to shake the infection I picked up from the hospital. On a different note, baby moonis breast feeding but only with a nipple shield. When I take it off he will not take the breast

#80 Geminimoon

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

So due to being sick and giving baby moon bottle feedings yesterday he had a fit trying to breast feed today.

Looks like I get to start all over again.

#81 Geminimoon

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

Last few days he has been on the breast all day. I still need the the shields but its going well. He nurses for 45 minutes on the average. And then I still have to pump some. Anyone else have similar experiences?

#82 Mama Kel

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Cate was a voraceous (sp?) eater & nursed for 20 minutes, got a lot & then slept for 4 hours. It was ridiculous! I could pump 4 oz in 10 minutes with a hand pump with that kid!!

 

Jess was a dick around eater. I was a human pacifier to that child. Nibble, nibble, sleep - all friggin day! But she also had colic & reflux & I was her soothing agent. She refused to take an artificial nipple so pumping was pointless. But even if i tried I couldn't pump much.

 

Just when you think you've got it figured out they grow, have a spurt in development & it all changes. Hang in there. Sounds like a huge improvement over just a week ago!! :bliss:



#83 Geminimoon

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

It is getting better. I'm very happy for that. :smile: The nipple shields are still an issue but I hope that he will stop using them soon

#84 Wende

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:00 PM

He will.  Keep it up mama, you are rockin it!!!



#85 Geminimoon

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:07 PM

How long does everyone's little ones nurse for?

Do they fall asleep every time?

Do they even get to the second breast?

I am not sure why Baby moon always falls asleep, never finishes a breast and tends to nurse for 30-60 minutes.
Am I going this all wrong?

#86 Geminimoon

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:09 PM

Oh! And I no longer need the breast shields.

He is taking the nipples now with very little problems. :smile:

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:58 PM

How long does everyone's little ones nurse for?

Do they fall asleep every time?

Do they even get to the second breast?

I am not sure why Baby moon always falls asleep, never finishes a breast and tends to nurse for 30-60 minutes.
Am I going this all wrong?

 

 

There is no "wrong" or "right".

Every mother and every baby is different.

If he's healthy and gaining weight, I don't think you need to worry about anything.  

You can always switch breasts at 10 or 15 minutes, if you like.

It sounds like you both are doing quite well, and just have the typical first time mommy worries.   :heart:



#88 Ravn

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

this is one of my favorite sites for breastfeeding questions

 

http://kellymom.com/



#89 Geminimoon

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:42 PM

Thank you both.

Having you guys is making this a little less stressful. :heart:

#90 Wende

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:29 PM

Yea, I would switch breasts at the 15 minute mark.  Keeping your breasts even?  And YAY to your success.  You are seriously doing so good.  <3



#91 Geminimoon

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

I've started to switch the breast and pump for 5 minutes when I'm done.

I also discovered the super relaxed lazy yet restful laying down and feeding position.

#92 Wende

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

I only nursed my last baby laying down.  I was a stay at home mom and it was the only way my back didn't throb.  If I had to, I could nurse sitting up....but I rarely had to.  Our scheduling always put us home and in bed. 

 

We watched seasons 1-8 of Little House on the Prarie through out the year of nursing.  :lol:

 

No hands needed.  It's wonderful.  We often fell asleep this way.



#93 Geminimoon

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:41 PM

I fell asleep with him that way yesterday and loved it! :lol:



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

He had a very bad day yesterday in which he cried all day. :bang:

I held him all day to try and calm him but as a result of doing that my breast stayed full to the point where he could not nurse because I was spraying the entire time.

I had to bottle feed him most of the day. Even when I pumped to relieve I would fill back up in a matter of minutes. :sad:

Is this common?

#95 Wende

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

Baby crying triggers your milk.

 

Hope today is a better day mama.



#96 Geminimoon

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:00 AM

Today was ok. The nights are hard :sad: I don't like to see him upset

#97 Geminimoon

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:50 AM

I just dropped and wasted 6 oz of milk. :sad:

I've been so stressed I haven't been producing as much.

#98 georgi

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:28 PM

Ugh I did that once.  I cried.  I knocked it over on the damn counter when I was trying to put the cover on it!!! 

 

Hang in there. :heart:

 

There is a lactation tea...Organic Mother's Milk.  I drank it.  It helped a little.  Some people take fenugreek, too.

 

http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B0009Y8AGI



#99 Geminimoon

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

 

There is a lactation tea...Organic Mother's Milk.  I drank it.  It helped a little.  Some people take fenugreek, too.

I have been doing the fenugreek... it helps some.

 

Started the tea today, its ok but hell I will do anything for my little man.



#100 Ravn

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:23 PM

you do know that the amount you pump is not indicative of the amount you are making, right?

 

I **SUCK** at pumping.  suck, suck, suck.  I can get 1.5 to 2oz out of each breast every 3 hours.

 

However, when I have a baby nursing, it goes and goes and goes.  Karys had nothing but breastmilk until she was 9 months old, and she was about 19lbs by then (started out at 8#5)

 

their little mouths strip the breast much more efficiently than any pump, even the ultra nifty hospital grade ones.