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Old May 28th, 2013, 12:45 PM   11
CupcakeBaby
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I've only ever done one breast per feed. Very occasionally I offer a second.

And if she gets hungry between big feeds I'll put her back to the breast she last fed on.

I don't think I have oversupply as my boobs are empty feeling after a feed and stay that was pretty much until its their time again.



 
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Old May 28th, 2013, 18:51 PM   12
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Congrats on making it to a month! That's a huge achievement and you should be very proud. I'm also struggling but in the past day or two bfing is finally becoming less painful. Take it one day at a time and try to hang in there. It will get easier



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 06:55 AM   13
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Great job making a month! I know some moms will be horrified by my thoughts, but bear with me okay? My LO had reflux too. Went stiff, arched away from breast and screamed bloody murder every single time. I mentioned it to our ped repeatedly until she finally prescribed reflux meds. (That's the part other moms may freak about) I had used gripe water and gas drops, made diet changes etc, but nothing conclusively helped. The first 2 weeks her belly wasn't used to the ranitidine, and I'd have to give her gas drops n gripe water after bc she'd scream, but it was worth the patience. Reflux meds were a life saver, and she did wean off of them around 6 to 8 months. I remember at one point wondering why I put her on them (after reading horrid posts on here and all the negative opinions), but then we lost her meds at his mom's house and was without them for a week, and she refluxed so bad she had trouble breathing and was choking when it happened. So then we got her new script and stayed on it until she started purees. Our doctor advocated weaning off (as did we), so there was no fight andshe came off just fine in time, but not before her little body was ready. So if reflux is a big issue every single time, please don't be afraid to look into it responsibly. Most doctors (here, anyway) will hesitate to medicate a baby unless necessary, and will start with a low dose and work up if needed. Anyway, it saved my girl's experience. She went back to happy booby monster after the meds, andstill is after being off. You'll have good insticts about her needs, so whatever they are, don't be intimidated about accommodating them. You're doing great, and it does get easier!



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:10 AM   14
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You're almost through the hardest part! I keep hearing it gets way better by 6-8 weeks. We just get through day by day, you aren't alone. They don't really prepare you for how hard bf is, I'd give birth ten times over bf it's so hard! But you can do it!!!



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:24 AM   15
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Congrats for making it so far! I remember at one month feeling so discouraged because I had read everywhere that it took about 1 month for breastfeeding to get better, and it really wasn't for me. My nipples were painful and tender and it hurt (a lot!) when my baby latched. Well, it did slowly get better. I don't think there was ever anything 'wrong' with my latch, just my body needed to adjust to breastfeeding. One thing that did end up helping, was that I stopped trying to 'position' the baby and I just let him latch on in whatever way was comfortable for him (this ended up being more comfortable for me too). I also bought these wool breastpads that really, really helped with the discomfort between feedings. They were kind of expensive but really worth it for me (http://danishwool.com/shop/)

My son is turning 1 year old on June 10th and I'm still EBF. It's really been great. Now I have no pain and it's so much easier to go out because I always have a meal ready for him. I'm really glad I stuck with it, even when it was so tough and I would just dread every feeding.

Good luck!!



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 13:24 PM   16
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ignore the rude comment above.

I had trouble and struggled at the beginning and latch was painful for me until about 5/6 weeks when finally it all seemed to fall into place. I saw a lactation consultant and that helped alot.

Also, definitely get little one checked for tongue or lip tie!

Youre doing so great and you really are past the hardest part. Also, breastfeeding releases hormones that will actually help combat moments when you are feeling low. xoxoxoxo

hang in there mama!



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 13:29 PM   17
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Thanks ladies.

3 feeds today she's started screaming after 10 minutes or so and won't stop for ages. poor thing.

Last night we gave her EBM in a bottle and she drank so much better, burped better and slept so much more comfortably.

It's hard feeling like my boobs are making her suffer.



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 14:45 PM   18
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Thanks ladies.

3 feeds today she's started screaming after 10 minutes or so and won't stop for ages. poor thing.

Last night we gave her EBM in a bottle and she drank so much better, burped better and slept so much more comfortably.

It's hard feeling like my boobs are making her suffer.
I also have OALD!

Now... I am NOT trying to discourage you, but it was hard for me really for the first 3 months. She had a bad latch (we still fight about this as she's quite stubborn) and would choke on the crazy fast flow. Add silent reflux to that and it's a recipe for disaster!

Things are still tough at times, but she'll be 4 months old next Thursday and we're still going strong!

I will say though, that the first 8 weeks were the worst. Things didn't start getting much easier for me until after that. It was a learning curve for both of us.

Your OALD WILL calm down, and as they get bigger, they can handle it better too. She handles it like a pro now.

Trust me, I've been there. If you go through my threads, I think I have said that I'm giving up a few times... and I also complained a lot!!

Be patient with yourself, because you're doing great!




 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 15:10 PM   19
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Huge well done for making it to 1 month!! I promise the hardest part is over although I do agree to seek help to check LOs latch I remember reading that after 6 weeks it gets easier, but for me it was probably around 8 weeks.

I have OALD, especially from my right boob. Poor Charlotte used to choke every few sucks, which made me terrified to feed in public if she was due a right boob feed as it was such a spectacle (she has only ever taken one boob at a time unless a growth spurt).

I then introduced a nipple shield for right boob feeds which helped stem the flow. I know they are not for everyone but they really saved my bf relationship. I only used it between weeks 5 to 8. Now LO has learnt to deal with the flow/or it has slowed down a bit, either way i absolutely LOVE breastfeeding her now. It's such a special time, and I'm so happy I can write this as I never thought I would get here. In fact I planned to only BF until 4 months, but now I'm going to keep on until she decides she doesn't want it anymore. Keep going hun, I promise it does get easier xxx



 
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Old May 29th, 2013, 15:21 PM   20
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Oh ladies I love you all so much for your comments. Thank you for giving me hope.

I'm lucky as my MIL has just arrived and she's going to be here for the next 2 days so I won't be home alone while DH is at work. And she fed 3 babies - DH until he was over a year so I know she'll be able to help a bit. She's very supportive and has also said that the OALD will sort itself out and we'll get there.

I know that's the truth but when your baby's screaming at you sometimes it's hard to see how things will ever improve.

I know it will though. And I can do this. My princess is worth it.

Good news is I collect over an ounce each feed from the boob I'm not nursing on (use a little cup shield thing) so I can really help supplement my pumping stash (I only pump when she's having a bottle as I don't want to up my supply)

I'm not overly happy about giving her a bottle this early, but it's helping my sanity and my nipples and her tummy so I will continue to do so. Although only at night. I can cope in the day but get overwhelmed once I'm tired.



 
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