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Old Dec 2nd, 2010, 18:08 PM   1
babyjiva
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help i'm a human pacifier


Please please please help me.

here's my situation. i love breastfeeding. my little girl is gaining weight so nicely, we were blessed with no nipple problems, i have an overabundant milk supply (which is annoying but at least nothing to worry about) etc.

however, my big disappointment with breastfeeding (making me not want to do it anymore) is that MY NIPPLES ARE ALL MY BABY WANTS. I feel like a human pacifier. Every time she cries she starts rooting and half the time I know she's not hungry. If she's tired, she wants my nipple. If she's been put down for too long, she wants my nipple, if she's upset about a diaper change...wants my nipple. It's driving me nuts. I can barely leave her with my husband nowadays because it's the only thing that soothes her and yes we've dried pacifiers.

what am i supposed to do? all day long i've got a boob hanging out my shirt and I feel like a bum with milk leaking all over me and my breasts always showing and i'm tired of having to nurse her in this position and then she's stuck on me and when i try to move her sleeping body, she wakes and wants more NIPPLE. argh!

please tell me how to get her over this. she's taking comfort suckling to a new extreme. the thing is, she screams bloody murder if I don't give in.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 06:02 AM   2
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It's completely normal for the first 6-8 weeks hun. Things should start looking up soon. Hang in there.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 06:06 AM   3
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I dont want to worry you but my little man is still doing this. I hope someone is able to offer some advice as I feel the same way you do.

On the other hand, if I am not there and I leave him with OH and some EBM, he is fine.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 07:47 AM   4
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I dont want to worry you but my little man is still doing this. I hope someone is able to offer some advice as I feel the same way you do.

On the other hand, if I am not there and I leave him with OH and some EBM, he is fine.
Ditto! My LO loves my boobies, she naps on them, but i do let her, some people wouldn't, but if i put her down to nap she wakes within about 10 mins!

Likewise i can leave her with my OH and she's fine, we don't use bottles but she can go a couple of hrs between feeds and now she's starting solids he can give her some food and water which she enjoys. Boobies are for comfort and sleep a lot of the time in house!



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 08:23 AM   5
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Mine is the same - tbh it's the only way I can get him to sleep so I don't do anything about it....terrified it will lead to bad habits in the future though.....



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 08:46 AM   6
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Mine is the same - tbh it's the only way I can get him to sleep so I don't do anything about it....terrified it will lead to bad habits in the future though.....
there's an awful lot of social pressure that makes us think this.... if YOU feel you are doing the right thing for YOU & YOUR BABY, then you probably are



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 09:12 AM   7
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Charlie is the same way, all he wants is boob, wont take a soother or a bottle :s if hes mad, tired, etc etc he wants to sit there with boob. Sometimes he just puts it in his mouth and sits there staring at me lol



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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 09:28 AM   8
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For Anna it took about 10 weeks to stop being obsessed with my nipples, for Mary it was about 20 weeks... It DOES get better, we simply have to endure the first few weeks. I know it's hard, but i guess that every single mother had to go through it.



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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 10:37 AM   9
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i feel the same... as soon as i pick finn up he starts rootin for my nipple... if he's fussin for any reason - poppin him on my nipple makes him a happy chappy.
but he can go for upto 3 hours between feeds if someone else is holdin him - in a way its great that he can differentiate me from everyone else nd knows i'm his mum nd the provider of the milk... but at the same time... sometimes i wish i could get a cuddle off him without him wantin my nipple first.
i'm also sick of the 'jus hang in there' advice (no disrespect to anyone) because what if u really can't? its makin me feel like i'm failin my son for even contemplatin formula... in fact i'm gettin really depressed nd feelin an overwhelmin pressure to breastfeed - even if ultimately its not the best thing for us.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 16:10 PM   10
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I think I spent the first 3-4 months easily in front of the TV or snuggled up in bed either sleeping or reading because of the constant boob obsession. They do eventually grow out of it but is highly frustrating that you can't move after feeding them to sleep without waking them, so I just used to read a book while laying down if needed.

I used to put Daphne in her sling or baby carry and walk her around the house as an alternative, the movement and closeness made a good substitute and if you want to get fitter could always try walking up/down the stairs



 
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