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  • @llli*nicole.vp's Avatar
    October 8th, 2014, 11:25 AM
    Ok so this is the first time I've been on here to post anything so it's all new to me. My hubbys shift just changed from working 3-11pm to 11pm-7am and its taking its toll on me, my 5 month old little boy has decided he wants to constantly eat at night so I'm not getting much sleep on top of it being hard to sleep without hubby, and then I have to get up early with our 8 year old to get him ready for school and our 2.5 year old won't let me go back to sleep after I get my oldest out the door. I'm ready to quit breastfeeding, I don't want to but sometimes I could just scream at how annoying my baby is being, maybe I'm the only one like this idk. I feel like I can't get anything done during the day, I've tried wearing baby we have an ergo and he gets mad cause he wants to see stuff, just like when he eats now he won't sit still he's always looking at something. I'm at this what do I do point, am I not making enough so he wants to eat more or can he sense that I'm stressed, since I feel like hubby's shift makes him help me less with stuff around the house and kids. I really wish they would let him go back on days but they won't. Idk maybe I'm just rambling on about nothing. I will note though that at 5 months old baby on weighs 13lbs 5oz and he was born at 7lbs 4oz and after he had come home from the hospital he had lost 1/2lb so they had us give formula and breastmilk for a week to get his weight up which it did some.
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  • @llli*jm.mom's Avatar
    September 30th, 2014, 05:49 PM
    Hi Ladies. I was wondering what your take is on pacifiers. Do you use them? Do they result in early weaning? Nursing has been fine and I'm ok with comfort nursing but do get sore. Sometimes my love is fine after some comfort and others he wants to nurse for hours. I guess my question is, is a pacifier ok in between? If so, do you recommend a specific one? Thanks in advance for your help. I always read posts but don't always get to respond
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  • @llli*terriquitecontrary's Avatar
    October 1st, 2014, 06:58 AM
    So, I just took my 12 month old for her 1 year check up with a new doctor yesterday. He asked about her sleep habits and I said she wakes up 2 or 3 times a night to nurse. He said that we needed to stop doing that and that I needed to start teaching her to go back to sleep and self soothe. And he said at this age we are going to start reinforcing her behavior and she will learn that if she wakes up and cries, I will come and get her out of the crib. I told him that I don't like listening to my child cry and that there is research indicating that infants who are left to cry themselves to sleep have more problems with anxiety, etc in the long term. I honestly think I know my daughter best and that there is NOTHING in the world wrong with responding to her cries at this age. If she were 4 or 5 years old and waking up this often, I could understand the concern, but it seems like her sleep habits are within the range of normal. I'm just curious what others think. Obviously, I would eventually like her to start sleeping through the night, but it doesn't seem like it's time to start with the "tough love" yet.
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  • @llli*shaysmommy's Avatar
    October 9th, 2014, 05:00 PM
    Hi all... My son goes for his 4 month well visit tomorrow. He was 7 lbs 12 oz at birth (born two weeks early by emergency csection) At his 2 month visit he weighed 14 lbs 9 oz. We weighed him at home and he is around 23 lbs. Is this normal for an EBF baby? He's already wearing size 9-12 months. I love my little chunk and unless my pediatrician tells me other wise tomorrow, he is perfectly happy and healthy. I just constantly get comments on his size and sometimes it makes me worry. I feed on demand, which is normally every 2 1/2 to 3 hours ( with the excepting of 6 pm to 8 pm... He just recently started being very fussy at this time and only wanting to nurse) and he even does a 4-5 hour stretch at night. He does comfort nurse and won't take a pacifier. I don't think I over feed him, but that's the impression I get from people when they see how big he is. I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance that he's not the only 23 lb 4 month old!!! :)
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    October 22nd, 2014, 11:36 AM
    Let me first begin by saying that I am so happy that we have made it this far with our breastfeeding relationship! We had lots of struggles in the beginning with terrible latch, tongue-tie issues, crazy supply fluctuations, refusal to take a bottle for a long while (at the babysitter), etc, etc, but we managed and as of now my baby is still nursing a few times a day/night. My problem is this: Throughout my breastfeeding duration, my libido has been very, very low. Normally I'm blessed with a high desire almost all the time and this made me happy. Now, though, while I'm nursing I often feel stressed out about not being in the mood... Only on very rare occasions have I felt a spark. My doctor assured me that I am normal and this is totally normal for a nursing mother. It's the body's natural way of preventing fertility and all that, which I understand. However, breastfeeding is still touted as the #1 way of nourishing one's baby in a physical and emotional way. And when they discuss breastfeeding and all its amazing benefits, they rarely mention this downside, which is affecting me in a great way. But how does one reconcile that with the drawback of a very low libido? If this is a common enough problem, how does everyone do it? Do they just take an intimacy vacation for as long as they are breastfeeding... even 2-3 years? Does it get better if one is only nursing 1-2 times a day? As of now my son nurses a few times by day (small, snacky feedings) and 3 decent...
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  • @llli*vf's Avatar
    October 10th, 2014, 07:50 PM
    Thank you for your posts! I am also struggling with this problem for the past 5 weeks. My son is now 4 months and a week and he is having streaks of bright red blood in his stool for the past 5 weeks. I am on a very strict diet for the past 27 days, but the amount of blood is either the same or sometimes even more :( He sometimes cries a lot after I breastfeed him. I am currently breastfeeding exclusively, but for the first three months I gave him formula quite often as I was sometimes running out of milk. At the end of three months he started by having army green stools with mucus and sometimes bubbles of air. He is very often gassy. I asked my ped what could be the reason and she gave me the same old story diary allergy. I eliminated all dairy along with all other well-known allergens and that is when the bloody streaks started to show us. At first there were dots of bright red blood here and there/not is every stool/not every day. But three weeks ago I started seeing streaks, sometimes more sometimes less. There would be days when the stools are quite normal, mustard colored. At first he was gaining 50 grams/per day, but when the problem started he was gaining about 5-10 grams/day. He is now 67 cm and weighs 7,900 kg. Today I breastfed him and after about 15 minutes he started crying very hard. He cried for about 30 minutes and then calmed a little bit. In about one hour he passed a stool that cut my breathing and made my legs feel like made of cotton. I am on a very...
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  • @llli*mummypsychologist's Avatar
    September 25th, 2014, 04:28 PM
    Hi all, my question is about how many feeds a 9 month old needs if they are also having some solids? My baby is a good eater and seems to eat almost any food he is offered, and doesn't appear to be concerned by any new tastes. I think one of the only things he doesn't really like is cucumber. Anyway, he is quite capable of eating 3 solid meals a day and I haven't had him weighed at the doctors recently, but a few weeks ago i think he was 24lbs which makes him fairly heavy on the percentiles. My question is - if he is eating 3 solid meals, how many feeds / how much milk does he need? I am currently giving him a morning and night time feed every day. Some days he might have a day time feed as well but not always or consistently. I feel 2 feeds a day is too little but then he eats solids so well and is quite heavy so i'm not sure about increasing his food intake. Should I decrease the solids and increase the milk? Or, offer more milk despite him eating all those solids? Or, just leave as is - or any other advice appreciated!
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    September 26th, 2014, 09:14 AM
    My pediatrician ordered me to pump 4 oz per bottle for my 4+ months old baby for daycare. But usually I only get 3.5 to 3.75 oz per bottle on average. She said I should supplement with formula if I cannot get 4 oz, but I don't want to because baby is happy and sleeps well at night. Her excuse is that baby dropped from 50th percentile to 25th percentile in weight and head circumference (but maintained her 75th percentile in length) during her 4-month check-up. But then again, my husband and I are both on the small side. That is, at 4 months, baby girl was 13 lbs 2.5 oz, 40 cm head circumference, and 25 inches long. I read about ways to increase supply, like fennel supplement, oatmeal, etc -- but are there real scientific studies to support this? Or is it just a waste of energy and money? I also read about reverse cycling -- is it true; do all babies do that? What should I do?
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  • @llli*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 03:41 PM
    Hello. I have expensive a decrease in pumping output for about 2 weeks now. I went bac to work and was pumping about 8-9 ounces in 2 sessions. I am gone for 9 hours total. I felt comfortable leaving that amount with her. Them about 2 weeks ago my output started dropping to where I could only pump 4-6 ounces in the 2 sessions. I asked for help - and tried the power nursing weekend, increasing to 4 pumping sessions/day, lactation cookies, making sure I either feed her or pump through the night at least once, changing about membranes and tubing, and imaging pumping sessions to 20-30 minutes each time. I still am now only able to pump 8-9 ounces in all 4 sessions combined - 2 weeks later. So my question is, did I let my supply get too low and now I will never get it back? Or is there something else I can do? The problem is that there are many days where she would rather have another 3 ounces - and I have no reserve, so what she gets is what I pump. I am feeling defeated and like I can't keep up.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    September 30th, 2014, 04:59 PM
    I know that BM is adequate enough to hydrate babies, but I am wondering if while my baby is eating some solids now should I be introducing water, with her meal? I read sometimes the mention of babies with sippy cups but I would rather not use one until she is primarily eating solids. I haven't been giving a drink, and wasn't planning on it, and probably wont be til she's a yr. she is nine months now. Also, I prefer to just give BM to cover dairy and water 'needs' (I know BM is all a baby needs right now anyway) and with solids just have her experiment with fruits veggies and meat or fish. Is that ok?
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    October 17th, 2014, 12:29 PM
    I pump into Medela bottles that came with the pump. Then at night, I transfer milk from those bottles to the Avent bottles for daycare. During the transfer, especially in the first pumped bottle which was in the fridge the longest (~10-12 hrs at that point), milk fat has floated to the top and some would stubbornly stick to bottle's wall no matter how much I shake it. I can't warm it up, so that precious calories just get washed away. I'm just wondering if there are any tips to avoid wasting it.
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  • @llli*sailorscout27's Avatar
    October 11th, 2014, 11:40 AM
    my baby is 18 weeks and ped said he can have cereal twice a day. I always nurse him a whole side first, then some cereal and then let him finish on the other side to top off. now he nurses 7 -8 times a day as opposed to 9-10 times and he seems to be waiting in between feeds. I am leaking more. will my body adjust to his new schedule? will my supply go down?
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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 10:05 AM
    This is a call for desperate help to all you Moms that have or are still breastfeeding their toddlers. Im sorry its a very long post, details are important. I'd like to know from you how your kid was nursing around 7-8-9-10mo age (the time when they start crawling, standing walking etc that gets them distracted even from nursing.) Did your LO start nursing less and less/more and more during this time frame? How often were they nursing everyday, and how long did each nursing session last, nursing single side/both sides? How much solids were you giving to them and how did that impact their nursing habits? What did you do to make sure you were able to nurse your LO for a longer period of time? My now 9.5mo boy has been ebf and started solids since 5.5mo. I've had this passionate desire to nurse my LO for a long duration (at least up to 18 months.) He was doing fine first few months (although due to sore nipples I had to use a nipple shield for 4months.). LO has been very distractible since around 4-5 mo and that's when he started a latch on latch off game that Id hoped would improve with time. Things have been very hard since then. Around 6-7 months time frame he changed a lot - from having a regular 3hourly nursing he went to nursing only while naps and MOTN. I realized that that's how its gonna be and accepted it because at least he was nursing. He was on solids only once a day until around a month ago when he started solids twice a day. This past month and a half he...
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  • @llli*jazztpt's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 04:11 PM
    We're trying to figure out what is going on with our otherwise healthy & happy 4-week-old son. At less than one week, our pediatrician told us he was worried about his weight and that we should supplement with formula after breastfeeding. We did so reluctantly (and at first only at night), and this trend has continued so that now after breastfeeding he often cries for food. It seems that I am not able to create enough milk for him, so I'm taking fenugreek, blessed thistle, moringa, and might start a drug called domperidone (recommend by LCs in our area). What we're trying to understand is what is going on with breastfeeding and why our son falls asleep so quickly at the breast. (And hopefully what we can do about it.) He will often either wriggle as if frustrated or fall asleep about 5 minutes in. Then he either screams for food or sleeps for five minutes and then screams for food. Our son has an incredibly strong suck and a small mouth, and breastfeeding has been extremely painful for me until a few days ago. Perhaps the pain prevented my milk from letting down? I pump after almost every feeding (to try to build my supply), so I know that he is not draining the breast. Will he grow out of this? What can we do?
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  • @llli*melora's Avatar
    September 28th, 2014, 04:54 AM
    My daughter is 5 months. Uptil now she was exclusively breastfed on demand (lately it has been 7-8 feeds per day). She gained weight like crazy from birth till end of August: birth weight - 7lb (3.3kg), and at 4 months she weighed over 18 lb (8.5kg). The problem is: she practically stopped gaining weight since the beginning of September. During the past 4.5 weeks she gained maybe 8oz (0.2kg) She is a very big girl obviously, but our doctor said she still should be gaining weight - at least 1lb per month. And thus, our pediatrician said we have to get her started on solids. I am a bit reluctant, since I wanted to EBF her until 6 months, according to the WHO recommendation. Has any of you had a similar issue? What would you recommend? Am I doing something wrong?:-(
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  • @llli*liscal's Avatar
    October 6th, 2014, 01:48 PM
    Hi Newbie here... My LO is 9 months old and has pretty much dropped all his milk (breast) feeds. He may have 1 or 2 very small feeds morning and/or afternoon, or some days not at all. The last few days, he hasn't had anything more than a couple of sucks before bed. He still wakes at around 3am and has a decent feed, but that's it. He's doing really well with his solids and eats plenty throughout the day, I'm just worried about him getting dehydrated (I offer water at lunch but he doesn't really touch it) and about our breastfeeding time getting cut prematurely short. Can anyone offer any advice or words of comfort? He has cows milk in his cereal in the morning and usually has at least one yoghurt or fromage frais daily. I'm not sure whether I should boost his dairy intake, or whether that will only make him want even less breastmilk... basically, I'm confused about what the best thing is for him. If anyone has any experience of something similar, I'd love to hear it. :huh Thanks!
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  • @llli*miran's Avatar
    October 7th, 2014, 06:44 AM
    Our daughter is 7 weeks and we've been mostly pumping though I still have hopes of primarily nursing. (Initially late milk production and low supply, then high palate despite excess supply, then flow preference, now low supply due to plugged ducts, and also now on antibiotics for a possible "subclinical" infection causing the repeated plugs...) We're still comfort nursing and alternating between breast/bottle when possible, but I have nowhere near enough supply to keep her happy. We had some milk frozen from my brief period of oversupply, so she's been fed nothing but breastmilk for the last 6 weeks, but we're running out quickly. Tonight was dad's second try at "night shift", and this morning is my first day back to work, part-time. I woke up overnight to pump and found that he had fed her the regular 4 oz bottle at 10pm and the next 4 oz bottle at midnight. She still wanted more. Usually these would have gone at roughly 11pm and 3am. She's obviously in a growth spurt based on everything else, but I've got two concerns: 1) Is feeding too much at one time from bottles going to literally stretch out her stomach? She's done better at nursing lately, but I'm only pumping a max of 3.5-4 at a single session, and that's with a great deal of compression/massage. Sidenote: We're using Kiinde bottles which at least force her to try to get the milk out a bit - they don't "drip" milk out at all without some effort. It still seems easier than getting milk out of me...
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    September 27th, 2014, 08:27 AM
    Hi. My now almost 11 m.o. is gaining well, etc. She's eating more solids & during the day nursing far less. So, that all seems normal. But I also know that this is the prime age for distracted nursing & don't want her to wean early just because she's distracted/on-strike. The past several days she has been reluctant to nurse except for in to and out of sleep. Is this a mini-nursing strike? Or maybe this is just normal reduction in breast-feeding because of her solids? If it's the former I'll keep offering and offering and offering (& taking time out to try to get to a quiet dark room...but this is a hassle...) and pumping when she doesn't nurse. If it's the latter, I'll let it go. What do you think? ETA: we're down to maybe seven or eight feeds a day from probably 12 to 14. So she is still breast-feeding quite a bit, but also quite a bit less.
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  • @llli*anxiousmom's Avatar
    September 28th, 2014, 10:49 PM
    Hello, my daughter is just a few days shy of 4 weeks old and has in the past 3 days started to nurse for 2-4 hours almost continuously once a day. And up until the past few days I've been able to pump 6-7 3 oz bottles a day, now I'm pumping that once a day. My husband has been relieving me to sleep 5-6 hours a night and feeding her the expressed milk but starting tonight we are gonna have to use formula because I can't keep up with her demand. I really didn't want to use formula and I don't know why it feels like a failure to me that I can't pump adequately anymore but it does. Also when my husband relieves me she almost always wants a bottle even if she just stopped feeding minutes before. I'm drinking at least 5 bottles of water a day and eating 3 meals plus a snack. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I feel like my supply has decreased drastically.
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  • @llli*denise111484's Avatar
    October 8th, 2014, 03:56 PM
    Hi everyone, Has anybody experienced slow weight gain in a newborn even if they gave proper output? My 7 week old has 6+ wet diapers and 3-5 dirty everyday. He was born at 7.13 but was 7lb at first dr appt. on sep 5 he was 8lb and now 4 1/2 weeks later is 8.12. I am being advised by some to supplement, and some (my ped) say its not necessary yet. Im confused. Uf you have input i would greatly appreciate because i thouht if the output was there then he should be ok. Also i bought a scale last week and according to that he lost an 1.5 oz. i did battle clogged ducts all last week though. Thanks in advance!!
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  • @llli*ciantarah's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 09:05 PM
    Hi there, I am beyond frustrated right now. This is going to be a really long post and I apologize. There are just so many things happening as far as feeding my LO is concerned, and I don't know how to sort them out. My LO is 7 weeks old tomorrow. The good news is that she seems quite healthy and happy and has been gaining really, really well. Her doctor says she looks great. However, last Sunday there was blood in her stool. Needless to say, I called to talk to an advice nurse. While waiting for a callback, I researched and found info on oversupply and milk protein intolerance. Nurse I talked to totally dismissed the oversupply idea and said, "give up dairy and see a doctor tomorrow." So I did. Monday we saw a nurse practitioner at the pediatric clinic. She also dismissed the oversupply idea so I have continued to be dairy free since then. I also returned to work Monday and am now pumping so my husband, who is a stay at home dad, can feed her while I'm gone. I get about 20 ounces a day pumping 3 times while at work.
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  • @llli*cicamica's Avatar
    October 3rd, 2014, 12:28 PM
    ...which is great cause I do have milk supply, :thumbsup but these are my issues: 1) he has barely ever slept more than 30-40 minutes at once during the day.:( Every time he falls asleep after feeding I try to put him down but he won't stay sleep unless I hold him on my chest. He wakes up almost 5-10 min into placing him down and rooting and giving signes like he hasn't eaten for a whole day. Then I feed him again etc and So this goes in circles. :huh 2) I am aware of the growth spurts but this is going on since birth. Is this ever going to shift? He has gained weight, has perfect amount of dirty diapers etc. I've read that other babies sleep 2-3 hrs straight, feed then sleep again. I wish I could say the same. :bow 3) also he shakes his head while my nipple is in his mouth and gets frustrated, cries, bangs his head with my nipple in his mouth...:confused: (this happens after like 3-4 hrs of straight feeding=him hopping from one nipple to the other after loooong hours... :gg
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  • @llli*momager's Avatar
    October 12th, 2014, 01:04 PM
    I posted already about a low supply but now fear that my 10 month old is reduced to only comfort nursing. I do not hear her swallow much when she nurses( only wants to nurse to sleep or upon waking). I feel like a failure and am wondering if I should be actively trying to wean her. Every week I feel like I have less and less milk and her suck feels like comfort nursing not nutritive. I really wanted to go longer but it's not looking good.
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  • @llli*whitters225's Avatar
    October 5th, 2014, 03:37 PM
    Hi everyone! I am 2 weeks postpartum and about 4-5 days after delivery I started having vaginal itching. At first I chalked it up to my stitch healing but then the itching spread upwards. My vulva, labia and clit are also extremely itchy. I've tried everything under the sun to relive the itching but nothing seems to bring me relief. I was looking online today and came across an article about atrophic vaginitis occurring in breastfeeding mothers because of the lack of estrogen in my body. It seems the only cure is to take hormone supplements and decrease my milk supply or stop nursing altogether; neither of which I want to do. Phytoestrogens are said to help with estrogen levels but I just don't want to dry my milk up. Anyone have any advice? I don't know how long I can deal with this itching.
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  • @llli*nursingmama1020's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 03:54 PM
    My Baby is six weeks old tomorrow and is still nursing every hour and a half to two hours day AND night. I know it's probably normal, but it seems like he should be having a few longer stretches at least sometimes? I'm just exhausted because I don't ever get any sleep. Milk supply isn't an issue, I pump and get plenty of milk. When he nurses, he feeds until he lets go and seems satisfied. It's just SO often still. Any advice or tips? Or just make me feel better that he's still nursing so often :)
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    October 12th, 2014, 07:38 PM
    I think today has just been a day. Our Daughter turned 2 weeks old today, it's also our Anniversary. But it was already off to a rocky start. our daughter wouldn't wake up to eat, so we had to be "mean" to get her up and nurse. that ended in tears for the both of us. she barely nursed at the breast and ended up taking a bottle. ( She's on an SNS because she has a posterior frenulum issue, when she was born they only cut the anterior to see if it'd help, and it really didn't.) So she ate, we went about our business, she napped again, and then we came home. Same thing. Could barely get her up and had to be "mean" again to her to finally wake her up. she barely nursed at the breast, perked up when she got a bottle. I ended up taking her again when she was still hungry, and she nursed at the breast for about 30 minutes, then had another bottle. ( Again, this is part of her SNS, we tried the syringe feed at the breast several times and it was not working.)
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  • @llli*whitney6484's Avatar
    September 26th, 2014, 01:51 PM
    I have a 5 mo old baby, she is my last child of 4. My other 3 are ages 7, 7 and 10. I did not BF them for more than a few weeks. With her, I was adamant that I was going to successfully BF. I also decided that we would co-sleep, and I would "baby-wear." Well, 5 months later, I can't put this baby down for the life of me. She refuses pacifiers and can't be left somewhere for a few minutes before crying uncontrollably. She catches her breath and is happy the moment she is picked up. She uses my nipples to pacify. She latches on around ten times during the night. I can put her in her crib for naps but she wakes up after 30 minutes, looking for a nipple. I am staying pretty strong because this is my baby baby, and I guess you could say I am living a baby-led LIFE! But, I am exhausted. I don't know how to pacify her throughout nights/naps, in order for me to get some sleep. I have thought about pumping a bottle before bed to make sure her belly is nice and full, but I haven't tried this yet. Any advice, suggestions, experiences would be much appreciated!!!
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  • @llli*toastedpea's Avatar
    October 7th, 2014, 04:33 PM
    I've tried giving a pacifier and after she calmed down, quickly transferred her to the breast. This works sometimes. Side-lying position worked a few times (interesting!). Then I started giving her 1oz bottles of expressed milk, transferred her to breast after she calmed down. But this didn't always work. She'd want more from a bottle. But I really dislike pumping and washing bottles :) I want to be able to nurse her while I'm with her, and only give her a bottle when I'm away. Any mamas tried anything else that worked for you? Would really appreciate your shares!
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