Re: Could really use some encouragement!
I see how your situation can be so frustrating.
Wouldn't it be nice if your DD nursed well and had a deep latch, filled her belly with your milk and then dozed off to sleep for 2-3 hours.
Wouldn't it be nice if while she slept your hands were free to work on your BA or if while she slept you took a much deserved nap.
Nipple shields can be wonderful helpful tools but alas there is a downside.
the nipple shield prevents the comforting elongation of your nipple to stimulate the soft palate of the baby's mouth, which is a pleasure sensor and can lull the baby to blissful sleep.
You might want to try removing the shield after she has had an initial good feed and retrain her to suckle without it, when she is not distracted by hunger.
A sling might also be helpful so your LO can be held near and close in between nursing sessions and you hands are free.
However I long for the days when health professionals, doctors and midwives told mothers to take it easy the first 8 weeks.
The first 8 weeks are devoted to rest, getting your self healed from birth and falling in love with the baby.
Everything else can wait until mamma is past the first 8 weeks.
DD#1 July 1986 VB
DD#2 April 1988 c/sec
DS#3 April 1990 VBAC
DS#4 June 1993 VB
DD#5 April 2001 c/sec
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