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  1. #11
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    I just wanted to agree that feeding your baby by eyedropper, spoon or cup is the best course of action. It is easy for the babies to become"lazy" when givena bottle early as it requires far less work to get the milk.
    I applaud your commitment to breastfeeding! What a caring husband and Daddy to do this work to help your wife and baby have a succesful nursing relationship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohard202
    he has indeed urinated 3 times today. i ran out and bought a travel breast pump to transfer my wifes milk and we are working on it as we speak. thanks for the responses i am holding him as i type this. so it is short i will keep u informed
    Oh, that is wonderful news! If it's coming out, that means it's going in. Your baby is getting colostrum or transitional milk!!! Yay!

    How are the poops? (yes, we're diaper count fanatics, here!)

    Wondering, too, what type of pump was purchased? I've never heard of a travel pump?? BTW, does your wife know about hand expression? Some mothers find that pumping is a learned response, and hand expression comes somewhat easier. Here's a link with "how-tos": www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html


    Quote Originally Posted by gohard202
    Thank you guys so much for the support...this is hard on me and I cannot imagine how it is for my wife. I have shared with my wife some of the things that you guys have said to do. It is very importatnt for us to breastfeed, but at the same time I cannot and will not let the baby go hungry. We managed to get him some milk from the pump, but are still going to get him up every 3 hour and attempt to get him on breast. Is this going to be even more of a challenge since I have introduce a bottle?

    P.S. I have trashed the pacifier.
    You're very welcome for the support. That's why we're here! I hope you'll venture out to find some local support, as well.

    I'm glad you've shared the info with your wife. What a wonderful, supportive father you are! If you have a printer, you might wish to print off some of the information so she can refer to it, as needed.

    It's wonderful to hear that both you and your wife are so determined to make breastfeeding work. Remember that today was just a tiny bump in the road. Things do get better!! And for any problems that might arise, there is help!

    Do try to wake him if he sleeps through feeding times. In a week or so, he'll be more alert.

    Don't worry too much about giving a bottle. You did what you felt was neccessary at the time. I have a link with info that might help. It is not a LLL resource, but it does contain some very interesting information about the use of bottles in supplementation (conclusion: supplementing with a bottle isn't always ideal, but it can be a useful tool).
    http://www.bfar.org/nipples.shtml

    It's great that your wife was able to express some milk, and your baby did eat. Now, for the next feedings, maybe focus on getting baby to the breast? I would suggest that your wife start out with some kangaroo care, with no pressure for your son to nurse. Many babies will naturally start rooting their way down mother's chest, down to the nipple. Try it! Once your baby is there, your wife can help him get a good latch by watching the position (help baby get tummy to tummy with mom), and by creating a "nipple sandwich" , in other words, smoosh down the areola to make it small enough to fit more in baby's mouth. Make sense?

    Imagine how you might eat a big, tall sandwich. You can't take it head on. You have to sort of smoosh it down. Then the bottom of the sandwich hits your bottom lip, and THEN the top of your mouth takes in the sanwich. Can you visualize that? That's how you want your baby to latch on to the breast.

    And good on you for tossing that pacifier!

    Please keep us updated. I know we'll all be anxious to hear how your little one is doing.

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    So glad to hear that things are going better!

  4. #14
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    I was told by my midwife not to use a bottle for the first three weeks because then sometimes the baby refused the breast as it is easier for then to drink more out of a bottle. That would be ideal anyway, to not a use a bottle yet, BUT your baby is the most important thing and he needs to eat. I've heard of one couple that was completely set on breastfeeding and their baby ended up crying a lot and sleeping a lot and died from starvation because they didn't want to supplement. I'd talk to a professional and make sure your baby is getting the nutriention it needs.

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    How is your wife and baby doing today?

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    Today is of course a new day. I just returned to work after spending lunch at home. The baby was sound asleep and my wife was resting. He fed a little this morning and my wife is trying her best to keep him on schedule. I am glad to say that after our adventures last night he is still urinating this morning and managed to drop 2 consecutive stools. My wife said that as soon as she cleaned him up he was at it again. We are still working the latching situation and have aa appointment with our lactation specialist first thing in the morning. He manages to get on the breast for a few sucks and then breaks. I went out and bought a hand pump last night, but today I went and purchased a Medela New Pump in Style and we are going to pump a little bit to relive my wifes pain and also to have a way to feed breastmilk when my son is not wanting to latch. So, I will keep you guys posted as to what advice we get from our lactation specialist and so on.

    Thanks for all your help, I never knew that I could find so much good help so fast. Me and my wife are first time parents and don't want to hurt our baby.

    Worried Father.

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    Hi there New Dad!

    Nothing else to add, but just wanted to say how lucky your baby is to have two such committed parents! And how lucky your wife is to have YOU! You are going to be a great dad, I'm sure of that! Keep us posted, we are here to support you!

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    This all sounds like a good report for the time being. At your last line, my heart just went out to you. I think most new parents share these fears and worries -- the good thing is that new babies, although tiny, are actually pretty resilient and tough.

    Let us know how the appt with the lactation specialist goes, and let your wife know that we are here for both of you.

    --Rebecca

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    Sounds like you guys are on the right track! I'm SO glad you're going to be seeing someone locally!
    Hang in there! Tell your wife this DOES get easier! And pat yourself on the back for being such a good daddy!
    Hugs
    Jen
    "Mothers are designed to be available to their babies--to help them make the transition into this big, wide world. To teach them to trust, and love, and feel good about being alive."
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  10. #20
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    Awww! Your last line made me tear up! I think we can all relate. You are such a good daddy and your wife is lucky to have you. I think you've got all us ladies here wrapped around your finger. We're all impressed by you!

    Please keep us posted and have your wife come on and say hello once she's feeling up to it!
    Kristie L.
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    (the poster formerly known as fezzik812)
    Wife to Brett, Mommy to Seamus (5.1.05), and Emelie (1.18.08)
    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."- Ghandi

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