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Thread: I miss nursing and need support!

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    Default I miss nursing and need support!

    I am a first time mom of the most wonderful little girl. she is almost 6 weeks old. We started out nursing at the hospital, but after 2 days the nurses said that she was hungry and dehydrated and that I needed to supplement with formula. Reluctantly, I did. We still tried nursing, but it became increasingly difficult. (long story) And pretty soon, we were exclusively using a bottle. I feel so strongly about BF and would really like to give it another shot. I can still get milk to bead up on my nipples when I squeeze, so does that mean there is still hope? I really want to do this, not just for my LO, but for myself. I absolutely love the way it feels to have my daughter so close to me in that way. One little problem..not alot of support at home. When I try to nurse, my DH thinks I am starving the baby (because of what the dr. and nurses said at the hospital). He thinks I'm nuts for crying so much over it and says that both of us were given formula and we turned out fine. That's why I'm here. I need encouragement and support from somewhere. What do I need to do now, today, to get started back on the right track. I will do anything it takes. Thank you for ANY feedback!

    Rachel

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    Default Re: I miss nursing and need support!

    call your local LLL leader she can help.
    Do you have a pump? Could you rent a good hospital grade one?
    There are a bunch of realy nice ladies here at the forums.
    Keep trying to put the baby to the breast! Some newborns need to nurse 12 times in 24 hours and that's normal to them.
    heres a good link to start with
    you can do it!
    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/back.html

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    heres the link to find a local leader
    http://www.lllalmsla.org/

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    Default Re: I miss nursing and need support!

    Thanks, I have rented a Medela Lactina and use once or twice a day. I only get maybe a half oz. when I pump. How often do I need to be pumping? Should I put her to my breast before or after I pump?

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    putting her on 1st would work.
    a leader can help you more with when to pump and how often.
    How much formula is she getting? If its alot your going to have to reduce it slowly over a few weeks as your milk supply comes back.
    1/2 oz is good for just starting out!

    heres a link to tell if your baby is getting the milk they need

    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/enough.html

    heres some info on relactation

    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBrelactation.html

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    Default Re: I miss nursing and need support!

    She is taking 3 oz. of formula every 3-4 hours. Sorry for so many ?'s ( I am going to see an LC at the hospital on Tuesday, but need to know what to do till then.) So, do I need to put her to the breast when she is hungry then give her a bottle afterward? Thank you so much for your input.It's nice to talk to someone who is on my side.

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    3 oz yup I would contine the suppliments. nurse her 1st as much as she is willing and then give the suppliments.
    Some moms use anther feeding mythod instead of the bottle so baby gets all their sucking needs from mom....heres a link about that:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/a...e-feeding.html

    as the lc about a sns...heres some info about it.
    http://www.kellymom.com/newman/05lactation_aid.html

    ask away no ?'s is to silly or small!
    Ive got to go eat supper but I'll be back..

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    Default Re: I miss nursing and need support!

    OK, I think I may try the eyedropper thing. I think that if I can put the bottles away, it will help me and my husband menatally (outta sight, outta mind). Also, when i did nurse, I used a nipple shield, the LC at the hospital said it would help Sarah latch on. Should I stop using that now, or just take baby steps doing one thing at a time until BF is established well and supplements are gone?
    I have to go for a little while too, but will check in later.

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    I would skip the nipple sheild if baby is willing...
    its just something else that comes between you and baby and thats not good.

    heres a good link too
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html

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    Gotcha!

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