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    Default not sure about breast feeding

    My son is 15 days old and I have been breast feeding exclusively but I ahve been pumping for the most part and bottle feeding so my spouse can help me out at night and when I just need a minute. Seems to be working ok he will still nurse and no nipple confusion but he's not relieving my breasts. They still feel full when I let him nurse and they get so sore. Any suggestions? I want to keep giving him breast milk at least while I am home on maternity leave.

    Danielle

    Also I was taking anti depressants and found out in the maternity ward I could no longer take wellbutrin xl if I was going to breast feed so I am not sure what to blame the exhaustion on. I realize it's some what normal but am faced with a hard choice as the medication greatly helped me. I want to be able to breast feed obviously for health reasons, cost and most of all I am sooo uncomfortable about my weight. ????

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    Default Re: not sure about breast feeding

    Hello! I sent a few links to read, they will answer some of your questions and doubts. The first few weeks are the hardest, is like when you learned how to ride a bike, you need some guidance and help at the beggining but after that you're ready to ride on your own! What you need is good support and knowledge, it will ease some of your concerns. I'll check you out later. Tell your hubby Semper Fi! Take care

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

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

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

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

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    Default Re: not sure about breast feeding

    Hi Danielle,

    Congrats on your new baby! Yes, the first few weeks are exhausting and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. It sounds to me like you're doing a wonderful job providing your son with breastmilk.

    I'm not sure exactly why your breasts still feel full and sore after nursing. It's possible that too much pumping has caused you to produce more milk than your baby needs, which can lead to engorgement (that "too full/sore" feeling) or problems with too much foremilk. Or, it's possible that when he nurses, he may not be moving milk very effectively out of your breasts and into his tummy.

    Can you tell us some more about your situation?

    What was baby's birth weight?

    What was his lowest weight after birth?

    What was his most recent weight?

    How many times did he nurse in the last 24 hours? How many times did you pump, and with what type of pump, and for how long each session?

    How many times was baby given a bottle in the last 24 hours? How many ounces of expressed breast milk did he take at each feeding? Has he been getting any formula? Is he using a pacifier at all?

    You mention feeling extra exhausted, and having concerns about being off of your usual antidepressant meds. It's important to know that there ARE antidepressants that are safe to take while lactating; it's very rare that a mom has to quit nursing in order to treat her depression. Can you talk with your doctor about the wellbutrin and other medications?

    One "strategy" new moms can use to deal with the normal exhaustion of caring for a newborn is to sleep when the baby sleeps. You may be getting only a couple hours sleep here and there through the night, but if you can get a good nap or two in during the day, it will help a lot. I found that as long as I was getting about 8 hours sleep TOTAL in every 24-hour period, I could function. If I dropped much below that, with the frequent nightwakings, I started walking into doors and other scary stuff, just from sheer exhaustion.

    Motherhood is a BIG adjustment, so try to cut yourself some slack and take care of your own needs so that you can continue taking good care of your baby.

    --Rebecca

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    Default Re: not sure about breast feeding

    Call your local lll leader they can look up the medication you were takeing in hales and tell you if its ok.
    http://store.llli.org/books/product/60

    doctors sometimes don't have current information on drugs and breastfeeding.

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    Default Re: not sure about breast feeding

    I learned to pump to comfort - and I did it for 3 months every time I fed her. Remember baby's tummy is small - so she can only eat so much.

    Also, for depression, I take 5-HTP and Omega-3 --- ask your dr about it - but it helps me a lot.

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