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  1. #11
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    my dd is ebf and is addicted to her NUK pacifier. she is 7.5 months old and has taken ebm from a bottle only 3 times in her life so far. at this point I cannot get her to drink from a bottle anymore. I am a first time mom and I really thought ebf for the first year was going to be a bigger challenge than it has been so far. As your baby grows they become more efficient when they suck. BF really is easier than FF.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by quakerm0mma
    You're not nuts. Many breastfeeding moms do use pacifiers without problems, but some have used one and lived to regret it. IIRC, LLL recommends waiting until 5 weeks or so to introduce artificial nipples, as the risk of nipple confusion goes down as the baby gets older and breastfeeding becomes more established.

    If she just turned 3 weeks old, this nonstop nursing is probably at least partly due to a growth spurt. They generally happen at 10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months. In my experience, the older the baby, the longer the growth spurt lasted.

    Hang in there -- you certainly aren't doing anything wrong by nursing and avoiding pacifiers. It's hard work! But this intensity won't last forever.

    If you can learn to nurse in a sling, you might be able to latch her on, feed her, and then get up and do other stuff while she naps at the breast. Just getting out for a walk or going grocery shopping or something like that can break up the monotony of those marathon nursing sessions.

    --Rebecca
    What type of sling do you use and how do you use it? I need something like this, i am really struggling at times with my 2 week old daughter. I feel like i'm stuck most of the day feeding her. I am supplementing some through a supplemental nurser, but the lactation specialist recommended i started to wean her off of it since my milk supply is increasing. Just doesn't seem like it sometimes.

  3. #13
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    I had an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder -- a padded sling with rings. I didn't get the hang of nursing in the sling until my son was several months old, so don't give up on it if you can't figure it out right away.

    The best description I saw (and what ultimately helped me do this) was to put the sling on me very, very loose, so most of it was lying in my lap. Then pick up the baby and settle in to nurse as you normally do. If you are using a boppy or similar pillow, arrange the sling on top of the pillow before holding the baby.

    Then, while nursing, you can gradually and gently tighten the sling, bit by bit. It may take several nursing sessions. Once you can get the sling tightened all the way while still nursing, then you can try standing up and walking around.

    There are many, many different kinds of slings and carriers available -- I encourage you to post on the Babywearing board here for suggestions and advice.

    In the meantime, hang in there! It's wonderful that your supply is increasing -- and that is probably a direct result of all the time your daughter spends at your breast. Those early weeks are intense and hard. Hang in there for a few more weeks and things will surely be easier. Don't hesitate to post with any other questions or concerns.

    --Rebecca

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by quakerm0mma
    I had an Over the Shoulder Baby Holder -- a padded sling with rings. I didn't get the hang of nursing in the sling until my son was several months old, so don't give up on it if you can't figure it out right away.

    The best description I saw (and what ultimately helped me do this) was to put the sling on me very, very loose, so most of it was lying in my lap. Then pick up the baby and settle in to nurse as you normally do. If you are using a boppy or similar pillow, arrange the sling on top of the pillow before holding the baby.

    Then, while nursing, you can gradually and gently tighten the sling, bit by bit. It may take several nursing sessions. Once you can get the sling tightened all the way while still nursing, then you can try standing up and walking around.

    There are many, many different kinds of slings and carriers available -- I encourage you to post on the Babywearing board here for suggestions and advice.

    In the meantime, hang in there! It's wonderful that your supply is increasing -- and that is probably a direct result of all the time your daughter spends at your breast. Those early weeks are intense and hard. Hang in there for a few more weeks and things will surely be easier. Don't hesitate to post with any other questions or concerns.

    --Rebecca
    Thanks, i really need some encouragement! My husband and mother in law are being a bit negative and thinking my baby is not getting enough to eat as she is on the breast a lot and sometimes gets frustrated even though she is getting milk (hear the gulping), but then i give her about 1 ounce of formula through a supplemental nurser and she is fine for awhile.

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