Re: Need help with pumping
I went throught the same thing with my daughter, the first 4 months I felt like all I did was nurse. If she was awake, she wanted my nipple in her mouth (I refused to let her have a pacifier, she had latch problems, so she used me instead). It was very difficult to handle especially since I have a toddler and no one to help me with them (single mom). My only break was work but I had to pump there and couldn't pump enough to send each day to school. A LC advised me to switch her to newborn nipples because bottle fed babies are frequently overfed because they will finish the bottle, be full but still want to suckle. Switching the nipples helped a lot. And when she turned 4 months she started to get interested in the world around her and didn't want to nurse constantly. She also takes a pacifier now, she discovered one of her brother's as she rolled around on the floor and fell in love with it, thankfully her latch has been corrected and the pacifier doesn't seem to interfere. Whatever decision you make, just remember that you are her mother and you love her and putting yourself under too much stress doesn't do either one of you any good. I had supply problems due to self induced stress over pacifiers, which is resolved now thanks to my son. Just hang in there.
Amanda Mom to James (2/25/04) and nursling Alice (8/24/05)