So far, so good. Three months next week. 2 months ago
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I had a lot of trouble with breastfeeding the first time around, but managed to do it part-time with my first. I figured it would be easier with baby #2 but it actually turned out to be harder due to the shape of his palate. I persisted through all the pumping and at 4 months he was finally able to breastfeed full time (with a little formula supplementation.) It was a lot of hard work to get things going, so I won’t be giving up nursing anytime soon! 8 months ago
I’m going to continue combination feeding for now at least as it’s working well for the little one. My health visitor is pleased with his progress.
I’m not having as much time as I’d like to express due to fitting appointments and visitors in between feeds (when I’d be expressing if I could). No other spare time for me! 10 months ago
but I’ve got really, really tired.
It’s really exhausting breastfeeding and being available all day every day. And it’s more time-consuming than I anticipated too. I’ve been spending 10-12 hours a day on this which is longer than I expected.
At least I’m succeeding in feeding him and helping him grow (150g / 5oz weight gain in the past 4 days). 10 months ago
He’s got the hang of nipple shields and with top-ups of formula over the past week he is now back to his birthweight which is a relief.
I don’t think we’ll do anything about his tongue tie as it’s not too bad. He may be able to feed better on his own when he’s a little bigger.
Now we’re trying to get him to forgo his top-ups and only have 1 bottle/formula feed a day (late at night when I’m getting some sleep and hubby is feeding him). He’s also allowed to go up to 4 hours between his daytime feeds and to have one 6 hour gap at night time (which will hopefully give me more sleep in one go). I don’t think he’s taking quite as much at a go as we’d like as he’s feeding every 2-3 hours. There’s not quite enough time between 2 hourly feeds for me to express enough so I hope he gets the hang of it even better and soon so we can go longer between feeds and I can express enough for hubby’s late night feed.
Let’s see whether this is working and how much weight he’s gaining when he has his next weigh-in on Friday… 10 months ago
I really loved breastfeeding. This was great bonding time with my babies. 10 months ago
I know that not all babies/mums are naturals but Isaac can’t maintain a latch properly without shields. :(
He has a minor tongue tie and has been losing weight when he should have started putting it back on again.
We are still with the midwife and having daily weigh-ins even though he is 12 days old (usually discharged at 10 days) and are attending the bf clinic at the hospital too.
We have started a new and more agressive feeding regime including both bf and formula (not what I wanted but his health is the most important thing right now) at each feed and we are off to a good start as he has put on some weight in the past 24 hours, which shows promise.
I hope we can resolve these issues and I can start bf more naturally with him soon. 11 months ago
How I did it: I really thought breastfeeding would be incredibly difficult. I've heard so many stories of mom's bawling their eyes out with the baby crying and no one getting any peace or rest.
So we’re going to a specialist on Friday and we’ll see what she says. I’m expecting that everything will stay the same – but who knows! 17 months ago
Today we’re going for another follow up with the doctor. The baby is six weeks old so it feels like we should have figured this out already. At our last visit the doctor cut the baby’s frenulum (part under the tongue). It was the second cut as his little tongue was still heart shaped and she worried that was interfering.
On the weekend, it felt like my milk had run out. I didn’t feel “full” for feedings and the baby wasn’t interested. It’s hard not to be heartbroken but it’s not about me, or about the baby, it’s just what’s happening.
I started using the pump again and on Monday my milk seemed to have come back, but I’m not sure if I’ve hit the same levels I had before.
Our follow up appointment is mostly to get a referral to the breastfeeding specialist in the city. It’s been two weeks following the doctor’s plan, and I’m not seeing much of an improvement. With the holidays coming up, I’d like to get in to see the specialist so we can have some answer by the new year.
Ironically this is almost the 30% point of where I planned to stop breastfeeding. Everyone keeps telling me not to blame myself, some go as far as to say “The baby is lazy, he’s not sucking right.”
It frustrates me. I’m not blaming myself – and neither am I blaming the baby. How on earth could he decide to be “lazy”! It’s about solving the problem that’s happening, not finding blame.
At the end, next year, I want to be able to say “We did everything we could to make it work and…” either it worked or it didn’t. 17 months ago
The nice thing about going to parent groups is to talk about having a baby with people who are actively “there” and not people who have been there and done that.
I’ve had interesting chats about delivery and breastfeeding. I’m not alone in not being able to “whip it out” and give the baby dinner.
I went for another follow up appointment with the doctor – I was frustrated because I brought the baby a little hungry so we could breastfeed. After waiting 40 minutes he got progressively more hungry until it was time to start feeding. So I started in the doctors office. It was 40 minutes after our appointment was to start – and no doctor. So I fed for 20 minutes and nothing.
Finally just as I finished and was supplementing with the bottle the doctor came in and asked me to show her how I was breastfeeding. So next week I will bring a slightly hungry baby into the doctor, again.
So frustrating. 17 months ago
I know that breastfeeding is best for the baby and want to give my son the best start. It seems the cards have been stacked against us a bit. He was a preemie and needed nourishment quickly so we had to use a bottle very early. He had a tongue tie which made it hard for him to suck. As for me, he was born a week before my breastfeeding class so I’ve had to go into this a little blind.
I thought we were doing ok, but went to a lactation consultant and realized he’s not getting as much as he should from breastfeeding and that I’m not producing enough milk. So I’m pretty disheartened today. 18 months ago
it most be amazing to feed your baby your creaton a part of you…From yourself like omg i can produce food!! that only human that can! 18 months ago