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#1 MsGems

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

Even though Miles is bub #2, some of this baby business feels quite new. Penny had only just come home by the time she was Miles' current age (2.5 weeks) and the first while was such a blur that I really can't compare!

I do remember though that Penny was a bit of a snacker when I BF'ed her in hospital. I'd pretty much spend the whole day up there, and we'd cuddle, she'd feed, sleep .. repeat. After she'd fall asleep on me, I'd put her in the bassinet, and go off to 'Pump Class' (as we liked to call the pumping room in SCN laugh.gif) to express what was left, and they'd use that for o'night feeds (or whenever I wasn't there).

This time, I'm BF'ing again, and all is going well, but he's a- a mummy's boy who loves to cuddle, and b- a bit of a snacker. Little feeds, then sleep, repeat.

While I LOVE the cuddles (as I type he's asleep in my lap) it does get a teensy bit frustrating as I can't get anything done. I've attempted a few times to lay him down in bed after he's nodded off on my lap, but he just keeps waking up. Sometimes it's just a little stir, so I leave him be .. other times it's a full on cry.

It's probably not doing great things for my supply either.
So I'm wondering ... Am I deluding myself to think that perhaps a better option would be to do a combination of EBM in a bottle and BFing?
I'm thinking bottles for during the day (obviously I'll still have some 'cling factor' happening, but at the same time it might get him a little more used to not snuggling up to me constantly) and then our normal BFing at night/overnight.

I'm confident he's getting enough milk at the moment, as he's got plenty of wet nappies, but my boobs aren't necessarily getting emptied out with each feed, and try as I might to encourage him to keep feeding, he just gets lazy. At least with EBM in a bottle, I can keep more of an eye on how much he's getting in.

Suggestions, advice, etc?
To pump, or not to pump? Or do I just accept the fact that the toddler and housework won't get as much attention for the next while?
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

I'm reaaaaally stretching my memory but Cait did the same thing until around 4-6 weeks after which it settled down a little so if you felt like you could endure the current situation (and mess smile.gif ) a little longer it might sort itself out?

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:26 PM

I was just reading a BFing thread on BM and discovered other mums going through the same.

I'm still tempted to get some bottles and express some milk and store it. TMI but I got out of the shower and he hasn't let me get dressed yet because he *had* to feed and both boobs started leaking. He's gone back to sleep now, so I'm stuck with one very full boob, and one not so much!
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:59 PM

My little one was like that when we first came home (and we too had spent 2 weeks in the SCN when he was 1st born).

Things that helped me were:
-a wet washer on his face. It "woke" him up enough to feed for longer.
-alternating sides that I started on (had to keep a book so I'd remember) so pretty much each boob was drained every second feed.

We still did at least 1 bottle of EBM a week (he'd had bottles in the nursery) so that he would still take one in case I needed to go somewhere or I was asleep when he wanted a feed. This worked until 4 months when after his needles he wouldn't take one anymore.

Good Luck with it all!

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:38 PM

Congratulations!!!

I wonder if he is just still hungry after each "snack" - At his age I would've tried to feed for at least 30-40 mins at a time (DD1 would just feed on one breast, DD2 did both and it was really slow going), DD2 was premature and struggled to feed and got really tired so I would feed her, she'd fall asleep, I'd change her, feed again, try and wake her etc but wait until I felt she had a big feed before putting her down and that stopped the cycle of small feeds and small naps in between. I am sure either way he is getting plenty of milk but aiming for a big feed every 2-3 hrs during the day saved our sanity.

Expressing for a bottle each day is good for your freedom but I don't think it would help with the need to be held at his young age.



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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

Make sure you let the second breast drip drip drip off any excess while you feed on the first breast. I found that really helped me with establishing my supply.

I would also encourage more by changing nappy etc when he goes sleepy to get him to finish draining that first breast. It doesn't matter if he is full on just one breast, you just want him to totally drain it otherwise it can lead to blocked ducts. If you can drain one breast at each feed and alternate breasts for every feed then you will find your supply will regulate and then he will get to a point where he will demand both because one is t enough.

That was my experience anyway. smile.gif
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:35 PM

I used to tickle my kids feets, or stroke their cheeks or chins to get them to wake up a bit more. But I found thats what they did for about the first month before working up to much bigger feeds. Their tummies start off smaller than a marble and then get bigger and bigger, so I dont see it as being anything unusual. Plus it helps to build your supply up.
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