22/04/2010 at 19:55
22/04/2010 at 22:38
hi diana, its my 1st time here tonight but couldn't not leave u a reply!
my daughter was the same, it felt like she was constantly attatched to me! but half the time she would be asleep in 5 minutes, was advised to tickle her feet and take a layer of clothing off her to try to keep her awake. Is she latched on correctly? my daughter wasn't, so was only getting the thinner foremilk not the hind milk which fills em up! to be honest it tool usa good 6 weeks to get the hang of it! i had a cracked nipple all dueto not being latched on right, since then its all been ok, shes now 10 weeks, and sometimes she still wants to feed again after an hr or so, especially during the morning and evening!
i should keep doing as you are adn feed when she wants it and am sure it will settle down and rememeber what a fab job your doing! could also ask HV?
Good luck x
23/04/2010 at 07:51
congratulations on your babies - both of you! babies can want to do a lot of sucking at the start, and they can make you very tired. i used to watch if the baby was actually swallowing, and if they weren't, then i took them off. breastfed babies so tend to want to feed more often than a 4-hourly bottle fed baby!
things will settle down though, but it will take about 5-6 weeks.
23/04/2010 at 17:55
I managed, thankfully, to BF all three of my babies. I will always remember how things were with my first. I took us both a good few weeks to get into the swing of things, but it did get easier once we both 'learned' how to do it effectively.
I would check that your baby is well latched on, your midwife/HV should be able to help (they dont have to touch your boobs to help!) or they may be able to reccommend an advisor. I used to strip baby off and lay on my side in bed. The striping baby off help make sure he was awake, and we both found it comfortable in bed. Don't worry, as soon as baby you get the latch working you just sit up and will be able to feed anywhere
Also all three of mine used me/boobs as a soother even if they weren't feeding, which would often mean i didn't get off the sofa/out of bed for hours! It doesn't last for long but it feels an eternity. It does sound like your baby might be doing this.
My HV said some great things to me one of which is "if it's a problem for you and your situation change what your doing; if it's not a problem for YOU, it's not a problem". I really want to say also, that really dont preasure yourself by feeling you have to follow a routine or taking other peoples advise. You will get there on your own and it doesn't matter if how you want to do things differs from friends etc.... just do what works for you.
Finally just enjoy having the extra cuddles you are getting now, those first few weeks of being a new mummy are both magical and shattering so try and focus on the magical!!!!!
23/04/2010 at 20:55
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