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20/01/2014 at 14:21
I used medela shields which are meant to be the best ones. I did try boots own but they were crap. Boots had medela ones reduced to £5 I noticed but might be a local store thing.
I can only bf lying down now, he just refuses to latch any other way. Might be worth trying that position as I find we are both more relaxed that way as well.
20/01/2014 at 20:45
20/01/2014 at 22:43
In the long run I am actually glad that I had the problems I did as A will happily switch between bottle and boob now whereas I know that some breastfed babies who don't have bottles early on, as recommended, then refuse bottles altogether. A will drink anything from a bottle which has proved a godsend for getting his reflux medication into him.
Use the time that you feed expressed milk to get the emotional breathing space you need, at some point you might feel ready to try the boob again, or you might not, but either way you're doing the best thing which is giving yourself time to make the best choice rather than trying to make a decision when you are in pain and emotionally all over the place.
21/01/2014 at 18:12
Mrs Bass I just wanted to drop in and say that we're no longer on the boob either for various reasons and that I'm also expressing some feeds (although the rest are formula feeds, to help him gain weight). There's loads of great advice on this thread and I can't add any more, cos as you know we're a few weeks behind you and E and I'm still getting the hang of this expressing lark too, but I wanted to say that I'm in the same boat, so you're not alone in spending your days expressing, like a cow in a shed - well that's how I feel about it anyway! I can't imagine doing every single feed that way though so well done you for sticking at it. xxx
21/01/2014 at 20:22
22/01/2014 at 15:16
Ha, that is charming! ;-)
How do you manage to express while feeding? I don't seem to have enough hands - or co-ordination! I'm only doing half his feeds with EBM though, the other half are formula as S is underweight. I'm expressing three times a day and still getting loads of milk each time though, which is nice. It's just a shame that S can't seem to get the hang of extracting it himself!
22/01/2014 at 16:23
I always tried to express while feeding. Instead of lying baby across you, tuck him next to you under your arm... I used to sit on the sofa, stick him on the right boob with his feet by my bum and his head in my lap, pillow to bring him to the right height. Then express from the left (or vice versa).
Like this: www.chop.edu/.../moving-towards-breastfeeding-125769.gif
22/01/2014 at 16:49
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