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30/04/2013 at 16:28
Bit of background: I didn't manage to feed I so am trying again this time. We are at 12 days in now and it is going ok after a very bumpy start. We resorted to nipple shields after a couple of days as she wouldn't latch and my nips were covered in blisters the bf'ing lady advised against it but I knew without we would be stopping right there.
It seems to be going well for now but we are taking each day at a time and I have no idea how it will work when H goes back to work as I is so used to getting lots of attention.
How do you keep your toddlers amused whilst you are feeding? S feeds for hours right now!!
30/04/2013 at 16:38
iPad, Disney Junior and we read books- lots of books! Snacks too!
30/04/2013 at 16:42
What WS said, those things work for Ned.
Food too. Even if it means a slightly early/late breakfast or lunch for Ned, tying BFs into meal times works quite well.
Stickers and colouring too.
N is 2y9m.
30/04/2013 at 21:05
Reading books, doing sticker books, doing jigsaw (me directing from the sofa), watching telly, if I'm sitting on the floor I can play with his cars with him one handed
30/04/2013 at 21:12
Clearly I have no experience, but the above sound like good ideas. Just wanted to say how pleased I am that you're doing so well, go you!
re the shields, has she been checked for tongue tie?
30/04/2013 at 21:14
Thanks ladies, I think I need to practice feeding in more places than propped up with loads of pillows!
Will get more stickers and make sure cbeebies is on!
30/04/2013 at 21:25
iPad, food, books. So far, nursery has been the best way of keeping her amused though obviously that doesn't help you (and is only helping me temporarily...)
And go your t1ts! wBGs about tongue tie, though.
30/04/2013 at 22:54
Everything that everyone has said, then making sure toddler gets attention when baby not feeding. You'll also get quite skilled at feeding in all sorts of places. I remember sitting on the floor playing cars whilst BF :) Oh and nipples shields were great for us, let me recover a bit whilst carrying on BF, and then stopped them again without any problem.
01/05/2013 at 01:26
Sorry bg, missed you there. I am so pleased too after last time and no, noone has looked in her mouth at all. Have the hv on Thursday so will ask her, I think it is more my silly.nipples than her fault.
Bw, I starts nursey 2 mornings a week in September, am hoping we will have. Cracked it by then.
Leela, nice to hear something positive about shields, I just wish I had been better informed last time.
01/05/2013 at 09:03
Ask the HV, although she may not be the best one to identify if there is a TT. I guess someone more of a BF specialist, like a BFC would be a good bet.
It could be a combination of your nipples and TT, or just one or the other, if there is a TT though, it's an easy fix.
01/05/2013 at 10:01
Tongue Tie is quite common. Defo get someone to check. Is there a local BF support group - they will have a BF consultant who could check
01/05/2013 at 13:44
Mostly what everybody else has mentioned, books,stickers and jigsaws proved to be ideal for us.
E (big sister) also had a doll of her own which she would sit alongside me and feed whilst we had a little chat, which proved to be quite successful sometimes for keeping her occupied (not always though).
In the early days I tried to feed in the same place on the sofa and made sure I always had things within easy reach of there (tv remote, muslins, cushions, a book for the eldest). I replaced stuff when I'd finished feeding ready for next time.
Well done btw, those first few weeks are the hardest but it gets easier and your older daughter will get used to it too.
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