Feeding

Meroula - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hello, my 2 month old and myself are having trouble in the breastfeeding department. Any suggestions on how to make it easier please? Thanks

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Meroula - posted on 11/10/2008

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Thank you to all that have replied. I had mothers group today and weighed Sebastian and he has put on weight, I was stoked. I spoke with my health nurse about the difficulties that I have been having to and they are normal.Plus it helped that there were other mothers just like me in the group that are having exaclty the same issues. I just have to learn to settle him differently and just relax myself and tell myself that it is ok. I have been stressing to much.

So once again thank you for all of your kind support, it truly does help.. Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Jeannette - posted on 11/10/2008

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One added thought- make sure you baby is getting weighed regularly while the difficultly feeding persiste to make sure s/he is gaining weight.

Chaya - posted on 11/09/2008

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Just relax and drink a lot, if you work on it you will get it, just don't give up.

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Whatever you do - PLEASE stick with it! Don't give up, it's the BEST thing you can do for your baby :D I took a breastfeeding class - the best $150 I've ever spent. The ladies who conducted the class run a store in NJ. They also have a website: http://www.birthboutique.com/. Shair is SO friendly and helpful. If you have ANY sort of question, I strongly encourage you to call and speak with her!! She's a professional :) Good luck Meroula!

Mercedes - posted on 11/09/2008

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Keep at it! Like already stated, if you really want it to work, just make it your top priority and don't give up! I am living proof! ;) The mylicon drops are a great tip, as is the feeding on demand. Not really a fan of co-sleeping, myself, I much prefer getting out of bed to nurse in the rocker and putting the baby back to sleep on his/her own. Let us know hoe you are doing in a few days!

Jeannette - posted on 11/09/2008

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That sounds very rough. Are you having any pain when he feeds? Does he have any white patches on his tongue? He could have a yeast (thrush infection) which makes it painful to feed. One of the signs can be clicking. I recommend seeing your doctor or, even better, phoning your public health nurse if you still have her number and finding a lactation consultant. If you live in Winnipeg you can book appointment at 940-2015. As for the colic. Do what you have to do to get your baby to sleep. Hold him. Sleep with him. Rock him. There is a video call "The Happiest Baby on the Block" which might help. Maybe you can find it on the internet. It really helped us. A baby carrier helped me as well so I could still do other things. remember you cannot spoil your baby in the first 3 months. And colic usually starts to get better around 12 weeks past the due date. Dr. Marc Weisbluth has a book about fussy babies. I don't remember the name. I read the book by him called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and it helped me to understand colic as well. Did you know the Inuit don't have colicy babies? Because everytime they get fussy they put them in a special carrier on their backs and they are comforted. Good luck!

Meroula - posted on 11/09/2008

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Thank you for all your advice. I will take what you have all written and persist some more. Will keep you posted on our outcome. Thanks again Meroula

Vicky - posted on 11/09/2008

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I had a similar problem with my daughter (my first child) when I started breastfeeding. There was a lot of clicking and I thought she was colicky, too, because she would cry a lot and was always fussy. I agree with Danielle, try to get him as awake as possible when you nurse. Skin-to-skin contact is great for nursing, since it's supposed to be very stimulating to a baby and your temperature will actually help regulate the baby's body temp. A cold washcloth to the face or rubbing ice cubes on the bottom of his feet (while it sounds cruel....) these really DO help wake up your little one and encourage him to eat. Once he takes more at a feeding, he will probably go longer between feeding times. On demand feeding is best, especially until you can get him more interested in eating! Good luck! Also, is there a La Lache League person you can contact for support? Or a lactation consultant at the hospital where you delivered? They can offer great advice as well.

Pam - posted on 11/09/2008

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if possible stick with it- they say it's totally natural but can be the hardest thing that you and your baby learn to do together. After the first couple months it gets easier. Some babies like a schedule- at two months your baby might need to eat every two hours- feedings should only last about 20 minutes per side- if they are longer then that the baby is using you as a pacifier and that contributes to soreness and cracked nipples on your part. Of course the every two hours is around the clock. Try to drink lots- more then you think you need to- Gatorade helped me and i normally hate that stuff. Otherwise you can feed on demand but again make sure the sessions aren't lasting super long. If you want to nurse exclusively for a long time do not supplement at this stage even giving the baby a bottle- you need the baby's jaw motion to stimulate you to produce more. If production is down you can do two things- you can pump on one side while nursing and only nurse one side at a time- make sure to switch sides every time or you can try to pump after each feeding for about 5 to 10 minutes- this will give you more stimulation and you will start to produce more. Keep trying- if you really are struggling but WANT to make it work call the local hospital where you delivered they should have a location nurse who could come out a help you. Good Luck and feel free to contact me. I had lots of trouble nursing my first, and because of that decided i couldn't nurse my second, so when my third came along i was determined to nurse for at least a year- no bottles. She weaned herself at 15 months and am i glad i decided it would happen. Good Luck to you!!!

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As for colic try myoclin drops. They worked wonders for my baby. Also try keeping a food journal of what you eat. What you eat usually what is making them have 'colic'. Once I stopped eating certain stuff her colic disappeared.

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My daughter was the same way until she was about 1 1/2 to 2 months old. She is now eating anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. I just kept at it. With breast feeding babies it seems to be on demand. They tend to get hungry again sooner than those that are formula feed. As long as he is gaining weight you should be fine. Babies will eat when they are hungry. But if he keeps falling asleep try tickling the bottom of his feet or undressing him. It tends to keep them awake and they remember what they are doing.

Meroula - posted on 11/09/2008

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Thank you for replying Sebastian is my first bubba. He falls asleep after about 5 minutes at most feeds. He clicks when he sucks am trying all different positions. He has colic to top it off. I am trying to be patient and persist but am getting stressed out as I don't think he is feeding well enough and he only sleeps for about an hour to 2 during the day and 3 to 4 at night. Any tips will be greatly appreiciated. Thanks

Christy - posted on 11/09/2008

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what is the problem. I breastfeed my 2 kids 1 for 13 months the other for 23. whilei know it is not for everyone, i know it can be beneficial for you and baby. I believe in on demand feeding, and cosleeping can make that easier. if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I would love to help in anyway.

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