breast feeding

Sam - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have tried every breast feeding position but I can’t get comfortable. My little girl feeds half an hour to an hour and by the end my back aches. Any suggestions???

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Sarah - posted on 08/19/2009

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Hey there.. do you have a boppy pillow? I know that was a life saver for me! And place a pillow behind your back.. that always helps when mine starts hurting. Also, it may seem like she nurses forever but dont worry, it will get better. At about 6 months mine started only nursing 10-15 min per side. I know from when mine was little that its hard to know if they have had enough so you dont want to 'cut them off' so to speak... Just keep it up! It will get better!! oh, also, make sure you keep good posture while you are nursing.. i know i sometimes tend to slouch..

Katelynne - posted on 08/19/2009

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Brittney - you have a very good point. Babies typically get all the milk they want within 10-15 minutes as long as they are properly latched....

Sam, is she latching properly? Or is she falling asleep while nursing? If she's falling asleep, make sure and wake her up. I always had to lightly scrape the bottoms of my kids' feet to keep them awake. That way you won't be sitting for an hour!

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just give it some time. It took my some time to get in a comfy position, I liked laying on my side and nursing. My question is why does she nurse so long, are you drinking lots of water to keep your production up? I can see 30 minutes, but I never nursed longer than that.

Katelynne - posted on 08/19/2009

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here's something that always worked for me: I sat cross-legged (criss-cross, indian style, whatever you call it) so my lower back would arch OUT more than in. Then I'd hold the baby in my arms, and use my boppy pillow to support between my lap and arms. Hope that makes sense. Don't give up...it's awesome that you want to continue to breastfeed. :) We'll find you a solution :)

Natasha - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Sam:









she's 3 wks. i really want to keep breast feeding but i hoping i could do something to make it more comfortable.





i know, she's still only 3weeks, she must be so tiny!! but u need to think of wots best for everyone, i really hope you sort something out soon :)

Tammy Cara - posted on 08/19/2009

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I found that I couldn't get comfortable trying to feed my little on sitting up either - mainly because her birth had been difficult and I damaged by lower back.Try lying her in her side with her back propped up by a pillow and lying on your side towards her.Then give her the breast that is closest to the bed.It might take a couple of tries to get her to latch properly like this but once the two of you have it worked out you can move about and find the most comfortable position for you.Just remember to change sides! then you don't get so sore or have one huge breast!

Sam - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

wot age is ur baby??? if it is so painful, maybe u should just give up and enjoy the experience of bottle feeding ur baby. i know its not the ideal situation u want to be in but u dont want to have constant back ache for as long as ur planning on breastfeeding for!



she's 3 wks. i really want to keep breast feeding but i hoping i could do something to make it more comfortable.

Natasha - posted on 08/19/2009

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wot age is ur baby??? if it is so painful, maybe u should just give up and enjoy the experience of bottle feeding ur baby. i know its not the ideal situation u want to be in but u dont want to have constant back ache for as long as ur planning on breastfeeding for!

Ursala - posted on 08/19/2009

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Okay sorry! Have you pumped? Maybe you can just pump and feed her like that? Idk! I hope you find something that works soon!

Sam - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

make sure ur sitting comfortably, and u have lots of pillows and cushions so that their taking the weight of the baby and not you! i dont know what else to tell you because it should usually ease with changing position, have u tried lying down??? but pillows are the key!! good luck xx


 



I tried lying but it still hurts my back. It feels so awkward 

Ursala - posted on 08/19/2009

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Hi~ Have you tried laying on your side? I breastfed my son like this at night because he would just eat and eat and eat and my back would be killing me by the end of the feeding even in my comfy rocking chair. Well, I don't know if you've tried it or not but I hope you find relief:-)

Natasha - posted on 08/18/2009

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make sure ur sitting comfortably, and u have lots of pillows and cushions so that their taking the weight of the baby and not you! i dont know what else to tell you because it should usually ease with changing position, have u tried lying down??? but pillows are the key!! good luck xx

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