Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:27 pm
Post subject: Bf mummies please help me :(
baby wants to be on the breast all the time
my LO is 3 days old now although i only started breast feeding her this morning (started bottle feeding when first born but changed my mind) Her first feed was really good, latched on straight away fed for 30 mins then got wind up and went in moses basket for two hours before wanting her next feed.
After the first feed it's a completely different story. All she does now is latches, feeds, winds half the time then other half doesn't bring any wind up at all, then she stops feeding, i then try putting her down in her Moses basket but straight away she's sucking at her hand then screams until I feed her again so when I say constant feeding I mean constant it's not even an hour, 30 mins or even 10 between feeds, it's constant!! She just doesn't seem to fill up! It is coming out of my breast and she must be getting something because when she comes away I can often see orange dripping down her cheek.
Please has anyone got any advice? What am I
Doing wrong? I'm so determined not give up
Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:36 am
They feed heaps and heaps those first few weeks so you are doing just fine. It might take a little longer because you didn't feed those first few days. I had to pump the first few days and it took a while for my milk to come in. The best thing to do is just let her feed and feed (exhausting I know!) and then your breasts will know how much to produce for her. As long as she isn't getting dehydrated (having lots of wet nappies) it will be just fine. Good on you for giving it a go. Breast feeding can be REALLY hard at times, but worth it in the end!
Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:42 am
If your milk is still orangy then it's still the colostrum she's getting, it will take a couple of days to change because you've only just started to BF so it's normal for baby to feed little and aften to help that happen, in a couple of days though when the normal milk comes in she should settle down and go longer between feeds . You're not doing anything wrong , and some bf babies have very little wind , I found that i never needed to do all the back rubbing and patting that i did when i bottle fed .
Some babies use the breast for comfort as well though and if it gets too much and you start to get sore then I'd try a dummy sometimes, not really recommended when BF but my son had one at first, as he was prem to encourage his sucking reflex, and he still BF fine and by the time he was 2 weeks old we stopped it with no problems .
You can feel like you have a baby permanently attached to your boob the first few days, but honestly it does get better xxx
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:24 pm
I think most babies are the same, I used a dummy as a distraction! They do advise against it but we never had a problem with it! I used to pump when she was asleep as well too keep encouraging my milk! It is hard but it should calm down! Keep at it and good luck! x x
Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:14 am
Sounds like you're doing a great job so well done! The advice the other mums have given you sounds great, but if you need further info, contact the La Leche breastfeeding support group. I found them so helpful! I don't know the contact details off the top of my head but just put it in Google. Good luck with it and try to stick with it if you can.x
Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:05 pm
Her feeding constantly is good!! she is telling your breast to make milk, the more she feed in the first few weeks the more milk you will be able to produce. It may be hard now but in the future it means you will be able to meet her needs as she grows
I found it handy to put LO in a sling and let her feed whilst i got on with my day, also meant she cried less as she was comforted by the contact.
Hope is all well for you now
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:55 am
Thank you all so much for your replies. Unfortunately I had to give up breast feeding after a week, I really did try my best (although felt very very guilty at the time giving up!) but I have a 3 year old aswel and he just wasnt getting any attention from me, it got to the point where he actually told me I didn't love him anymore so that was the breaking point for me although I only lasted a week I've finally accepted it and am proud of myself for trying and know that I did give my baby girl some goodness in the week that I did do it for xx
Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:45 pm