Reply
Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Love Wedge +2:</b>" As long as Bub is nursing as much as he ... [snip!] ... NO!! Don't waste your time :D unless you're going to go back to work within 6 months and want to build up your freezer stash."

I exclusively pumped for the first 8 weeks, it was exhausting! lol

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
18th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Love Wedge +2:</b>" I exclusively pumped for the first 8 weeks, it was exhausting! lol"</blockquote>




Put that pump in a cupboard, lady! Haha, you're awesome for sticking at it and getting baby latched! Seriously awesome!

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Love Wedge +2:</b>" I exclusively pumped for the first 8 weeks, ... [snip!] ... Put that pump in a cupboard, lady! Haha, you're awesome for sticking at it and getting baby latched! Seriously awesome!"

Thank you!!



We've been EBF for 7 weeks now :)

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
18th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Love Wedge +2:</b>" Thank you!! We've been EBF for 7 weeks now :) "</blockquote>




Congrats! I bet it's so much easier than EPing, I hated pumping so much I only did it a couple of times, I had no real need to though!

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting Sofia's Mummy♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Love Wedge +2:</b>" Thank you!! We've been EBF for 7 weeks ... [snip!] ... I bet it's so much easier than EPing, I hated pumping so much I only did it a couple of times, I had no real need to though!"

Sooo much easier. I get way more sleep, too lol.

Lady Blumensh9 33 kids; Yachats, Oregon 1524 posts
18th Dec '12
Quoting Mama❍Moon:" aww just ignore them. I've been trying to get my son to take a bottle but not because I want to stop ... [snip!] ... is best, no matter how many people don't support the idea or how difficult it gets, we are doing what is best for our LO's :) "

Brooke is 9.5 months old and she took a bottle from 4-7 months and now she is refusing them again. I work 5+ hours a day and she still refuses them. So it is okay if you don't give a bottle sometimes they just don't take them. We are going to try giving her breast milk in her sippy while I am at work to see if she will take it that way. At 9.5 months she is still 95% exclusively breastfed. We offer solids throughout the day, but she doesn't eat them.

The Blissful Six 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Massachusetts 10260 posts
19th Dec '12
Quoting Love Wedge +2:" Thank you!! We've been EBF for 7 weeks now :) "


That's awesome!! WTG!

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
19th Dec '12
Quoting Love Wedge +2:" Thank you!! We've been EBF for 7 weeks now :) "

YAY you! Hang up those horns girl! You never *have to* pump as long as you don't need the baby to take a bottle for any reason.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
19th Dec '12

Quoting Lady Blumensh9:" Brooke is 9.5 months old and she took a bottle from 4-7 months and now she is refusing them again. I ... [snip!] ... that way. At 9.5 months she is still 95% exclusively breastfed. We offer solids throughout the day, but she doesn't eat them."

I've always had better luck getting them to take milk from a straw. You plug the end of the straw while it is in liquid & then put the othe rend (still plugging it) in their mouth & le tit drain out. Do that several times & then stop releasing it & see if they will suck at that end a little & after about 8-10 times most babies have the idea of sucking the straw. And I don't mean 8-10 separate tries - I mean in one setting. I've never had a baby that I can't teach to drink from a straw in about 5 minutes....and I mean from 5 months old & up. Also mine did a bottle strike (my older one) when I worked & woudl go 7 hrs without any milk & then nurse all the res tof the time...and his weight gain never changed. It is called reverse cycling. It WILL impact how they sleep, as you won't get along stretch at night (they are doing their "long stretch" during the day. But it is one of those things that you just try to work with.



You may find this helpful too: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/alternative-feeding/ Some babies do well with just an open cup. My 2nd did & he never touched a bottle after about 3 months. He just wouldn't take one.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
19th Dec '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" My b**bs hurt so bad this morning. Lucia suckled all night long. My baby sucks! haha But, still going ... [snip!] ... strong with out any formula! Yay! And my breasts aren't cracked anymore or anything... I think we are going to make it! :D"

:D:D:D



It's good when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Try coconut oil for nipple soreness - I thought it worked better than lanolin for frequent nursing soreness.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
19th Dec '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" I'll have to look into that! A friend just got me a tube of lanolin, and it feels pretty damn great so far! haha Much better than when I was using nothing! "

Of girl you can't use nothing! At least not early on. :)

Sofie+#2 Due March 10; TTC since Jun 2014; 1 child; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7383 posts
19th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:</b>" My b**bs hurt so bad this morning. Lucia suckled all night long. My baby sucks! haha But, still going ... [snip!] ... strong with out any formula! Yay! And my breasts aren't cracked anymore or anything... I think we are going to make it! :D"</blockquote>




I'm SO pleased for you, and proud of you!
You are so going to make it :)

Samantha (+ 1.5) Due September 14 (boy); 1 child; Rhode Island 6168 posts
status 19th Dec '12

Unfortunately at 6.5 months PP I am returning to work. LO is breastfed and eats solids twice a day. I will be working 3 days a week, 2 - 6 hour shifts and 1 - 12 hour shift. She will be taking bottles of formula while I am gone because I only have a single hand pump and only get less than 1/2 an ounce when I pump.




She still nurses all night long and will be breastfed the days I am not working, do you think my supply will be okay even though I will be going long periods without feeding her or pumping?

The Blissful Six 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Massachusetts 10260 posts
19th Dec '12
Quoting Samanthaaaa ♥:" Unfortunately at 6.5 months PP I am returning to work. LO is breastfed and eats solids twice a day. I ... [snip!] ... I am not working, do you think my supply will be okay even though I will be going long periods without feeding her or pumping?"


Your supply should adjust as long as she continues to nurse when she's with you.

Lady Blumensh9 33 kids; Yachats, Oregon 1524 posts
19th Dec '12
Quoting Rumpelstiltskin:" My daughter has been on me all day. I cannot put her down, and when she is awake she wants to nurse. ... [snip!] ... still have milk and I do... Is this just a phase? Growing or should I call my pedi (who will advice me to give her formula)? "


Sounds like a growth spurt. Just keep doing what you're doing..