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Exclusively Breastfeeding A&A's Mommy Due January 5 (girl); 1 child; Cartersville, Georgia 688 posts
28th Aug '13

Planning to ebf with dd2. Any tips from mamas? I supplemented with dd1 and I regret it I wish I would have ebf so I am determined now!

ElleBelle (32 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 21624 posts
28th Aug '13

Co sleep and don't ever keep formula in the house. It's way too tempting in a bad night at 3am

BastiansMommy 1 child; Lacey, WA, United States 2433 posts
28th Aug '13

GET A BOPPY (or something similar)!!! lmao
I wish I had had one when I was BF...no matter how I propped up the pillows...it just wouldn't work out right.

nursemaya mom to 3! 3 kids; 5 angel babies; Minnesota 16003 posts
28th Aug '13

Don't use pacifiers and put baby to breast every feeding cue. In the first 3-5 days that will likely be every 20 min and will include cluster feeding sessions that will last 3-5+ hours of constant feeding. Trust that the frequent feedings are normal and temporary keep telling yourself this too shall pass and you can get through it. The most frequent reason for supplementation is thinking there isn't enough milk just because of normal frequent feedings

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
28th Aug '13

Have a pump so when you are stressed and want to give a bottle it's still breast milk

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3466 posts
28th Aug '13

One tip is be determined! There will be times in the best of bfig relationships where you might just not 'be feeling it' that day, or even week, but push through and it gets better. There is so much to enjoy...things you enjoy at 5 months of bfing will not be the same at 15 months, there is always new things that happen. Though, perhaps that is full term bfing not just exclusively bfing.

Juggernog-aholic 4 kids; 2 angel babies; P, AR, United States 20151 posts
28th Aug '13
Quoting Elliot Grace and TTC #2:" Co sleep and don't ever keep formula in the house. It's way too tempting in a bad night at 3am"


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And don't feel like you aren't making enough just cause baby is nursing a lot.

A&A's Mommy Due January 5 (girl); 1 child; Cartersville, Georgia 688 posts
28th Aug '13

Thank you all! I'm gonna try all of this and I'm not gonna bother buying formula. The hospital with dd1 pushed for me to supplement I was 18 and I just went with it I didn't know what to do so this time I guess I'll tell them no thanks!

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
28th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" One tip is be determined! There will be times in the best of bfig relationships where you might just ... [snip!] ... same at 15 months, there is always new things that happen. Though, perhaps that is full term bfing not just exclusively bfing."</blockquote>




I agree with all of this. I nurse my 2 month old and 16 month old. My 16 month old wouldn't latch for over 6 weeks and would scream. I'd always tell him I was more stubborn than him and would win. And I did :-D he's still a happy booby baby. Personally I much prefer toddler and older infant feeds to the baby because they know what they are doing and I don't have to sit there and hold it for them.

That girl Amber +2 2 kids; California 6981 posts
28th Aug '13

Join a breastfeeding group or 4 on fb or other social site. Support is essential.



Clusterfeeding is normal. Baby eating often and during the night is normal. Pump output is NOT indicative of milk production. If baby is meeting milestones, has 6-10 wet and/or dirty diapers a day and is thriving do not worry about the numbers on the scale. Most pedis do not use the WHO charts and use formula charts for weight. Do not let anyone push you into anything you dont want to do. If you have other questions you can always PM me.

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3466 posts
28th Aug '13

Oh! If your ever bfing, and your baby is fussy and crying ans your breasts dont feel full....it just means baby is going through a growth spurt (unless not enough wet diapers).

That girl Amber +2 2 kids; California 6981 posts
28th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" Oh! If your ever bfing, and your baby is fussy and crying ans your breasts dont feel full....it just means baby is going through a growth spurt (unless not enough wet diapers)."</blockquote>




Yes!! Make sure to mark down the growth spurt weeks and familiarize yourself with "wonder weeks"

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
28th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting eKnuckles:</b>" Oh! If your ever bfing, and your baby is fussy and crying ans your breasts dont feel full....it just means baby is going through a growth spurt (unless not enough wet diapers)."</blockquote>




To add to this, if they tug at your nipple that's normal too. It's how they get more to let down. And also have a lot of help around the house at home the first bit too because some nights you will be stuck nursing all night... I swear, the first 3 months or so it's a miracle if I get to cook dinner instead of my husband.

sick_girl Due February 24; 17 kids; Essen, Germany 3089 posts
1st Sep '13

Thank you all for the good advice. I'm going through the same thing. I was unsuccessful in BFing DD and I'm determined to be better prepared and committed to EBF this next one.