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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by kay on Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:30 pm

My boobs are sore, i feel like the love child of Dolly Parton and Jordan, and they feel like they 17 stone each!

I havent been leaking at all yet, as he has been finishing 1 boob and then i offer him 2nd, so im not sure what the consistancy of the milk is at the moment, as i havent needed to express yet either.

Until this afternoon, he has fed anything between hourly and 3 hourly, for between 10 and 30 minutes, usually both boobs.
He is now really guzzling for about 10 minutes, then unlatching himself pretty much asleep. He'll then try to suck his fingers off about 10 minutes later, so i am offering same breast again until he comes off, and then 2nd breast.
He is feeding for less time, but seems to be getting more, if that makes sense.

My nips are ok - i have the '20 second toe curl', and then it feels ok. I wouldnt say it is 'pleasant', but it certainly isnt horrible or painful..
I am putting Lansinoh on after each feed as i have ha a bit of cracking- it is doing a fantastic job.

Does all this sound about normal?

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Post by Natasha on Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:36 pm

:bighug: YES!!!! very normal Kay!

Though I will say, when you offer him the second boob are you offering him that one when he goes back on again?

If not please do that so the supply will be similar on either side.

Also, how are you laching him on?

Have you looked at these videos yet?
http://www.breastfeeding.com/helpme/helpme_video.html

They are really good to watch.


Your doing very well Kay, so proud of you :aww:

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Post by kay on Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:49 pm

Yes, I am offering them both the same.
Ie - 10 mins on right, off, back on right. then offer left til he had enough.
next feed, start on left and repeat process.

well, pretty much anyway! Razz

I am using a reminder bracelet, and both boobs are getting same usage, if that makes sense.
Once i have the let down sensation and know he is finishing a breast, i assume it will be a bit easier - i am still waiting for this, so dont know how it feels yet.

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Post by jools on Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:52 pm

It all sounds spot on! You're doing great! cheers
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Post by Natasha on Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:58 pm

kay wrote:Yes, I am offering them both the same.
Ie - 10 mins on right, off, back on right. then offer left til he had enough.
next feed, start on left and repeat process.

well, pretty much anyway! Razz

I am using a reminder bracelet, and both boobs are getting same usage, if that makes sense.
Once i have the let down sensation and know he is finishing a breast, i assume it will be a bit easier - i am still waiting for this, so dont know how it feels yet.


To make sure hes drained a breast I would keep going on the one until he couldn't get anymore, then offer second if still hungry and then give that second one you finished on first ( like you are ) until its drained.

If you keep putting him on the one you finished last and making sure you drain it well enough, it should be fine hun x

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Post by ldnug on Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:19 pm

Sounds like it is going well Kay - remember the toe curling well!!
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Post by Kasia80 on Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:23 pm

Welcome in Breastfeeding Newborn, Kay!

And hey! 3 days already cheers Wink
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Post by piesmummy2006 on Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:51 pm

awwww :aww:

well done both of you, sounds like your doing great! am getting well broody! i miss having a baby. xxx
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Post by kay on Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:16 pm

Midwife has been out today, and she is really happy with everything bliss

He is feeding really well - overnight he was falling off the boob with milk oozing down his chin Razz
His poo is yellow and very loose with a few 'bird seedy' bits - MW had a look and said it is excellent indicater of truly happy :boob: baby cheers

The only thing i havent experienced yet is the let down- im not sure when boobs are empty - they feel constantly full and heavy! I am letting him come off on jis own, and re-offering same breast as i said in previous post, but im obviously needing to put him on both boobs. i just dont want any implications of not emptying boob, if that makes sense!

Other than that, MW checked latch and position - all fine.

All in all, i am very settled and happy at the moment with it cheers

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Post by Natasha on Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:39 pm

Your doing so well Kay!!!

If its the case of you've got loads in both, give it at least half hour or more per boob, so after the first feed, re offer that one for 5 and then swop onto the other and do about 30 odd mins, re offer on next feed and then do that again on the other side if you get me scratch

As for the let down, I didn't start feeling that until Oli was at least 3 months old, maybe abit younger?

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Post by piesmummy2006 on Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:42 pm

overnight he was falling off the boob with milk oozing down his chin

awwwww how cute!

i didn't feel the let down till late either your doing so well hun!
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Post by angpixi on Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:39 am

sounds like youre doing great both of you! cheers :boob: :aww:
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Post by Kasia80 on Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:05 pm

U might never feel letdown, kay, some mums just don't.
Signs for letdown:
baby swallowing faster and longer brakes between sucking, as milk comes fast on its own.
Baby is sucking really fast and strong on the beggining of nursing session and then slows down and strarts to swallow. Then takes little rest and starts to suck fast and strong again till next let down happens, and so on till belly is full.
It can be itching under armpit, tingling around chest area and itching of breasts. It doesn't have to be limited to breast/ nipple sensation. Nausea is common for mums also when they have let down, as oxytocin- the hormone cousing let down can make you feel bit sick ( http://breastbuddies.nice-forum.com/breastfeeding-problems-f17/feel-sick-when-i-get-a-let-down-t356.htm) Or you might feel nothing.

What you could try is when Cory pops off breast, burb him gently, give his lower back good rum, the same with belly- to get air out- and try to latch him on the same breast. And offer second one only if he starts to be unpatient with first one: unlatches and gives a fuss, cries at breast etc , or you can't see him swallowing often.


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Post by Kasia80 on Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:06 pm

Oh, and congratulations on day 5 :cheer:
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Post by kay on Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:07 pm

Thankyou :aww:

I had a frustrating couple of hours last night - he wouldnt latch onto right breast at all, and kept moving his head off. tried him different positions, winded him etc, he was starting to make nip sore. Boob was full, so not sure why. I ended up putting him back on the left which he took fine.
I then offered right during night and he was fine on it scratch

Today he has latched onto both fine cheers
They both feel very full still, although I can tell which he fed from last now.
Ive also started leaking from the opposite when i am feeding. Razz

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Post by Kasia80 on Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:12 pm

bless, maybe because he can hear your heartbeat on left side.I'm sure he is missing this sound :aww:

Sounds like you are doing just great!

When you see he is getting all upset with you and crossed its good to take time out- hand him over to Dave or let boys play with him for few min; it will allow you cool off, because babies feel mum;s stress and get more upset. I was just laying Maya on bed in fron of me and taking deep breaths and em...saying something Wink
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Post by kay on Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:17 pm

I think it was the same 'something' i was................. :wm:

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Post by Kasia80 on Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:45 pm

You speak Polish too Shocked :haha:

:aww: Time outs saved my sanity.


Oh, wait... I never had one :lmao:
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Post by ldnug on Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:08 pm

Sounds like things are going well. I never felt the let down myself - we are all different i suppose.

I agree with Katie give yourself time out if you get stressed it works wonders ( as does coming on here!!)

Just think before you know it you will be the resident expert!
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Post by Kasia80 on Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:08 pm

Kay, you know- when you are feeding Cory and you start leaking on other side: this is when you have let down.
Or if you suddenly start leaking even if you don't feed him.
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Post by kay on Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:03 am

I took him to clinic and he has put on 1 lb in just under 2 weeks!!! cheers
so he is 8lb 14 now - little fatty! Razz

And he is 4 weeks today Shocked Where did that go?

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Post by jools on Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:31 am

Wow that is brilliant! cheers :boob: :boob:

Happy 4 weeks Corey! cheers :aww:
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Post by Kasia80 on Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:33 am

Well done!!!
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Post by piesmummy2006 on Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:43 pm

bliss well done! bliss
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Post by Helen on Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:14 pm

thats brilliant kay! bliss
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