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Lexi breastfed continuously from the moment we got home from the hospital yesterday (5 pm) until 2 am. I was this close to getting a bottle with formula. In desperation I used a pacifier, but apparently you aren't supposed to until 4 weeks when breastfeeding is more established. Thoughts?
I'm pretty sure my milk came in yesterday - is she just catching up?
Avery is almost 3 weeks and she still cluster feeds. She'll graze on me all day and around 8 every night she starts eating every hour or so until around 2am. It's finally starting to level out though and she's getting a more routine feeding schedule. It was hard trying to keep up with her eating in the beginning but it does get better. As for the pacifier, our LC said to wait 2 weeks on the paci, we did but only because she doesn't like it. She still won't use it. If you use it and it helps I say go for it. I know I sure tried when we got home hoping it would help go longer between feedings but she wanted no part of it. I think 4 weeks is overkill. If baby is having a problem latching and eating well already I would probably hold off on it but is she's not having problems at the breast I think it's fine to use.
I think this is totally normal. DS did this as soon as my milk came in. He had lost almost 2 lbs. in the hospital, and doc said he was "catching up." He gained back his birth weight within a week and a half.
I had actually planned on not giving DS a pacifier at all, but while I was in the hospital, one of the nurses gave him one while he was in the nursery. They didn't even ask me, which irritated me, but in the end it didn't really matter. We didn't have any nipple confusion or any other issues associated with the paci. He only used one for about 4 months, which is when he cut his first tooth.
I wouldn't worry too much about following any strict guidelines on pacis, etc., as long as you're comfortable with it, and baby is already latching properly. Trust me when I say, they can tell the difference between a paci (& no milk) and a breast.
As for the paci, I went into childrearing believing I would NOT give one, and ended up giving him one the day we went home from the hospital because I felt sorry for him screaming so much in his little car seat. It never gave us any problems for nursing.
I understand wanting to be careful. But at the same time, if you have been around your son's germs, your body has already been making antibodies to his cold, and your little Lexi will be getting those antibodies through your milk. Of course it's still a good idea to have him wash his hands and to be careful, but she also has a degree of protection from your breastmilk.
I think "family germs" are a lot safer for babies than germs from elsewhere, for that reason.
I know how you felt during those darn cluster feedings! I wouldn't give formula but I was dead tired and had only slept about 3 hours since going into labor. I read that formula fed babies also go through the same cluster feeding and fussiness where they want more and more just the same as bfed babies (http://kellymom.com/parenting/parent...fussy-evening/)
Now they'll mostly cluster feed at growth spurts. Some common growth spurts are the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months.... so prepare for those days where you'll sit and be a human paci. During those days try to recognize what they are trying to do so that your milk supply does what it needs to.
We also gave a paci here because sometimes I need a shower or I want to be the one who helps DD do things. Koa has taken to the soothies and gumdrops pacis. I also have to go to school tomorrow night, so hopefully a paci will help DH and baby a bit.
Now i'm dealing with the engorgement. I read it's worse the second time around and that it's usually worse in smaller breasted women...........so yeah it's bad for me!!
Cabbage leaves between feedings and hand expressing before feedings have helped so much. I can't wait to visit our clinic tomorrow! How are you all doing with the engorgement?
I also asked the RN/LC art our clinic about the paci. I told her I know it's not highly recommended but I HAVE to go to school.... and I asked if there was one that resembled the breast more because some pacis are flat, others look like a new lipstick, or the soothies/gumdrops look like a pole. She said the soothies were the best because they don't affect the formation of the babies palate and don't affect their sucking motions as much as the others do. She said it way better than I can remember....-- i'm not sure if that's what most LC's would say, but I was wondering about there being a recommended paci for bfed babies, so I just wanted to share.
DD only took the MAM ones and had no trouble with nursing and/or speech. Koa's 4 days old now and only uses it here and there and doesn't want/need it to go to sleep so I won't force it more than necessary, but I'd rather him use a paci than his fingers, because eventually you can throw the pacis away but not his fingers lol
I'm jealous of the breast feeding stories ladies, after I had Brock we had a good thing going but now it's not working. My Puppps rash has exploded and I'm so worried to put him on my chest. We see his Ped tomorrow so I'm hoping to find some answers. Working on pumping today, my milk still hasn't come in.