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July 17th, 2013, 03:12 PM
MamaSkunk's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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So they say one thing that impacts your milk supply is stress. The past few days my milk supply has taken a hit because my DD has decided now is the time to act out. All day long she doesn't listen and I feel like I am constantly having to yell at her for one thing or another..she keeps waking little man up minutes after he's fallen asleep so he is a complete grumpy mess. She has taken to being really sassy and hitting(Me, DH and the pets). The only one she is nice to is little man and he gets hugs and kisses and she wants to constantly be with him so I know she isn't upset about him. I am certain this is just typical 2 year old phases but holy crap I am getting tired of having to yell since she won't even listen to anyone. She is really stressing me out! I love her to death but omg this has got to stop before I loose my milk and dry up.

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July 17th, 2013, 03:50 PM
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Hugs - hope things improve soon. I know that my 8 year old is constantly coming to kiss his baby sister. At the same time, I know he is craving his along with mommy time. I have taken him to a special dinner (just the two of us - and as special as Cicis - his pick, can be). I know it is super hard. Perhaps a couple of hours with just DD would help.

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July 18th, 2013, 05:51 AM
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I have been having similar issues with Anna. She is only 2 months older than yours. I bought a book of Disney princess stickers (she is obsessed with Disney princesses and LOVES stickers). She doesn't know where they are and I don't mention that I have them, but when she is doing a good job listening, I bust out the stickers, totally out of the blue, give her one (I let her tell me which princess), and make a big deal about how great it is that she is being such a good listener. It is working really well. Things have gotten a lot better in the last few days.

I also try to be able to hold her more and try to hand Lena off to DH when she is not eating. We've also done things like making pancakes together (one of her favorite foods). It's a tough balancing act, but you're an awesome mom. She will come around. Hugs!
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July 18th, 2013, 06:52 AM
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Aww maybe she wants the baby all to herself. Aiden is 1 and we still nurse. Many issues can affect supply. For me staying hydrated and eating more can c ause supply to drop. Even when baby starts solids it can affect it. Missing feedings can affect it. Also one thing that affected it most was when af returned. Yes I got my period 4 months pp. And a few days before af comes my supply drops significantly. Thank God I had started Aiden on solids than. As for dd she's just over protective. I hope it gets better for you sweets.
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July 18th, 2013, 06:58 AM
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Connor is doing the exact same thing. Although he started just about the same time she came home, and is getting slightly better as the weeks wear on.

It's such a big change to the "only" children who were so used to it being just you and them 24/7, even more so for the SAHMs. Now they are having to get used to it NOT being just you and them and you can't spend every second with them or paying attention to them because the baby's need our attention as well. Basically it was told to me that they will adjust and get used to it, just give them time. They are most likely acting out for attention, they want your full attention, but on the flip side, ignoring the behavior won't make it better. Don't give in and continue to discipline as you would have before baby came along (I had a problem with this in the beginning because I felt like disciplining him would have made him more upset with all of us or her). And definitely try to have some one and one time with her, even if you don't go anywhere. When baby is sleeping, do something special with her for an hour or two.

I'm sure it will get better eventually! Hopefully sooner rather than later!!

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