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November 5th, 2010, 08:45 AM
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so my milk came in over night Wednesday night. Yesterday I could feel my boobs getting bigger and harder. Ripley ate several times throughout the day, but not for very long. I assume it's because all of a sudden she was getting full, so she didn't need to be nursing as long. HOWEVER, last night she only nursed twice for about 7 minutes each. I am huge and in pain. I have been using a heating pad and trying to hand express some for relief, and also to make my nipple more accessible to her.

HERE IS THE PROBLEM: every so often she flat out rejects the boobs. She acts like she wants to eat, then will not shut her mouth over the boob. OR she will start to suckle, then pull away and start crying. She has been doing this periodically since birth. But yesterday she did it twice during the day (gets so worked up DH has to take her and calm her down), and all night last night! I'm afraid she's not getting enough and that my boobs are going to explode or that I'm going to get sick. I'm going to go take a shower now to try to relieve some pain.

PLEASE HELP!!
Anyone have a baby that rejected the boob periodically?
Anyone get engorged, or really full and what did you do??
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November 5th, 2010, 08:58 AM
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I wish I had some advice. Can you see a lactation specialist?
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November 5th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Honestly... your best bet is to find an LC to help you. But it might just be that you need to self express more. If you are too engorged it's hard for baby to latch, but it sounds like you know that. Maybe try to get one of those cheap hand pumps?
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November 5th, 2010, 10:59 AM
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My baby had a hard time latching when I was too full. I had to pump a little first to make it easier for her. That was only for the first couple days though.
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November 5th, 2010, 11:23 AM
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If you can't pump, just manually express some out to make them not so hard.
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November 5th, 2010, 06:29 PM
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I wish I had some pearls of wisdom for you to fix it all right now! I would definitely recommend a good LC. They are worth their weight in gold! Good luck and hugs!
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November 5th, 2010, 06:47 PM
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Agreed you need to find a LC!! And yes if you are too engourged it's hard on baby - the pressure of the flow might be overwhelming her too. So you need to find a pump. Some drug stores will rent them per day for cheep. (((hugs)))
oh - you can press on your nipple a bit before she eats to soften it - but it is way easier for someone to help you in person. You don't say where you are - can you call the la leche league? they can help you find support too.
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November 5th, 2010, 09:01 PM
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I had a really hard time in the beginning. Showers help, but it takes a while. I found the best way was with a hot pack. I have one of those packs full of rice that you microwave. I would press it around the breast for a little bit, and then express into a cloth diaper. Then i would try mostly to get express the milk around my nipple. He was then able to latch better. Sometimes it would take half and hour to get him latched because he just couldn't get it. It gets better though. HTH!
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November 5th, 2010, 10:12 PM
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thanks for the replies! I do have a pump and just got it out and ready. Although my midwife said to try not to use it unless I get super uncomfy, and then only to relieve the pressure. I have been using a heating pad with a wet washcloth, so soften up my nipples (work on the scabs that I got the first couple of days), and have been hand expressing into a towel.

Then I just leave them alone and hand express as I go along?

I will look into LLL tomorrow to see if there is a lactation consultant nearby. The problem is I need someone to help me out when the baby is refusing the boob but acting really hungry otherwise. She did this last night for 3 hours, so she basically just screamed for that whole time. I just don't understand why she really wants to eat, then gets so mad. I can never tell before hand which way it will go.

I try to catch her before she cries, so its not like she's mad when she starts to eat. She just start sucking, then gets really mad.

Anyone know why this would be?
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November 6th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Maybe your let down is a little too strong? Is she gagging or chocking too? The first few weeks of nursing can be so frustrating and difficult but it for sure gets easier! Be persistent and maybe stop by the breastfeeding board and see what they have to say?
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November 6th, 2010, 09:07 PM
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How does your nipple look after she feeds? It should NOT look like new lipstick. and does it hurt when she eats (for more than a few seconds)? If either of those things is happening - she needs a better latch.
kellymom.com :: Latching and Positioning Resources here is a link tohelp you get a good latch - this whole website is fantastic. good luck hugs you are doing great and i promise it gets better!!!!
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