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  #21  
May 24th, 2013, 02:28 PM
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HAHA! I don't think I would ever get used to that too. But, everyone knows you are doing an amazing job with them!
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May 24th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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I drew blood on a 16 year old girl here and she told me she pumps at school! I was so happy to hear that!
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May 24th, 2013, 04:41 PM
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Oh that's so awesome! I truly think there is a huge difference between teen moms. There the ones that don't care and don't grow up and then there are the ones that are amazing, and BF is one of them. I give them kudos.
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May 26th, 2013, 06:43 PM
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I'm currently tandem nursing. Wish DS would give it up once and for all honestly. Ha. I had no support and learned how to BF with a book. If we had any issues, I doubt if we would have been so successful because of the lack of resources there. With Zoe she latched well, but we've been dealing with a dairy protein intolerance since she was 2 weeks. It was really hard that first month avoiding all dairy and I feel for moms who have to avoid more than just diary for their babies! I also had reoccurring plugged milk ducts and up until recently had to take lecithin supplements for it. BFing isn't easy and I really wish there was better information and support in hospitals and follow up care.
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May 26th, 2013, 08:37 PM
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^^

Did you ever feel like giving up BF since it was not always easy? Did you at least have support from DH?
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May 27th, 2013, 10:54 AM
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My husband has always been supportive.
When my son was just shy of 2 weeks old, I got a bad case of mastitis. My husband was at work and couldn't get off since it was military training. I couldn't drive. Had no formula in the house. It SUCKED. But after surviving that I never once thought about giving up BFing. I think if I had formula around I would have turned to it, but I was told to keep it out of the house to help me succeed. Never once had a moment of not wanting to not BF with Zoe.
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May 27th, 2013, 09:43 PM
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That's awesome that DH supports you. That helps a lot. DH did too for me, I wish it worked. I still leak (like I said earlier) and to this day, it's a constant reminder of what my body could do and what I could not do. Even though I could, Drake could not. He is healthy not so that's all that matters. /sigh
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May 29th, 2013, 08:07 AM
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I breastfed for 21 months, we just stopped about 2 weeks ago. It was really hard in the beginning, at 3 weeks old she was still below her birth weight. She was such a sleepy baby she wouldn't take enough to grow, and in turn in effected my supply.

I had a lot of support from health professionals though (health nurses and a breastfeeding specialist - a dr who is also a lactation consultant). That helped. We supplemented and breastfed for about a month and then she started to refuse the supplement. It was smooth sailing after that.

I also took domperidone to help with supply until she was about 15 months old.
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I bf'ed for 16 weeks. Dd was a sleepy baby, had troubles latching, and was given formula before she ever nursed. I made the decision to EP. I had a severe lack of support from my mom and DH. I pumped in my car. I never had enough milk to keep up with DD. I dropped to an oz. a day and gave up.

I was a happier mom when I quit. I will try again to bf again, but I won't struggle with for as long as I did with DD.
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I breastfed my first 3. I wasn't going to BF this time, but now I think I will. Long story. I loved it all 3 times, though. Sometimes supply is a struggle for me.
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June 1st, 2013, 01:27 AM
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I hope that supply is not a struggle for you this time.
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June 1st, 2013, 09:53 AM
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I breastfed my first until he self-weaned at 10 months. My second until he self-weaned at 15 months. And we are on round three now, only 3 weeks in though

I am lucky and have found breastfeeding rather easy. It was smooth sailing with my first. His latch, my production, everything. Which was a blessing because I can see it could have been so hard.

My biggest issues are oversupply, getting mastitis often (usually 3-4 times with each kid), and my second had a weak latch that required me to hold my breast the entire time he nursed. And my third had a complete tongue tie, but they discovered it immediately (it was severe) and she had it clipped while in the hospital on her second day. I did nurse her that first day, but it was very painful and she got frustrated because she just couldn't get a good latch and wasn't able to move the colostrum down her throat. She was rather voracious that second day, when she was able to move her tongue around.

So I have been lucky. I had good support from my mom and DH. But I do think it made a huge difference that my first was so easy. Gave me confidence.
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June 1st, 2013, 10:35 AM
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I hope that supply is not a struggle for you this time.
My previous struggles with supply are a bit part of why my husband didn't want me to breastfeed this time. I literally was CONSTANTLY breastfeeding for the first year. Like you know how babies nurse through a growth spurt? That's how my babies have to nurse ALL.THE.TIME. And that was with taking supplements (the supplements I took were great, though!). Anyway, so we agreed we would breastfeed this time but in a more relaxed way and if supplement if needed instead of trying to "breastfeed through it" or take tons of supplements, make tons of dietary changes, etc. I hope I can EBF, but this feels like a good compromise with my husband that if the choices are be a slave to BF to EBF or supplement my BFing, then I will supplement this time.

So I say now. We'll see... I can get stubborn sometimes.
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June 3rd, 2013, 03:36 PM
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I'm not currently, but when we have Future Baby I am going to. I loved breastfeeding before but always got discouraged by the people around me. I've already told my fiance' that if he or anyone in his family has anything negative to say about my decision to breastfeed, they can eat my fist. Not really, but kind of.

I loved sitting and holding my babies and snoozing with them when they would fall asleep eating. The hardest part was the lack of support and it was pretty painful when I first started.
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June 4th, 2013, 05:01 AM
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Oh yeah I know what you mean. Drake BF every 2 hours and BF for an hour and a half at a time so I was literally ALWAYS bf. I can relate.

It was pretty painful for me too when I started. My nipples bled BAD.
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