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Rose83
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Apr 8th, 2016, 20:00 PM   #76
 
Right I have a question for those breast feeding. Are you all doing it on demand or trying to get into some kind of schedule? With my daughter I was feeding every 3 hours and that seemed to be quite regular even before I switched to expressing. But with this little man I just seem to be feeding constantly - apart from at night where he will go for a 4 hour stretch then a 3 hour - rest of time it's no longer than every 2 hours and obviously one of those hours could be taken up with the last feed so you're only getting an hour break x
 
 

 
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Apr 9th, 2016, 04:46 AM   #77
 
Hey Rose, a schedule didn't work for me, I tried timing every 3 hours because I forgot about looking for cues, but by the time I got to him even if i was the one waking him from a sleep, he tended to be annoyed or frustrated. Now I look for the cues he feeds much more often I think, but he is happier and there is less of a battle.. At the minute I seem to be stuck on constant short feeds but maybe I'm not trying hard enough to get him to feed for longer?

It's hard to know what to do for the best!
 
 
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Apr 9th, 2016, 05:46 AM   #78
 
I'm feeding on demand and did with my first too. With my dd1 she fed every 2 hours like you are saying for a bit then she got herself into a routine, think about 2-3 months. It is hard but best way to keep supply up and you can't over feed a breastfed baby cause your body produces what your baby needs. Dd2 I haven't been writing down and keeping track of feeds, I don't look at clock I just feed her when she wants it. Sometimes it's only been half an hour, but other times it's been 4 hours! And well done of the night time feeds, that's sounds good! My dd2 is doing a good 3-5 hour stretch first off but then up every hour stil. xx
 
 

 
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Apr 9th, 2016, 12:00 PM   #79
 
Thanks ladies, good to hear you are all similar. Guess I'll just carry on, some days it feels like he is going for longer stretches then other times it feels like he is hanging off me constantly. He is also pretty sicky - this morning he had just fed for 5 minutes when he did a poo so as I'm changing him he silently brought up everything he had drunk! X
 
 

 
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Apr 9th, 2016, 12:06 PM   #80
 
Demand feeding here too Rose. Dd2 is hanging off me all day long - yesterday I hardly got a break. But we are trying to increase my supply as she's not gaining weight so I don't mind.

I was also instructed to express every 2 hours by the MW so it's very hard going!!! And told to feed nights every 2 hours too. I was so tired last night I alwpt through the last (5am) alarm!

I hope she starts gaining very soon as I am getting sore now
 
 

 
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Apr 9th, 2016, 17:21 PM   #81
 
We are also demand feeding and at the moment she seems to want feeds every 2.5-3 hours. But she'll only have around 5 feeds a day! Can take her time sometimes though, up to an hour most times bottle or boob. I watch for her cues to see when she is ready!
 
 

 
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Apr 11th, 2016, 12:45 PM   #82
 
Well here's a surprise...i was having trouble with some clotting a week ago and midwives said if I was still worried in a week to go to doctor. This morning I woke up with fresh red blood when it had just been some brown spotting and I was crampy. So I went to doctor...she thinks I'm having a period! Whilst breast feeding! She said it's rare but can happen and fits with the low mood I had over weekend and baby looking like milk doesn't taste normal x
 
 

 
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Apr 11th, 2016, 13:37 PM   #83
 
Oh no rose! That's one of the perks of breastfeeding- no periods! What a pain! At least you have a reason for your mood though. Maybe your body wants another one already?! Haha. Xx
 
 

 
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Apr 11th, 2016, 19:53 PM   #84
 
Hahaha bubbles, we do want four but we've said we don't want number 3 until number 2 is 2 years old. I don't really feel like it's normal period pains but I suppose I maybe just don't remember, it's been a while - I only had two inbetween babies! I felt like such a fool when the doctor said she was 99% sure I was having a period! X
 
 

 
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Apr 13th, 2016, 22:09 PM   #85
 
OMG! I missed so much in such a small space of time how are you all doing? Erin is 6 weeks old already. It's flying by. we have kind of had a rough few weeks which is why I haven't been on lately.
About 3 week a go Erin had a high temp of 38 so we had to rush to hospital for her to be seen straight away. Erin had blood tests and even a test for menigitis. All tests were clear, we had a 2 night stay in hospital so Erin could have anti biotic treatment. We were sent home the Sunday and had a phone call on the following Wednesday evening to say erin has a bug/infection growing in her bloodstream. So off back to the childrens ward where we had a further 5 night stay and another course of anti biotics. Cue a very stressed and worried mummy and daddy. Messed up routine from DD1. We have been home for about 2 weeks now. All's well. Erin has been so unsettled today and will only settle on me or OH. So I'm very tired.
I'm trying to catch up with the goings on in here but it seems you've all getting on very well. Congratulations to all. How is everyone finding parenthood?
 
 

 
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Apr 14th, 2016, 08:13 AM   #86
 
I wondered where you had been Twinkle , scary times!! I'm glad Erin is ok ....

After Aubree's 5 days of anti b's she will only settle on me! Won't sleep in her crib and has awful reflux! So it's a battle and exhausting ... I find it hard to get out , when I'm not feeding I'm winding , trying to help her pain ,mscreaming , crying , wanting to be fed again ...

I've turned into a hermit .

Hopefully it will get better Twinkle X
 
 
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Apr 14th, 2016, 14:59 PM   #87
 
Twinkle 6 weeks already?! Thats frightening. Hope everything is going much better for you, sounds like youve had a rough time,!

Birdo, have you tried using a wrap to help you get out if she'll only settle with you? Mine seems to work like magic, in fact 3 weeks in and I haven't even tried my pram. I don't know if you already have one but I got the 'sling by jazooli' which is much cheaper than competitors and he just sleeps fairly solidly when he's in it, I use to it to get housework done or when I'm out and about. Handy and you can also wind her as you go if needed! I find he only stirs at meal times or for a nappy change or sometimes if I stop walking. I watched a video in YouTube of how to do a newborn hold it seems slightly more snug than the hold recommended with the wrap, in fact I have to be careful that he doesn't get too hot!

Understand it might not work for everyone but maybe worth a shot to let you nip to the shop or on on a short walk?
 
 
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Apr 15th, 2016, 10:34 AM   #88
 
I 2nd the sling Birdo. I've had to use one on Erin. And works wonders. And can still get the off cleaning job done.
Mel I so worry if Erins too hot. I used the wrap on the shopping trip. It was a chilly day so I had a hoodie on aswell and by the time we go back to the car Erin had a small sweat patch haha. But not over hot.
How's everyone sleeping? Erin is only waking once or twice a night so I can't complain atm.
DD1 is loving her baby sister, always cuddling and wanting to hold. She's been having slight tantrums but I think kind of acting out.
Erin started giving smiles yesterday. I don't even think DD1 smiled at 6 weeks lol. Xx
 
 

 
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Apr 15th, 2016, 12:51 PM   #89
 
yes twinkle! I left the registry office convinced he was too hot. And I hate when people look at you as a bad parent as if your baby is freezing... When I can feel he is really cosy! In fact sometimes I don't put a hat on him to help regulate his temp, I just pull the sling fabric over if its breezy.
 
 
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Apr 16th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #90
 
I have a wrap , icant remember what it is ... I've used it once on a dog walk , she seemed OK . Might start using that when I go out , because it's a nightmare and there's only 1 pushchair spot on the bus to my house and if there's already one on its an hours wait with a screaming baby , so I walk home and it's killing me xx
 
 
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