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Old 05-30-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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I"M going crazy! my dd is having gas issues due to milk intolerance she just wants to nurse all the time, so she's up all night and my older dd is up all day. I seriously only get about 3 hours of sleep every night. I"m so tired and so tempted to go to formula, except that I really want to be successful at bfing. (that and she'd need special formula and its really expensive) I just feel like a chew toy, she's constantly on the breast, I finally broke down and gave her a pacifier so my poor boobs could have a break! I can do this right?
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:53 AM   #2
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I think you have to do what works best for you and your baby. I use a pacifier with one of the twins bc the other one won't take it anymore. The older 3 kids never took one. I offered it to all of them but they were never interested. I think the twins got used to them in the NICU but Aaron lost interest once he started bfing at 3 months but Glory still likes it. She isn't always hungry but almost always wants to suck on something and if I nurse her she will puke, puke, and puke again!

When they were newborn, they always had to suck on something or they wouldn't sleep so they used the pacifiers all the time. I feel like a pacifier with Aaron sometimes but he is older than your baby so now I try to distract him with play or if he is really fussy I just nurse him to sleep. I had to cut out dairy products for a while with him bc of fussieness and gas.

I know it can be a lot of work to nurse at first but it is so worth it for you and the baby. I wish you much success and no matter what, don't feel guilty about what you decide to do.

I hope this helps. Not everyone will agree with me but it worked for us. I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:16 PM   #3
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I had/have a sucker. We gave him the finger ( and I mean that in the nicest possible way) and then a pacifer too. Of course we had to hold it in for him but at least he wasn't using me all the time. And then finally around 3 months he discovered his own hands and his tummy troubles got so much better too. However now when he is tired or teething I'm still his fav paci. Good luck... it will get better...
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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Have you checked your diet at all for foods that might be irritating your DD? Joey couldn't tolerate much dairy in MY diet while breastfeeding; I have a friend who couldn't have ANY caffeine or her kids would be very uncomfortable. Those are two of the most common triggers I've heard, wheat can be another.

Maybe you could try elminating one of those from your diet (whichever you have the most of) and see if it makes a difference? Give it a few days.

You CAN do this and it WILL get better! The first weeks are the hardest, before you know it she's going to be big and interesting in life beyond the boob...really, it does happen!!
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You can do it mama!! I know what it's like not getting much sleep. My DD was colicky for the first 6/7 months and while she was up crying at night I was up too, then I had to be able to stay up with my older child during the day. It's rough, but you can definitely do it.

Like other mamas said, perhaps try eliminating things in your diet. Bethany said it best, one day the babe will be interested in much more than the boob, it'll happen before ya know it Hand in there, this won't last forever!!
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Thanks, its dairy thats bothering her I'm sure, we're heading to the doctor tomorrow to see for sure about it, but my other daughter had it when she was this age, but not to this point!
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Yes, mama, you can do this!!! You are doing great so far. If you have to, give her a paci or your finger to suck on so that your poor girls can take a breather. I had to do the same thing when my son was first born. It was so excruciating sometimes that DH would just take him and let him suck on his finger so that I could have a break and the girls could breathe. You are not a bad mommy for giving a pacifier!

Also, she is probably wanting to nurse alot if her tummy is upset. It's good for her though it might not seem good for you (because of the pain. Take time to let the girls rest, give them some air, put on Soothies, lanolin cream or whatever else you need to do to get them to have some relaxation time. They're working alot!

Also, see if DD will lay down with you during the day. You can nurse your little one and your other DD can lay down and then you can get some rest, even if you don't sleep.

HTH. You're doing great!
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It's soo hard when you're sore and in desperate need of sleep! Soreness after the first week or so probably means latching issues. Gulping may mean that your milk starts out very fast. Try expressing the first bit of the stream onto a pf or burp cloth, then let her latch on; hopefully, she won't chomp as hard on your sore spot, and will gulp a little less.

Remember that mothering is not an all-or-nothing proposition. If you do feel like you can't take it any more and need to give her a bottle or two of soy, it doesn't mean you can't nurse her most or all of the time as things improve. You might also try talking to a lactation consultant about a meeting, both for help, and also maybe they'll let you use a pump at their place once or twice until yours arrives.

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Her poops are bright orange and watery, not seedy at all nor green at all. she's slowly getting better, she had a good night last night and today seems to be going well! I find if I can put her off from eating for about an hour after she decides she's hungry than she digests it a little better? not sure why, but she doesn't have nearly the gas problems? maybe cause she's working some of the old gas out? she only woke up once last night so I got some decent sleep! I'm not having any more problems with pain though, which is a bonus, except when she chomps down hard as she can and pulls! that one hurts lol! we give her grip water everyday, but it doesn't seem to be helping at all? am I getting the wrong kind? It seems to help a little if I lay her on her tummy and rub her back so we've been doing that lots, then I let her sleep in the living room with me on her tummy so I can keep an eye on her.
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First a big And second I don't know if you have figured it out if I was the dairy or not but my DD can't tolerate dairy. She is 11 weeks now and Probably about 3 weeks ago she turned into a new baby. I didn't figure out till about 3 weeks of age that she couldn't tolerate diary. Even if I have the tinyest bit of dairy she gets gas not bad but still gets it. But even if that is not the problem it gets better mama!!!! And on a good note me not eating as much diary has helped me drop the preggo pounds faster!!!!
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