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Old 11-25-2008, 08:31 AM   #21
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Re: Losing BF Support, small baby, not sleeping long

I can't tell you all how much I needed to hear all that. I am going to find my local LLL. We have a DR. appointment today for some vac's and I am going to weight her before and after I feed her so I can tell how much she is getting.

She fussed after her dinner time feeding and my DH suggested giving her some more from our frozen stash. Wouldn't you know once I had it defrosted and almost into the bottle she spit up! I can count on one hand how many times she has done that. She didn't need anymore, she had too much already!

I hadn't thought of moving her to her crib yet. There is a door to her nursery right next to my side of the bed so it would only be a few steps away. Maybe I could try that after the holidays, we are traveling for Thanksgiving and having family (that will be sleeping in her room) here for xmas.

I am going to go with my heart, I know she loves nursing and I would hate to have anything mess that up.

Thank you all so much!!!!
Sometimes, support from all you mama's is all I need. This site has been such an invaluable tool. I know I am doing the best thing for my DD.


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Old 11-27-2008, 11:20 PM   #22
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Re: Losing BF Support, small baby, not sleeping long

My son is 10 months and nurses round the clock still. The term "good sleeper" really irks me. My son is a good sleeper! He barely wakes up and rolls over to me and goes back to sleep. that to me is a good sleeper. We just need to adjust our expectations of our babies. 12 hours a night seems to be what all the books say babies need now. I don' t know where they got that number from but it's the magic number everyone uses. It's made up and not all kids have read the books! your baby is just fine, just needs mommy and is little. that's it. keep up the good work and tell everyone to mind their own business.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:26 AM   #23
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Re: Losing BF Support, small baby, not sleeping long

Co-sleeping is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby, IMHO. 4 months is a big transition, as some other mamas have posted, and frequent waking and restlessness are part of all transitions. There will be more to come! Co-sleeping and nursing in bed will ensure that you both come out the other end of these transitions sane and healthy.

You may want to read The No Cry Sleep Solution by Pantley if you choose to nurse and co-sleep. Babies are capable of nursing while they're fast asleep, and that may not be what you want in the long run. This book will explain how to get more sleep while still maintaing a nursing relationship.

I don't believe that formula is a solution except for babies who don't have access to breastmilk. There about a billion studies expounding the amazing benefits of breastmilk. Anytime a baby gets formula, the baby is getting LESS beneficial nutrition. Period.

As far as support goes, please look into La Leche League meetings. Without support, there's very little chance that you'll be able to make the choices that are best for you and your baby. People who DON'T support breastfeeding are rarely convinced otherwise.

Good luck!
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