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Tracie - I have a few suggestions for you, which may allow you to continue breastfeeding without using formula to supplement. First of all, a lot of mothers think their breasts are empty or that they aren't making enough milk because their breasts aren't engorged and their baby wants to feed continuously - but this is rarely the case. Babies are instinctive sucklers; they love the comfort of sucking and being held, and some babies are needier than others in the comfort department. It sounds like Maddox is one of those babies...Sophie is too. Also, if you are lactating at ALL, Maddox IS getting milk when he nurses. You could pump yourself "dry", put him to the breast, and he would still get milk. Babies are the most efficient means of getting milk from your breasts, much more so than any pump. Your breasts are continuously producing milk, and since Maddie is continuously feeding, you aren't going to get engorged, but you can be sure he IS getting enough. However, you do need to get him on a feeding schedule...some babies do it on their own and some need help. Try this - nurse him for 15-20 minutes on one breast, and then put him down, in the crib, playpen, playmat, wherever. Wait an hour from the beginning of that feeding before putting him to your other breast. He will probably cry and fuss in that time, but babies do cry and this will get better. Try using a pacifier if he needs the comfort of sucking, or try rocking and comforting him. Put him to the other breast again for 15-20 minutes...he will probably eat much more vigorously from having to wait an hour. Continue that pattern for a few feedings...and once he's adapted to that fairly well, increase to an hour and 15 minutes between feedings, then 1.5 hours, etc. working up to 3 hours. After a while you won't have to limit his time at the breast because he will learn to feed more quickly. It may sound cruel, but it really isn't. I have a close friend who is a consultant for La Leche League, and this was her advice to me - after 5 weeks, I am still breastfeeding very happily and Sophie sleeps 6-7 hours at night and eats every 2.5 to 3 hours during the day. I also pump between feedings to get up a supply for when I go back to work. You might try pumping as well between feedings because it will increase your supply plus give you the ability to leave Maddie with someone while you go out. A lot of women have trouble with breastfeeding, but if you can persevere, you can make it work and soon it becomes second nature. It gets really frustrating having to feed continuously...and even offering a bottle or formula isn't going to break his habit. You'll still have to get him on a schedule but you'd just be giving him a bottle at feeding times instead of breastmilk. Just don't think that because he eats all the time and cries in between that you are not making enough to satisfy him - it's just a habit that will have to be broken. I hope that helps and that whatever you decide works out so you can get some relief!!
Andrea - that's so great that Lexi is doing so well! Isn't it awesome when they let us sleep during the night! Sophie slept from 9:15 to 4:15 last night!

I thought of something this morning - I have to go for my 6-week postpartum checkup on the 27th - right after Christmas! This is not good - I will probably gain 5 lbs from eating all the good food! I haven't weighed myself except that one time when I'd lost 28 lbs...I'm scared to! But I guess I better weigh before Christmas so that when I weigh at the doctor's I won't be depressed! LOL I hope I've lost more...I have been dieting but have cheated a few times. I know that the pants I went and bought are already starting to get baggy; which sucks b/c they're cool pants, but it's good b/c I'd rather be getting smaller!

Christmas is only a week away! Yay - I love Christmas! :bouncing:
Well Im glad to read that so far no one's baby is on a predictable routine. Last night Avery went to bed at 11:30pm and slept until 7:00am where as tonight she went to bed at 8pm and now she is up at 3:00am. If I could get her going to bed every night at 8pm.. that would be great.. one good thing though is that I was finally able to get her to sleep in her crib.. I took one of her bankets she is used to and laid it under her.. for whatever reason (maybe the smell of familiar) she is finally sleeping in there which should be helpful to me since I wake at any stirring she does..maybe now I will get a more sound sleep.. so tonight is the first night she has slept in her crib.. no so far no problems.. actually I just put her down after her bottle and I am going to check.. I think she's asleep.. if so Im off to bed again since its 3:30am here..

p.s. Andrea - yesterday the weather network said that less than once cm of snow was predicted for our area.. well needless to say we got 15 cms..boy where they wrong.. so my DH was out shovelling today.. good luck and be careful.. I know that snow is hard on your back!! Too bad we didnt live in nice warm climates like Australia or Hawaii.. lucky ducks.. :)
Wow Tracie.. he is waking up an awful lot during the night.. you poor thing.. you must be sooo completely exhausted.. my cousin's little guy was born a week before Avery and she was telling me that he wakes up every 1 1/2 hours.. he just doesn't want to sleep..As for the weight thing.. my weight seems to have stuck too... but I have been watching what I eat and I have been using the treadmill for 30 mins a day for the past two weeks..Ive been noticing my pants are roomier.. I still can't wear my old pants though... I have 15 lbs to go.. and I think I am really gonna have to work to get the weight off.. I may also get a gym pass to add some different exercises in like swimming..

Lisa... thats great about Adam sleeping through the night.. most nights Avery does as well.. last night she went to bed a little late... she had some gas that was keeping her up..she's such a good baby though.. i can't complain.. when she wakes up she is soo pleasant and gives lots of smiles.... Yeah and I would definately get the play pen thing out for Adam .. that will be helpful so miss Haley doesnt step on him.. when is she starting in that child care centre?

I have a cousin that lives in Australia.. umm the place is called Badoora (sp?).. is that anywhere near you? She is a chiropractor and has been living there for years.. her parents and siblings live back here in Canada

ok question - do babies have nightmares??? the other day Avery woke up after a full nights sleep for a bottle.. she ate and then went back to sleep... I snuck back to bed to snooze a little longer and about 30 mins later I was awokened by the most god awful screaming and crying from her.. I ran into the room and pick her up.. sounded like someone was stabbing her...she was so limp and was still asleep and kept crying for a minute or so then calmed down..I took her in my room and snuggled with her on my bed and within minutes she was asleep again.. so I put her back in her scared the daylights out of me because the cry was completely different then "im hungry, tired, dirty diaper etc.. ) have any of your babies done this as well??

Well I hope everyone posts soon!

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