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Old 03-22-2013, 12:16 PM   #69
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Re: Please help me keep going... update post #54

This is probably my last update in my giant breastfeeding chronicle. I think I have found what works for me. I am pumping around 5 times per day, breastfeeding DD the first feeding of the morning (I've weighed her the last three mornings and she's gotten 5 oz, 3.5 oz, and 2.5 oz so it's enough). The rest will be bottles of either BM or formula. I may end up taking Domperidone just so I can get more BM with every pump but I am not sure.

My DD is so much happier and she's actually napping twice a day for the first time pretty much ever. It's amazing what a full tummy can achieve!

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Originally Posted by jlsquire0324 View Post
I feel the same way emotionally... I just keep hoping that one day nursing will be easy for us. Haven't had that day yet... Maybe one day I hope that whatever path you choose that you feel confident that you did your best! I had to give up nursing at 2mos w/DD (another story) but at least I knew I did my best. Show yourself some grace and take a deep breath the peace of mind that comes from knowing your baby is full and growing is wonderful... Whether its from formula or breastmilk. Good luck mama!
Thank you! I am sorry you are going through this also and I sincerely hope it gets better for you both!

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Originally Posted by mariannec32 View Post
I totally agree with PP. You have been such a fighter through all this. If you ultimately make the switch to formula she will still be as perfect as she ever was. I know we all want to EB, but sometimes it truly does not work out.

With my first DS I fought for 4 months until the GI specialist told me I had to stop. We suffered through a PT tongue tie, terrible latching and damaged breasts, oversupply, complete total elimination diet... Nothing helped. He just kept getting worse and worse. Formula helped my little guy grow and finally stop being a miserable, sleep deprived baby in pain. I believe breastfeeding is best 100% but the guilt we face sometimes makes me sad. I was heartbroken to FF my son and you know what? He is an extremely bright healthy little boy. I have a much different view on formula now then I did back then. Now I have a 7 week old with another PT tie that was released and while it helped with the pain, he still isn't nursing quite as efficiently as I hoped he would. He is gaining ok but feedings last at least an hour and it's wearing me down. Especially when I have a 3 year old lashing out because I spend SO much time feeding. With caring for my family, keeping the house in running order and going back to work in a little over a week, I'm not sure if I will have enough time for this one to be EBF like I hoped. I'm taking it a day at a time. That's all I can do.

You have made it this far and that is wonderful! I think you deserve a breastfeeding Medal of Honor! SERIOUSLY. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a caring, selfless mama like you and she has already had many of the benefits from breastmilk. No matter how much longer you hang in there or if you completely quit today, you are a wonderful mother. (((Hugs)))
Thank you for your comment; I remember you asking about if the clip helped because you were going to get it done also. I was really hoping you'd have a great outcome (reduced pain is fantastic though!). I hope he speeds up on the feedings, he sounds a lot like my DD with how long she'd take and then she'd turn around and want to nurse again immediately (which makes complete sense now! ). I hope it works out for you and thanks for your support!
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