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Old 07-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Nursing in bed?

Hi! New mommy, my LO is one month old and we are still struggling to nurse lying down. He does have horrible reflux so maybe that is it, but he is also still pretty small. 6 lbs 10 oz-still not up to birth weight (whole other story)-perhaps this is why. We have tried and tried to master it but its just not clicking. And I am desperate to nurse this little guy without making an ordeal of it and waking him totally up-it can take quite a while for him to go back to sleep, especially with the reflux he is having. Any suggestions would be so helpful!

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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This position saved me during the first three months, so, yes, if you can master it, it would be great, but do what feels comfortable. What helped me was to make sure that his chin was tilted upward when he nursed so he could really get a mouthful of breast. If his chin is tucked under, he'll get frustrated. Make sure you are both tummy-to-tummy. You can try with and without a pillow under your head to see which one you like better. I started without a pillow until we mastered the position. I like to hold his hand when he nurses, and he uses it to kind of work the breast before letdown. It's funny and a little annoying, but it works for him. Practice it during the day, which will make it easier to nurse at night.
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Re: Nursing in bed?

I lay a blanket behind him, and make sure that he is on his side. Arms down, not tucked under his face or anything. Chin up, looking toward my armpit. I keep my arm bent, behind my head. We've mastered it now, and it's how we nurse every single night.

I've heard though, that nursing laying down flat can cause reflux babies a problem. Could that be it? Or am I wrong on that?
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The other suggestions are good. Just remember that it's a skill and takes practice. It took until about 2 or 3 months until nursing lying down didn't feel awkward at least some of the time. Now it's no big deal and we nurse that way for naps and at night. Keep working at it and you'll get it.
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After 3 kids I still can't nurse laying down comfortably. I hate that position. I have tried and tried, espeically when my current baby went through a crazy nursing spurt and she was up every couple hours for months. I just coudn't do it. It was uncomfortable for me and she never gets a good latch no matter what. If I do nurse laying down more than once I am very sore the next day.
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HI! (While I am new to diaperswappers as I am hopefully going to try cloth diapers for #3 due in a few months; I have been doing mother to mother breastfeeding support for several years)

In my experience, I found that it took a few months before I could easily nursing lying down. My kids had to get a little bigger first before it was doable for us. Have you tried laid-back nursing? (La Leche League has a good amount of info on it.) You are sitting in a reclined position with your back well supported and your LO is more laying the length of your body; instead of across you. This might also help with with his reflux. Good luck!
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DS1 had horrible reflux problems too. He had to be fed with him sitting up. If we didn't he would projectile vomit everywhere. After he finished he had to stay upright fir 30 minutes before we could lay him back down. It's probably not what you want to hear, but if he has bad reflux problems, laying down to eat isn't great for them. My DH has bad acid reflux and he still can't lay down too soon after eating or drinking or he will vomit too.
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Sometimes reflux symptoms, slow weight gain and other numerous bf difficulties can possibly be caused by a tongue/lip tie. Has he been evaluated by a specialist to rule that out?
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I think it will be easier for you when he's a little bigger. I can't remember exactly how long it took us, but it wasn't right away. GL!
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Thanks for the tips mommies!! His reflux is much better thanks to Prevacid and mylanta (after nothing else helped) so I'm hoping we can try again in a few weeks. I have tried laid back nursing but he refuses to do it. Looks at me like 'you wanna do WHAT?' So that's a no go. Maybe more practice will help.
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