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Can't overfeed breastfed baby?

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lazzaroo Tue 22-Jan-13 20:10:19

if this is really true, what am I doing wrong? Bf 2nd baby. Didn't enjoy t first time round & struggling again. Done 4 weeks so far. Am trying to be more relaxed this time & offering breast sooner rather than later BUT she ends up feeding on and off from about 5pm to 9pm. She doesn't properly settle during this time. I know that's not uncommon. we rock her, use White noise, bung her in the bjorn, feed & have now resorted to dummy ( which she's not very good at & I'm not very good at knowing when to use that as opposed to feeding....turns out I'm just not very good at this full stop).

She's a big feeder. 8lb 6oz at birth & 9lb 8oz when weighed last week.

So, what do you do about the build up of wind this is creating & the fact that sometimes she will be sick...literaly while feeding...all over me.

I am no expert but you have my sympathy, I really struggled to bf my pfb, and I had huge breasts when bf and was very self conscious (30G when not bfing) - never comfortable bfing in public. The first month was horrendous, dd hardly put any weight on but refused a bottle too. I was dreading the same scenario with my ds, more worried about it than giving birth, but it was so much easier for me 2nd time. I don't know what the right thing to do is, but my sil bf'd her three daughters and she said her dh gave their dc a bedtime bottle of formula, whilst she was catching up on sleep, so she got a break - might not work if your dh is away from home. I don't regret persevering but bf was never a wonderful experience for me - so I can understand why people don't continue! Good luck, hope you can enjoy your baby whatever you decide.

lazzaroo Wed 30-Jan-13 15:32:27

Still here, still breastfeeding & still hating it. Saw health visitor today.tried to explain but as far as she's concerned baby is doing well, gaining weight etc Now 11lb 6oz at 4 weeks. She thinks she may have reflux, which my first had & it was a nightmare. Deep down I had thought the same but was in denial! So I'll go to Drs about that. She recommended dummy, which we've tried & baby still rubbish at using it.

I am desperate. We've been trying her with bottle every day but she won't take it properly. We've tried 3 different types. She isn't sleeping well at night because of wind. She won't settle easily in the day, or when she does won't stay asleep when put down. She gets particularly restless with me & often ends up falling asleep when feeding. I'm nt bothered about this apart from fact she then usually wakes 10-20mins later with tummy ache.

I am miserable & pretty sure I am making her miserable too, let alone my other daughter who has to sit by while she is either attached to me or I try for hours to get her to sleep.

lazzaroo Wed 30-Jan-13 15:34:39

Oops I meant 10lb 11oz!

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