DH back at work, I'm not coping

(45 Posts)
Queazy Sun 29-Sep-13 19:36:29

Hi, my baby is 3 weeks old and my DH has been back at work a week. I cried practically every day, and doing all the calming throughout the night for my LOis exhausting. I love her my LO to bits but she has silent reflux so the last couple of weeks haven't been very easy and I didn't really get a chance to recover from labour. I know my DH going back to work is reality and I need to get on with it, but I feel like I can't cope. I regularly feel overwhelmed and wish someone else could take my baby after each feed to calm her down. I don't even seem to be able to wind her properly. I guess I just wanted to know if others found all this hard and struggled when DH went back to work. I'm dreading another week hmm xx

itried Sun 29-Sep-13 19:51:25

Don't put pressure on yourself to be perfect as mother/wife/housekeeper.

Can you carry her in a sling when you cannot put her down? Is there anyone who could be there with you for a while and give you even a few minutes break while you have a shower, walk round the garden, drink some tea?

Put on music that you like, watch rubbish TV, a film etc. I watched an 8 hour Bertolucci in one day when DS would not settle. It may not be yet but it will get better and you will feel more confident.

Zzzzmarchhare Sun 29-Sep-13 19:53:15

Yes I did find it difficult. Is there anyone you could ask for help? Someone to pop round and give you a few minutes break? I found it easier to plan something small each day- I had a section so for me it was going on short walks, longer each day.
I became a regular at all the local shops just to walk somewhere.
I had post-natal depression- be kind to yourself and tell someone if you think you might be heading there.
DS was a nightmare newborn but now is a lovely toddler, whereas the people I know who had easier babies are getting it tough now.
I massively felt that I wasn't doing things 'right' but I must have been as we are all here now! Some babies just scream contstsntly and can't be soothed- you aren't doing anything wrong. Take care xx

QTPie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:00:45

Are you getting any sleep? Lack of sleep an do bad things to how you feel. Think that sleep is what you need to prioritise at this stage and work out a strategy with your DH so that you both get a good amount of sleep.

QT

NinaGE Sun 29-Sep-13 20:33:40

I feel the same too. so you're not on your own. I found it easier to not try and do everything just the essentials for my lo so if I did managed to sort something else it felt like an achievement. do try and get out especially now while the weather is still relatively nice because when winter comes it will be trickier and once the clocks go back I know I'm always less inclined to go out. it is hard but its not for long before you know it they'll be toddling about! smile

Thurlow Sun 29-Sep-13 20:39:58

It's hard, so you're not alone in feeling like this. Your baby is still tiny and I promise you that in a few weeks time things will start to get easier.

Do you get out much? I found getting out of the house made a huge difference to how I felt. I used to split the shopping into several bits and make a couple of trips a day - bakers, butchers, supermarket all as separate trips.

Also I found groups my saving grace. Do you have any mums you know locally, any NCT friends? Just having something planned each day made me feel better. If you're not sure where to go, you could make a new post asking for advice about things to do in your town. (Or, I'll whisper it, try NM as they have a good meet a mum section).

And as others have said, forget the house. Get your DH to help you get food ready the night before so you can just warm something up and make sure you are getting enough food during the day. Even put a sandwich in the fridge.

domesticslattern Sun 29-Sep-13 20:42:34

Poor you.
Yes these feelings are totally normal. Can you afford for someone to come and help you out? Or a friend, neighbour or relative? You can get post natal doulas too, though I made do with a local student who did babysitting. She came a few times to look after baby (holding her, rocking her) while I did things like have a shower, expressing, phone call... essential stuff. She never had DD2 on her own.

waterrat Sun 29-Sep-13 20:46:37

I don't think it's fair that you are the only one doing all the nights - you both have to get enough sleep to function not just him

Could he do the night until 1am for example then you take over ?

I found swaddling helped with settling at night ....

It really does get better ! X

mummyxtwo Sun 29-Sep-13 21:06:53

A 3wo baby is very hard work - it does get easier, and quickly, just hang on in there and keep reminding yourself of that. It's normal to feel more emotional after delivery and the lack of sleep exacerbates that, but if you're crying a lot then consider talking to your HV as you may have some PND. Health visitors can be very helpful if you call on them and let them know you need them. I really had little input from them with ds1, despite his having silent reflux also and I really struggled, but when I told the HV after I'd had dd2 that my dh was doing major career exams and couldn't really help me with baby at all (he's a surgeon and was sitting his final consultant exams) she was so supportive, and offered to come round for a chat anytime if I was feeling overwhelmed. Do give them a ring if you're struggling, and / or see your GP.

I know it all seems very daunting with a first baby but with the benefit of hindsight and having had 2, first-time mums all fall into the trap of thinking they have to get everything 'right' and that something terrible will happen if you don't rush to baby as soon as they cry, or play with them loads, or take 5 minutes to have a shower themselves while baby is somewhere safe like in a baby chair or cot. Dd2 had a lot more necessary neglect than ds1 as I had school runs to do, ds1's needs to take care of also, and even more vast amounts of laundry. She was a much more content baby. Don't feel guilty if you take a moment before going to crying baby, or if you have winded, cuddled, tried putting down for a nap and she is still crying. Babies do that - it isn't the end of the world! It can be helpful to just get out of the house. However daunting that may feel at first, you get a sense of achievement for having got out, and things seem brighter when you're not sitting at home thinking of baby as some sort of ticking time bomb, wondering when they are about to explode and start crying for some inexplicable reason. Mums and babies groups are great for providing support and a cuppa, and Starbucks the country over is full of mums and babies mid-morning. You're not alone, your lo will be just fine even if you can't settle her, the sleep will improve, and in the meantime there is coffee and chocolate. And a gorgeous little baby to cuddle! All the best x

Queazy Sun 29-Sep-13 21:14:10

Thank you so much for your messages and advice. I've been going out quite a bit, to the point where I'm almost scared to spend time alone with the LO. I'm ashamed to say that. I'm going to join more groups as you suggest, and will look for someone locally to help. I've started asking for help more, as was getting concerned that I was moving toward PND (I've suffered from anxiety and mild depression before, and felt low during 3rd trimester).

I'd like to get DH to do an evening feed but I'm so slow at expressing milk that it would be an added thing to fit in the day. A compromise I think I need to just take now! DH gets up at 6:15am for work and is in quite a new job, so just don't think 1am feed would be fair on him, tho I take your point. I think we need to find a different way of doing it all tho.

It's comforting to hear others have been there and got through it. Each day just feels so long right now. Thanks so much again - I appreciate it hugely.

knitwitter Sun 29-Sep-13 21:23:49

I would second that getting out of the house for even just a walk will make you feel loads better. Enjoy going to groups, just be aware that some people will only tell you what amazing things their baby can do, and will not mention that they have been up all night!! Just take everything with a pinch of salt. If you are taking a while to express, could you feed your baby, and then let your DH settle her on an evening sometimes? That will give you time for a bath at least. It all gets more normal quicker than I bet you are imagining now.

KatOD Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:16

Hey OP, felt exactly like you - terrified to be in the house too long with LO, exhausted, unable to put DD down as she had reflux. It's hard... Really hard. Don't beat yourself up, it does get better, but in the meantime just try to find something that helps you get through it. Mine was a short outing a day and rubbish crime drama on TV and stopping worrying about housework to be honest.

Good luck, really feel for you...

Queazy Sun 29-Sep-13 21:29:03

I think that's exactly what I need to do - DH has been winding/comforting the LO, but I haven't been using the time well enough i.e. bath, sleep, and have spent the time obsessing about reflux, breastfeeding problems etc !

QTPie Sun 29-Sep-13 21:39:50

Honestly, prioritise sleep... When DS was really small, I would've in bed 10 minutes after he was asleep - just maximising the opportunities to sleep.

Shower instead of bath - keep things quick - to maximise sleep.

Get DH to watch/walk LO at the weekend for a couple of hours so that you can catch-up then.

If DH is awake and you are asleep when LO wakes for a feed (assuming he is really hungry and not just grizzly/whinging back to sleep), then get DH to pass you DS, feed him,then go back to sleep whilst DH winds and resettles.

You do need to work around DH's work commitments etc, but you also need to both try to maximise sleep in he early days. It will only last a few weeks/months and then things should get better smile

PragmaticWench Sun 29-Sep-13 21:46:26

It's so easy to obsess about thing like reflux and spend time when you could be napping searching the internet for help! I have been exactly where you are and it is so, so hard.

If your little one has reflux, rather than wind, then winding can make it worse, it makes the stomach acid jump up into the throat more so the best thing is to keep them still and upright. Could you get a stretchy wrap and wear her? It keeps her upright after feeds and also gives you back the use of your hands, so you can at least get a drink or go to the toilet.

At the end of each day when your OH gets home, all that you need to have managed since he left is to feed your baby, feed and water yourself and deal with nappies and the toilet for you. Nothing else actually matters for now!

Ditsy79 Mon 30-Sep-13 10:06:11

My baby is now 8 weeks old, and I can really identify with how you're feeling. I had an EMCS, so couldn't drive for the first six weeks. When DH went back to work, I felt a bit like a prisoner in my own home. I tried to go out at least once a day with the pram, but when the weather was bad and I couldn't get out I got severe cabin fever. I would be in tears fairly often, as DD only seems to be settled when she is being held. She also didn't sleep much during the night at first.
Now we're a few weeks on from there, and it is getting easier. I try to plan an activity a day, even if it's just walking to the corner shop, and am aiming to go to baby groups a couple of times a week.
DH helps during the night by changing her nappy before I feed her, and also settling her if I can't get her to settle in the crib afterwards. He also takes her for an hour when he gets in from work and sends me to bed for a sleep.
Don't think you have to do it all because your DH had to get up for work - you need to make sure you are getting enough rest too as you have to deals with the baby all day, which is really hard when you're exhausted.

mummyxtwo Mon 30-Sep-13 11:21:03

When she is a week or two older, get a playmat / baby gym if you haven't already got one. You can always pop her head on a little pillow if she doesn't like lying flat with the reflux. I found that a nice way to spend a little quality time with dd2. She loved the dangly little animals and particularly the mirror, and I chatted to her and stroked her, and it would remind me that she was my precious little baby, not just 'the baby' that needed to be carted about to and from the school run and playdates and wherever else we needed to go.

Kerrie34 Mon 30-Sep-13 11:39:03

My lo is 9 weeks. I'm really struggling my oh works long hrs 8-8 sometimes. I feel like a single parent( for those of you who are doing it all alone you deserve medals). I do everything tidying up bottles feeding bathing cooking & all night feeds I'm totally exhausted. So I know how your feeling. Help isn't always available. Going for a pee is a break for me smile xx

RigglinJigglin Mon 30-Sep-13 21:21:04

OP I feel for you, I was exactly the same... Saving grace for me was getting out in the car. I literally drove round in circles locally near us when DH first went back to work (nearly always in my pyjamas). Meant I could get home in a jiffy if the screaming escalated to breaking point but also wasn't at home looking at what hadn't been done around the house.

If I felt adventurous I went to the local drive through for a coffee and home again.

RigglinJigglin Mon 30-Sep-13 21:23:08

Meant to add that DD nearly always slept in the car, with her being in the back asleep and me in the front with the radio on I felt nearly human and normal again.... If only for 10minutes a day!

bonkersLFDT20 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:34:47

It's hard and your feelings are totally normal. I think at 3 weeks the sleep deprivation and reality of it all really starts to hit and it's all you can see ahead of you.
The days seem REALLY long. I found those early days with DS2 much easier than DS1 partly because of course he was my second, but also because I had a routine going and had plans every day, even just the school run. I knew I'd see another adult at some point.
Do you have people near you who can pop around for a cuppa? I felt really isolated with DS1 because I didn't really know many other Mums in the village (I was working full time). It's a shock to go from no major responsibilities to the full on job of caring for a newborn and when you're knackered and emotional the days can seem really long.
Keep talking to your DH and do try and get some extra sleep at the w/e if you can.
Also, try not to look too far ahead, just take each day at a time, then look back each week and I'm pretty certain you'll see that each week gets a bit easier.
I felt a bit sad and a rubbish Mum that I was wishing DS1's babyhood away, but honestly, that's how I felt. It took having DS2 to enable me to see that the newborn days really are a unique time that is gone in a flash.

steeking Mon 30-Sep-13 21:40:20

As others have said- do try to get out. Start with something simple like a walk in the park .
Do you have anyone you could meet up with?
Check out local toddler groups- they can be a bit daunting if you don't know anyone, but mostly people will be keen welcome a new mum and baby.

steeking Mon 30-Sep-13 21:42:12

Rigglin I remember the days of getting home with a sleeping baby in the back, and reclining the drivers seat to have a sleep in the car for fear of disturbing DS1 !

FridgePervert Mon 30-Sep-13 21:43:33

Give baby reflux wedges a Google if you don't have one already. This was brilliant with DS because he couldn't lie down flat without being in pain and he was able to settle better propped up.

FridgePervert Mon 30-Sep-13 21:51:59

Having a baby with reflux is tough, DS was my third so I was well used to having a new born but it's so hard when they're in pain and you can't take it away.

VomitingVeronica Mon 30-Sep-13 22:05:25

Reflux is so unfair! Both of mine have made silent reflux and cmpi, it does get easier as your body heals from pregnancy and birth and as you learn strategies to cope with the reflux. Best things to do to help are to get some fresh air every day and find a reflux forum - little refluxers is good. The more you talk to people the more people you find that have experienced reflux, I am far from a chatterbox and they are everywhere. Don't bottle it in. You will get there, chocolate is proven to help!

A few things to google and consider:
A wedge (much better angle than blocks) or even tucker sling
Cranial osteopathy
A&e if your baby just won't stop crying to ask for the next level up of medication
Keeping your baby upright all the time
Not using a bumbo because of the pressure on their stomach
Staying away from any waist bands
Putting to sleep on stomach under docs guidance
Thickening feed with carobel
A sling
Swaddling when feeding when in the middle of a flare up

VomitingVeronica Mon 30-Sep-13 22:09:09

Oh, and if you can afford it, a night nanny once a week, sleep glorious sleep!

Sunnysummer Tue 01-Oct-13 02:03:48

DS had silent reflux and barely slept, it was a horrendous time when DH went back, and I know how hard it can get.

My biggest tips are firstly, just remember that you're doing a great job, and forget all the 'shoulds' - like feeling that you 'should' have a clean house, dd 'should' sleep like all the perfect babies in books, or that you 'should' be presentable at any point of the day. As pps said, do whatever it takes to relax and rest, whether that is eating cereal for lunch (or dinner), watching lots of crap TV or napping at very odd times. For us a sling was our most important piece of baby kit - it kept the reflux at bay, the baby asleep or at least calm, and I had hands free.

Secondly, you sound like you could do with more support. Do you have someone who could come over and hold the baby for a little bit while you shower/nap/eat/cry? Or at least make you some food and a cup of tea or do some hoovering while you hold the baby? Also, DH needs to be aware that caring for a small baby is also a full time job, so if he is not taking any role in the evenings then he is working 8 hours a day while you work 24. My DH is not the most hands on dad, but even he took the baby in the sling for a few hours sleep at nights (often he'd do 9 till midnight, ideally while DS slept but if not then he would rock, shush etc and only bring into me for urgent feeds). Lots of other partners do late nights too. It may sound tricky for your DH, but ultimately it's a lot less tricky than if you end up exhausted to the point of collapse or PND, when he'd have to take over a lot more.

Is your dd on medication? It hasn't been a silver bullet for DS but meds and/or dairy and soy elimination (for at least a week) has been very helpful for lots of silent reflux babies on these forums.

Finally, I bf and think it does get easier and easier and is totally worth it, BUT if you are beyond it and need a rest, don't feel at all guilty about a dummy or some ff, your child needs a well mother more than it needs breast milk.

It does get so much easier - people kept telling me this and it felt like such a long way away, but in no time at all you'll have a 4 month old and chatting to friends about how yeah, the first few weeks were a bit tricky but you got through!

wafflingworrier Tue 01-Oct-13 02:28:04

just want to say you are not alone! my dd1 was a nightmare with reflux, it is so tough. I invested in earplugs and an eye mask plus a second set and sleeping bag 4 the car! sleep whenever you can xxxxx

big hug from me! seriously, it gets easier.

ps if a messy house gets you down one thing I do is have a "sacred space"-one bit of table that, no matter what, I keep clean with a candle on. if mess gets me down I light the candle, focus on that tiny clean bit and ignore the rest! ok rereading this it sounds insane but it helps me

Queazy Tue 01-Oct-13 09:37:56

Thank you so much. I had a friend round yesterday and DH's sister today, which makes it easier just because it breaks up the day. I'm finding it a real rollercoaster...sitting here crying because it's only Tuesday! My friend looked shocked y'day when LO was so upset. It made me realise that not all babies suffer like this and left me really sad. Trying to be more positive today smile I've had one cranial osteopathy appointment with LO and have another next week. I tried a sling this morning and failed miserable to put her in correctly - round 2 this afternoon wink

DH finds LO's evening crying really stressful (it goes on for 3-4hrs at least) and he doesn't seem to be able to calm her either. I find that I end up feeding her again for some peace and quiet. We've argued the last 2 nights. It makes it so much harder...and lonelier too.

I know we'll get there. Roll on weaning and hopefully recovery for the LO. In the meantime, I've got lots of remedies to try, so thank you so much. I can't begin to tell you how comforting it is to hear others got through this in one piece. I just really didn't imagine it would be like this. Xx

Sunnysummer Tue 01-Oct-13 10:04:04

Which sling are you using? The soft fabric ones like mobys are great but do take a bit longer to get the hang of, otherwise the manduca is a great structured option with a built in newborn seat, or there are some like the k'tan which are soft but less work.. With a reflux baby it's really worth finding one (or in our case three wink) that works for you, maybe via a local sling meet.

It can be so hard when the reality doesn't meet with what you expect or what others seem to be experiencing. The good thing is that the four month sleep regression and the terrible twos will be so much more manageable with the experience you are gaining now... And my mother had 5 babies and said all her trickiest little ones became the sweetest toddlers (and vice versa!).
Just remind yourself that this will pass. Really importantly in our experience, don't let yourself believe - or let people tell you - that your baby is a 'difficult personality' or angry. Your baby is hurting, and only has one way to tell you. Some of my family tried to tell us that we just had a grumpy baby and needed to let him cry - but now his reflux is recovering, DS is one of the sunniest babies we know.Just hang in there for a little longer!

VomitingVeronica Tue 01-Oct-13 13:38:22

I so agree with refluxers making awesome toddlers! I adore the toddler stage and can't wait for my dd to get there, she is going to love it! The relief of feeling comfortable must be huge.

If your dh can't help with nights then he really has to buck up and cope with a couple of hours crying and be lead parent in the evening - you have it 22hrs a day, it's his turn! He has to be parent too, it isn't all fun and games being the dad. My dh frequently sings the Mary Poppins song about patting the children on the head and spending them off to bed in a hopeful dreaming one day sort of way, but he know that his job doesn't end in the evening and he is on duty when he gets home. He looks after the screamer, usually taking her out for a walk in the buggy or carrier and I get to give toddler ds a few cuddles and a bit of attention. I live for when he gets home! He dreads it but knows that I have it worse. It does end though, it's just bloody tough while it is going on.

VomitingVeronica Wed 02-Oct-13 22:04:07

How are you holding up Queazy?

Queazy Wed 02-Oct-13 23:48:11

Hey there, last night was a real improvement but then tonight has been awful. She's on a full dose of Gaviscon now and I can express enough to mix it with milk alone. I mixed if 50:50 with aptimil and worried this is why she's been in so much pain. DH has helped all evening but now next to me in bed with eye mask on and earplugs in. I've had enough. I just want to run away hmm xx

Sunnysummer Thu 03-Oct-13 00:02:03

Poor you. Hope that you also get a turn with the ear plugs and eye mask, and that your day improves. X

waterrat Thu 03-Oct-13 06:59:01

Could you afford to get any kind of help - local mum or teenager with experience of babies to come at tea time for example and just hold the baby for a couple of hours?

Personally I think most exhaustion / sanity issues around babies are made so much more bearable once some kind of proper support is in place

Someone who will stay calm ...

Maybe even a local nanny an afternoon a week with you in the house ?

Or could your partner take a days holiday so you can sleep ?

VomitingVeronica Thu 03-Oct-13 15:36:23

Does your dh get weekends off? If you are express/bottle feeding then could he do Friday and Saturday nights? Dh did that for me with our first because he drove to work so couldnt do anything midweek and it was a life saver, I loved knowing those nights were coming and it made the mid week ones easier and less eternity like. Second time round we have moved near his work and ddddh does every other night because he knows (and i have drummed into him!) that, as our first is a bit hyper and no longer naps during the day, it just isn't possible for me to do it all. We tried, I broke. I have to sleep in the sitting room on my nights off because even with ear plugs etc she has programmed me to wake every hour at the tiniest sounds. With a little gerdling everybody, dh's included, have to give more of themselves. It just isn't an option not to.

I'm mean, if dh wasn't helping enough and got out the ear plugs then there could be one hell of a rant and the ear plugs and eye mask would be shredded! But then I get so pissed off with fathers that leave everything to the mothers and say that work is their job, it gives me the rage that they absent themselves from parenthood when it is tough.

minipie Thu 03-Oct-13 16:12:16

just one thing to add: go back to the GP and ask for ranitidine. Gaviscon is a bit useless IME especially if you're BFing.

Queazy Fri 04-Oct-13 09:35:28

I'm breastfeeding and just expressing so that I can mix the Gaviscon in with breast milk, so it's hard for DH to do a feed. I don't express enough extra for a whole feed.

We've been on the phone to Dr and on ranitidine and domperidone, and hoping these start working over next few days. I'm supposed to continue with Gaviscon but struggling to get it down her on top of infacol and syringes meds!

DH is going to take her in between feeds in the mornings over the weekend so I can nap. I need to build up my reserves for next week!!

Thanks so much again for your support and connects. I've made it through week 2, and have stuff to put in place to help week 3!!

VomitingVeronica Fri 04-Oct-13 20:11:40

Good plan! Domperidone especially is good stuff. We had a rocky start on it (dd had nasty diaorreah), but are now trying again at a low dose with the aim of building up, so far so good! It has made a huge difference already on 1/3rd the dose we are meant to get to. I'm sure it was mentioned up thread, ranitidine is very weight sensitive so next time you see your doc ask for the calculation so you can manage it yourself, with ds we had to update it on a weekly bases to keep the effects.

I am really guilty of wishing away dds babyhood thinking each weekend that it is another week she never has to suffer through again, but I know that she will love being a toddler and just can't wait to get there!

I know that someone mentioned pnd but I wanted to let you know that even if you don't feel you have it there may be moments of very uncharitable thoughts about others that are entirely normal (for me at least!). I really struggle with my relationship with my db, we have the same parents but his children magically missed out on reflux while both mine suffer through it. Dont get me wrong, I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but I also really didn't want it for mine. I struggle with jealously of his 'perfect' babies and him not knowing exactly while it is like for my family and him belittling the problem.

VomitingVeronica Fri 04-Oct-13 20:15:10

Oh, and my HV said that infacol can make reflux worse. It did for dd but was fabulous for ds.

MortifiedAdams Fri 04-Oct-13 20:21:07

Make sure when your dh is on a day off the next day that he does as much of the resettling etc through the night. BF then hand baby to him and get the mask and earplugs in. You need to get some shut eye and he needs to pull a little bit of weoght when not at work the next day.

wafflingworrier Sat 05-Oct-13 20:03:52

great advice! yes! I got my husband to take on a 24hr shift once a week so sat plus night and it is a godsend, he finally gets how hard it is for one thing. we bottle feed tho so easier for him to help, but def try to get him to do some stuff too, it will help him to know he can do something contructive for you
hope your day has gone ok and that you have a good night

Teaandflapjacks Mon 07-Oct-13 22:08:46

God you poor thing. My daughter is 6 weeks and I can totally relate. I am currently reading 'what mothers do' which is a huge comfort to me and makes me feel less mad! highly recommend it (intro a bit waffly but once in very good) and its not a manual, just a book about how you feel.

With reflux I don't know - I have had to FF since my milk never came in (whole other story) but she got awful colic, infacol did naff all. They give fennel tea in germany for it. I got confused and mixed it with the formula. After DH making smart remarks about making funny milk for our daughter - he eat his words since it has been a fricking lifesaver to be honest and my special mix has really helped with her poor tummy. Something to think about if you are using formula anyway for some of the feeds. I use one tea bag in 500ml of water. I feed her upright with a small grapeseed cushion warmed up for 20 secs in microwave gently on her stomach - seems to really help. Also I found a warm bath has helped when desperate to calm her and break the crying cycle. This meant some days she got bathed twice -albeit very quickly.

I had a huge bust up with DH on our wedding anniversary- god knows what about to be honest. I think it's fairly normal behaviour!! We have since had a good laugh about it.

If I am honest only just starting to feel more confident with her now - I found the first 4 weeks quite rough going. hang in there - you are not alone :-)

Siamsa Tue 08-Oct-13 15:12:46

Not sure what kind of kit you're using to express. If it's a normal pump for home use i.e. Medela Swing or similar, I can heartily recommend upgrading to renting a hospital grade pump. I had similar experience of slow expressing with DS1, taking half an hour to get any kind of decent volume - the hospital grade pump can take the same amount in about 5 minutes!! This would give you a bit more time to yourself...

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