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Exclusively bf ds (5 days!) this time. Questions...

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Umlellala Tue 22-Jul-08 11:09:00

I mixed fed dd (now 2) but really wanted to try and bf ds. So far, (I know it's only 5 days, feels like ages wink) it's going well, latch good, sucking well, mastering bf walking around... but I have questions!

1. My milk has come in now, how long til my boobs 'settle' to their nursing size?

2. ds wants to suck/feed pretty much all the time. I don't mind this but should I worry about overfeeding?

3. Loads of pooey nappies!! Is this to be expected?

Oops, in laws here... will ask more later! Thanks

MrsBadger Tue 22-Jul-08 11:17:23

1. Give it a week at least - it might be much longer. The Bravado-type bras that span several sizes are pretty good.
2. Don't worry re overfeeding - she's getting cuddles and comfort and security as well as milk at every bf - it's not all about eating. Bfing walking around is a good skill to have, well done grin
3. Normal! it gets better eventually.

tiktok Tue 22-Jul-08 11:52:07

Umlella - the loads of pooey nappies is a welcome sign that your breastfeeding is going well

Umlellala Thu 24-Jul-08 14:18:57

Thanks for your replies! I am loving my breasts at the moment and the way they magically soothe ds when he is crying grin

Next question: Given ds continuing to breastfeed well, when do you think an occasional bottle (ie so dh can feed him if I am not there) can be introduced?

Also, I have v leaky boobs and milk everywhere!! Any tips?

Thanks again

tiktok Thu 24-Jul-08 14:24:09

Glad things are going well

Leaking is normal and it will get better over time - some v. unlucky people fnd it's a nuisance for a long time, but most people don't. Obv. breastpads help.

No rush to give a bottle of formula or expressed - really. Opinions and experience differ and if you check archives you'll see this.

You have enough to cope with at the moment - new baby and a toddler and getting bf going. My personal feeling (and experience) is that by the time you feel you can fit in expressing for a bottle, the baby is able to manage a spell away from you between feeds. Missing feeds while someone else gives a bottle is also potentially v uncomfortable for you.

Hope this helps.

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