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Elijah is a "slurper"

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bubble99 Tue 05-Apr-05 23:20:56

We're doing really well with BF but Elijah tends to slurp and take in lots of air when he feeds. Result? Windy baby. He's latching on OK though he doesn't have a big mouth, unlike his dear Mama and I'm wondering if any of you have any advice on positions etc. I love BF lying down in bed but this seems to be the worst position for ol' windy chops and me sitting with him lying across my lap seems to work best. Any ideas?

kid Tue 05-Apr-05 23:24:29

never breast fed myself but just wanted to say I'm pleased BF is going well for you. Maybe a pillow might help?

JanH Tue 05-Apr-05 23:26:03

Rugby hold?

hunkermunker Tue 05-Apr-05 23:30:31

DS was a slurper too - I didn't feed him successfully lying down until he was several months old (do it now whenever I get the chance - mmm, lying down...!).

I used to use the cross-cradle hold with DS as I found it meant he latched on more successfully than with the traditional cradle hold. It's not very comfy for mum though Switched to the traditional cradle hold when he was able to latch on by himself - think he was about three months old.

Is Elijah still called Footle?

pixiefish Tue 05-Apr-05 23:32:06

Booster pillow across your knee to support him high up. As a newborn I had problems feeding dd lying down- no probs now that she's 14 months old because she's bigger but I think you may have more success if you do it sitting up for now.

RTMTMML Tue 05-Apr-05 23:42:04

DT2 was and still is a bit of a slurper. He was windy for ages. Still manages to bring up a bit of wind now 14 months later. I just fed him however I felt like because it seemed that he would be windy whatever I did. Well done for bfing him. I agree with the ones who have said that you should do whatever works best for you. It will change in time and he won't be quite so windy.

bubble99 Tue 05-Apr-05 23:43:29

Oh yes HM he's still partial to a spot of Footling (needs to pronounced Fooootling to get the full effect.) He's a little darling with such a nice nature. He'll footle around looking for a boob, little grunting noises and worried brow and he seems to have a constant "party in his pants" due to wind but on the whole he's easy peasy. I'm really going to regret saying that aren't I? Touch wood etc.

I took the 3 bubble boys down to Hastings yesterday to stay with a friend for the night. Lovely day by the beach (in the rain) and in the evening Elijah went to sleep no probs at 8pm. Just in time for mummy to have a few vinos, that might account for the wind Slept till midnight. Fed, slept till 5am quick half- asleep feed. Slept till 9am. Yipee! Unfortunately older DS's and friend's kids up at 7am.

hunkermunker Tue 05-Apr-05 23:45:17

Oh, I remember that worried brow look - I used to tell DS he was far too young to look so furrowed! Little Foooootle - he sounds so delightful!

bubble99 Wed 06-Apr-05 00:04:38

He is HM It took me two days to even realise I had a live baby. I was so shocked by Bo's death that the MW's had to wheel me round to the neo- natal unit to see Elijah. I hadn't asked. When I first saw him I just kept wondering if/when he would die as well. For the first two weeks or so I was frightened to love him too much in case I lost him. Even now I'm amazed that he's still alive when I wake up in the morning. I wonder if this is a common reaction. I gave birth to my two older DS's without a hitch and felt so confident in what my body could do. We want Elijah to have a younger sibling for his sake, but, if I'm honest, it's also to prove to myself that chilbirth doesn't have to be the horrible traumatic event that it was last time. I suppose if I am lucky enough to get pregnant again I'll need to have another CS. Mr Bubble has already said that we have to have as risk free a delivery as possible and I agree.

hunkermunker Wed 06-Apr-05 00:12:40

I would imagine that it is an extremely common reaction, Bubble. I often think of you - I was stroking DS's nose as he drifted off to sleep tonight and thinking how glad I was you had Elijah and how sorry I was you didn't have Bo.

I want to write more, but I have no idea how to put it into words xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

bubble99 Wed 06-Apr-05 00:26:42

Nothing more to say HM is there really? Be sure to give your DS an extra kiss from us. You know how it is when you're pregnant and people ask whether you want a girl or a boy? The standard answer is that you don't mind as long as he/she is healthy. How true that seems now. We've got two older DS's and when I was pregnant with the twins, we didn't want to know the sexes but I secretly hoped that at least one of them would be a girl. After the whole awful event I was just so glad that one of them had survived that I honestly didn't care about the gender. People see us now with three boys and say "I suppose you're hoping for a girl next time?" Not any more, girl or boy. Alive will do. And yes, I am so glad that I've got Elijah. I've wondered over the last few weeks what it must be like to lose a single baby and have all of the hormonal reminders, milk arriving and no baby to feed. It must be awful.

I'm off to feed the Footle now. Night night HM and thanks for "talking."

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