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11/6/15 10:21 A

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I guess I should say, it's probably not 100% recommended to sleep with them like that, but we honestly needed the sleep so bad! Do you have an infant swing? I know a lot of people whose babies really liked sleeping in those.

If/when he's okay being swaddled I highly suggest the Halo sleepsack swaddlers. They were the only ones she couldn't bust out of (and end up with over her face!) My LO slept swaddled until 5 months because she just loved it so much. A pacifier was a must for us as well (we love the MAM brand ones) and didn't seem to affect breastfeeding.

It may just be a matter of learning your baby. My LO loved to be snuggled horizontally tummy to tummy and rocked side to side. Other babies might like to be held up on your shoulder. Every baby is different! Just do your best to watch for his cues. Try and feed him and put him to sleep before he is super hungry or super tired and you may be able to avoid some of the crying. Newborns sleep a lot!

If you need any other help with the breastfeeding, feel free to message me. I feel like many people give up to quickly because it is so hard/painful, but it's really worth it and I treasure that time I have with my daughter.

Hang in there! Do your best to take care of yourself as well and don't be afraid to ask for help!

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11/6/15 12:09 A

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Abby THANK YOU so much for this post!!! I have heard so much not to fall asleep with the baby I couldn't figure out how we would do that if the kiddo was in a bassinet! And we can't keep our eyes open!!!

I pulled out the breast pump and used it today per your advice. They felt a little better but still really hard and engorged so my plan is to feed Ben then pump once a day or so until this soreness wears off . I donno one day at a time right?!?

I feel so much better after reading all of your experiences. You have no idea! And my hormones have been all over the place! You just want to nap till it's all back to normal but clearly that's not an option!!! Thanks for your help ❤️❤&#
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11/5/15 11:35 A

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Okay, deep breath! It gets easier, I promise!!!

Do you have a breast pump? If so, you may be able to use that to pump a little "off the top" to make yourself less engorged. He will get better with the latching as he gets older and your body will also regulate itself in terms of how much milk you produce.

Its hard to do, but you HAVE to make sure you have a good latch when you start breastfeeding. The soreness comes a lot from an improper latch. Basically, a lot of your nipple/breast needs to be in his mouth with a wide mouth and lips flared. Just sucking on your nipple will HURT.

Also, if you haven't already worked with a lactation consultant or found a breastfeeding support group to join, I would highly suggest trying to connect with someone. No one tells you that it's not easy breastfeeding, but it is SO worth sticking it out!! I would have never made it if I hadn't gotten some help from a lactation nurse and mommy support group.

Use lanolin cream between feedings if you are sore.

The baby may not really sleep in a bassinet by himself for a while. It's a big scary new world for him and being snuggled is comforting. Swaddling really helped my LO, but my husband and I definitely spent a lot of nights the first couple weeks sleeping with her in a recliner. Its also totally normal for their days and nights to be messed up at first.

Finally, do not underestimate how crazy post-birth hormones and lack of sleep are! I was a mess in the first two weeks because I was so sleep deprived and breastfeeding was hard. I wanted to be supermom and wasn't taking care of myself. Ask for help from whoever you can. Even if you just need a baby holder while you take a shower or eat! Give yourself a break, you've just been through something huge.

Please PM if you want any more help or advice, I went through a lot to breastfeed my daughter. She turns 1 in two weeks and we are still nursing. You can do it!!

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I'm home with my newborn and am so lost!!! Breast feeding is hurting so badly my milk is in and now my breasts are so big and painful that it is harder to get him to latch and my whole body hurts so bad. He cries and cries and I can't soothe him. How do you entertain a newborn? How do we get him to lay by himself in the bassinet? Oh man I don't know how to do this and I feel so bad for him!!!

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