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Old 07-08-2010, 09:07 AM   #331
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so happy i found this thread - love the disboards! i will be bringing my 5 1/2 old to disney in october and have been stressing about breastfeeding. breastfeeding in public has not been easy for me. DS is already pushing 15 pounds at 9 weeks and is over 24 inches long. i am extremely short and petite (DS gets it all from dad). so not only does DS eat A LOT but breastfeeding is a two hand sitting down job at all times. i am committed to exclusive breastfeeding and really hoping to make it to 6 months. any tips for someone in my situation? i do pump and give him a bottle at times.

what a great thread. thanks!!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #332
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Any suggestions about what to do with a biter? My DS is 10 months today and bit me really badly this morning. He is teething- cutting 6 teeth at once! When my 2nd bit me at 11 months, I stopped nursing because he drew blood every time. I am not ready to stop bfiing and I don't want to pump every feeding if possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
First of all, if you watch him really close while he is nursing you can tell right before he gets ready to do it. His jaw changes and you can quickly move him off before he clamps down. Also if he does bite you, take him off, say "NO!" firmly and set him down on the floor. This is what I did with my daughter and it seemed to work. She bit me so bad one day it brought tears to my eyes and hurt for a few days afterwards. Not fun!
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #333
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so happy i found this thread - love the disboards! i will be bringing my 5 1/2 old to disney in october and have been stressing about breastfeeding. breastfeeding in public has not been easy for me. DS is already pushing 15 pounds at 9 weeks and is over 24 inches long. i am extremely short and petite (DS gets it all from dad). so not only does DS eat A LOT but breastfeeding is a two hand sitting down job at all times. i am committed to exclusive breastfeeding and really hoping to make it to 6 months. any tips for someone in my situation? i do pump and give him a bottle at times.

what a great thread. thanks!!!
He's a new guy (congrats!) so I'd hold off on the bottles until your milk supply is more established, closer to 6 weeks. It's totally normal and to be expected for newborns to nurse .all the time, like every 2 hrs or more. It is def a 2 hand job while you're getting the swing of it, and he's so small. Once he gets better head control, it will get easier. Do you use a nursing pillow? I'd highly recommend one if you don't! (I used a Boppy)

You guys are going in a few months...he'll be eating a little less (more like every 3 hrs probably) and you'll be a pro by then!
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First of all, if you watch him really close while he is nursing you can tell right before he gets ready to do it. His jaw changes and you can quickly move him off before he clamps down. Also if he does bite you, take him off, say "NO!" firmly and set him down on the floor. This is what I did with my daughter and it seemed to work. She bit me so bad one day it brought tears to my eyes and hurt for a few days afterwards. Not fun!
Ditto!!!! DD had 7 teeth before she was 1, and she was the only one who would really bite. I learned to anticipate when she'd do it (when she got drowsy,etc) and unlatch her beforehand.

I was super sore, so I started putting the lanolin back on. At one point she made a cut, and then it was super sore and took awhile to heal. She did outgrow it, and does not bite now. (she's 13 mo)
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Have I mentioned how happy I am that Katie (almost 14 mos) has NO teeth yet! There are some signs of her bottom front teeth now, and I'm sure I'll be her teething ring soon!
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:19 PM   #336
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Hey all! I'm a retired Dairy Queen now, but I just wanted to lend support/encouragement to those breastfeeding in Disneyworld. I didn't breastfeed my first three in the parks(only because we hadn't been to Disney yet), but did breasfeed my last one there when he was a toddler. I did get some funny looks for nursing my 2 year old, but I was so glad I was nursing him while we there. He wound up catching a nasty tummy virus and had to be hospitalized in Orlando due to dehydration. They wanted to him to eat some nasty bright orange popsicles in the hospital, which he promptly vomited up. The doctor's and nurses weren't so thrilled with my nursing and actually discouraged me from doing it, but the only thing that stayed in was mommy's milk! Breastmilk to the rescue! So I just want to encourage you guys not to be embarassed breastfeeding in public. It really is the best thing for your child.
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DS bit me one time. I yelped in pain, which in turn scared him and he started crying. He has never bit me again (that was probably 6 months ago).

I really hope to have DS weaned before we go again next June (he is 15 months now). However, I am really struggling getting him to even consider weaning. He says "milk" (in his own way) and if I tell him no, he starts sobbing. I have tried replacing with a cup of milk, and that is a no go. Any other ideas???
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First of all, if you watch him really close while he is nursing you can tell right before he gets ready to do it. His jaw changes and you can quickly move him off before he clamps down. Also if he does bite you, take him off, say "NO!" firmly and set him down on the floor. This is what I did with my daughter and it seemed to work. She bit me so bad one day it brought tears to my eyes and hurt for a few days afterwards. Not fun!
Yep-he was starting to doze right before he bit. I did take him off and put him down like you suggested, so hopefully it made an impression. I will keep an eye out when he starts slowing down. Thanks!
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DS bit me one time. I yelped in pain, which in turn scared him and he started crying. He has never bit me again (that was probably 6 months ago).

I really hope to have DS weaned before we go again next June (he is 15 months now). However, I am really struggling getting him to even consider weaning. He says "milk" (in his own way) and if I tell him no, he starts sobbing. I have tried replacing with a cup of milk, and that is a no go. Any other ideas???
I started slowly weaning DS at 15 or 18 months...basically if he asked to nurse during a nonsleep associated time (like just because I was around LOL) I'd get up and offer a snack and sippy of milk or juice. Most of the time that made him happy. If it didn't, I would go ahead and nurse him.
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I'm getting a little worried about Katie weaning, too. She LOVES to nurse. Would do it all day. And nothing distracts her. I have to go back to work in 3 wks (teacher), so maybe I can get her on a schedule then, morning, afternoon, and night, then start tapering off around Nov (that is the plan anyway-nursing until 18mos). I don't know that I will be ready to wean by then, since she is my last.....
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so happy i found this thread - love the disboards! i will be bringing my 5 1/2 old to disney in october and have been stressing about breastfeeding. breastfeeding in public has not been easy for me. DS is already pushing 15 pounds at 9 weeks and is over 24 inches long. i am extremely short and petite (DS gets it all from dad). so not only does DS eat A LOT but breastfeeding is a two hand sitting down job at all times. i am committed to exclusive breastfeeding and really hoping to make it to 6 months. any tips for someone in my situation? i do pump and give him a bottle at times.

what a great thread. thanks!!!

Hi!

My lactation ladies would tell me that when I was bit. to push the baby's face into my breast, which would make it difficult for them to breath (just for a second..lol) and they would naturally unclench their teeth. If you pull the baby off, they may be clamped down the entire time...and a nipple between strong new teeth is a painful thing...Just another thing to try!

Also, by 5 months, you will not need to use 2 hands when nursing, thank goodness. You will be amazed at how much multitasking you will be able to get done once your little one really gets the hang of it!

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Hooray!

Great to see this thread! I am currently done breastfeeding my little one, but hope to have another in the future to breastfeed. I say, anyplace the mother is comfortable is a wonderful place to do it!
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I am so glad this thread is here. I had a great bf experience at Disney last Dec.

I am looking for some help weaning my 27 month old ds. He's been ebf since birth and I'm ready to stop. I think He is only bf at night and once during the day, but we co sleep and is waking up and helping himself a few times in the night. We've tried explaining he's a big boy now, but he still calls himself the baby and wants to 'nurse'.

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Wow, I finally made it to the end of this thread! So glad someone started it!

We're going back to WDW in October with our newest addition who will be 9 months (he's 6 months today.) He's exclusively BF on demand right now, but we'll be starting food soon, so I expect by the end of October he'll be nursing a little less. I BF'd with my DD in WDW when she was 2.5 months, and it was a little time consuming, but really easy. All she did at that age was nurse and sleep!

Thanks for the suggestions about rides. I have gotten more comfortable about NIP since my DS1 who is now 4. Back then I was completely awkward and nervous. My trip to Disney with my DD helped me ease up a little, but I still brought my pump and tried to give her bottles of EBM instead of feeding her. I always felt like I was inconveniencing everyone else. I never found the Baby Centers, so I sheepishly covered up with a blanket and hid in a corner, afraid of making others uncomfortable. By #3, I'm way more comfortable and probably more discrete. I am a descrete person by nature, but I've found ways to make myself feel better.

I always wear 2 tanks. Either a nursing tank (target) underneath or just a cami. I do this to cover my stomach. The top tank or tshirt covers everything else. I also just like how the first tank kinda holds in the tummy that I'm still holding onto.

I finally bought an utter cover. I actually really like it. Mine is super thin and I love that it stays on. I don't always use it, but I wish I had had it with my other two.



Some other thought related to this thread:

I love the idea of the big floppy hat. You can't tell the difference if the child is nursing or napping.

I've been a fan of the Target (Gillian O'Malley?) brand of nursing tanks, but I'll have to check out JCP, Motherhood, and a few others mentioned. I hate spending the money since this is our last baby, but I hope to be BFing to at least a year, so it's probably worth it.

Re: nursing so much while on solids... That's part of the reason I'm not starting the little one on solids exactly at 6 months. I think he's pretty much ready, but they are such a pain! Nurse, feed, nurse, feed, nurse, feed, nurse!

Re: sippy cups... both of my older ones have taken a straw at around 6-8 months. I love the Nuby fat straw cups. I practiced by dropping drops of water in their mouths with a regular straw, then got them to suck a little themselves. It didn't take long to get the idea of a straw, especially being BF.

I've exclusively nursed all 3 of my kids (DS for 11 months until he self weaned, DD until 15 months when she self weaned and because of her severe milk protein allergies.) I never thought I'd breastfeed since my mom didn't BF any of her kids. But being an RN, I knew it was best, and I wanted to just give it a try. Thankfully, my oldest didn't give me too many problems after the first 28 days of excruciating soreness. After I made it through that, it's been smooth sailing. Here's my nod to all the women who have BF their kids for 1 day, 1 month, 1 year and beyond. It is the most beautiful, natural thing we can do as moms. You've given your babies the best start in life! Don't listen to anyone telling you otherwise!

Oh, there's so much more I thought about commenting along the way reading these 23 pages, but I'm off now before I have to get up in a few hours with the babe.
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One more thing, though! I have an ellaroo wrap and a BabyHawk mei tai. I have never tried nursing in either! I'm a pretty limber person, but I don't know about that I'm sure I could find a tutorial. Since DS is a rather large kid (18 lbs 6 oz when last weighed @ 4 months -- 2 months ago), I bet I'll be using the mei tai more in WDW. Thanks for the idea!
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