Thursday, February 01, 2007

babe in arms (one hand typing)

hi all,

thanks for the suggestions.

baby fingernails taste good !

i've got nursing pads, but leak so prodigiously i soak right through them when trying to nurse the other side. cloth diapers seem to be the best solution so far.

we are cosleeping. we bouhght a co-sleeper but so far she's spent about a minute in it. sleeping with her on my chest or by my side is just easier on everyone for now. but she won't nurse in the side lying position.

8 comments:

K said...

My daughter wouldn't feed in the side position either. I remember those first days, but it's a bit hazy. It just gets better and better.

Writer Chica said...

when she's nursing on one side, use your elbow/forearm to press the other breast against your chest. that should slow it down a little. and it just takes time. your breasts and your baby will make a great team and your milk supply will adjust.

jo(e) said...

I was just coming in to make the same suggestion as Writer Chica. Applying pressure on the nipple that you aren't nursing from will help stop it from leaking when you are nursing on the other side.

And your body will eventually adjust. The leaking doesn't last forever. Honest.

(Oh, my hint for re-usable nursing pads? Men's cotton handkerchiefs. You can buy them in any department store, and once they have been washed, they are soft. Just fold them up and stick them in your bra. I found them much more comfortable than nursing pads.)

Lab Lemming said...

What sort of nappies are you using?

ScienceWoman said...

lab lemming - I'm using disposables against my better sensibilities. But we can't be perfect all the time I guess.

PhD Mom said...

Side lying took a couple of weeks for my daughter to get down. They need a sufficient degree of head strength. Give it another go every few days and see if she catches on.

Rebecca said...

Sciencewoman, for my son we use gDiapers, which have the perfect combination of advantages of disposables and cloth. They are a pants with disposable pads inside, but the way you dispose of the pads is to flush them down the toilet. Basically you tear the pad open, shake out the stuff inside it, stir it around until it dissolves in the toilet water, and then flush. So you don't have to do that much laundry (you do have to wash the pants after a big blowout) and you don't have that nasty diaper smell (because it all flushes down the toilet) and you also don't have to feel guilty about all the solid waste you're creating.

They work pretty well, but I have two small critiques of them: first, they are bulkier than disposables (don't know how they compare to actual cloth diapers, probably about the same) and second, disposing of poopy diapers is pretty darn disgusting. Also I wish they were cheaper, but not only are they environmentally friendly but they are employee friendly (as in, they don't abuse their workers) so you pay a premium for that.

Anyhow I just thought I'd spread the word about gDiapers and encourage you to check them out.

Gago said...

i agree...