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Breastfeeding Blog Hop Week 15: Comfort Nursing

Posted: April 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: #Judahthetank, Blog Hop, Breastfeeding, Kids, Mom stuff, Weaning | 9 Comments »

If there is one thing I know about breastfeeding, it is comfort nursing.

I called Judah a “good” nurser from day 1. Mostly because he was eager and seemed to want to nurse all the time. I remember tweeting about the constant rooting and endless sessions while I was still in the hospital. I think on day 3 I did something I never thought I would do: I called the nurse and asked her to bring me a pacifier! I needed a break and a few hours of sleep. Of course he wanted nothing to do with it! He couldn’t get enough of me.

He wanted to nurse every hour, on the hour and often for 45 minutes at a time, sometimes longer. That gave me what…a 15 minute break? We went on like this for MONTHS. During this time he wasn’t gaining weight and we had to supplement pumped milk (when I found time to pump in all of that is a mystery). Then I went to work and he needed to have a few hours between sessions, but the sessions were still long.

Some people said I should have put him down after 10 minutes, 15 minutes etc. etc. “he’s using you as a pacifier!” is a favorite, “he doesn’t need to nurse that much…he’s not getting anything after 20 minutes anyway” is also commonly heard. I ignore it. He’s not going to nurse forever.

And, he is getting something. First off, he’s getting the majority of his nourishment (we are practicing Baby-led weaning). He is also getting the comfort he needs to sleep, it was the only time he ever naps without crying (I know- another bad habit I instilled in him). I also think it gives him the confidence to go out and knock down the milestones. He sat up, crawled and cruised way earlier than his brothers- we’re working on standing unassisted and walking right now. You can guess what calms him down when he bumps his head or gets pushed down by Lincoln or Wyatt!

And, in the end, I was getting something. Without that seemingly constant nursing, my supply would have been gone. I know, lots of people like to tell women with supply issues that it’s not real (‘Very few women actually have supply issues!”) but I had supply issues. Him nursing around the clock and bed-sharing is the only thing that saved that. Every time he skips a session we spend days going through the frustration of getting everything back into place.

Would I do this again knowing the time I’d need to dedicate to such an endeavor? Of course I would.

This isn’t going to last forever.

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9 Comments on “Breastfeeding Blog Hop Week 15: Comfort Nursing”

  1. 1 Callista said at 9:31 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    How did you make time for your other kids with round the clock nursing? My 2 week old sometimes (but not always) wants to nurse every hour but I find I get nothing else done. I do enjoy the nursing time of course but after a while I get sick of sitting still.

  2. 2 erinclot said at 9:39 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    I don't get anything done. Ever. That's the downside I guess! I spend a lot of time on twitter and reading blogs on my phone during nursing sessions to keep myself busy. Recently he's been a little more vocal about me doing anything else while we nurse, so I've been putting down the phone as often as I can. He's started nursing for shorter periods too- now I can get things done around the house!Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

  3. 3 Erin said at 1:16 am on April 15th, 2011:

    YES. This last paragraph. This. I was thinking about this too- I feel like I get as much comfort out of it as my son. Which amazes me. I mean, sometimes breastfeeding hurts. And yet, it makes me feel good too(ah those hormones!)

    Yeah, I don't think I got much done before like month 4….

  4. 4 erinclot said at 2:03 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    I think you get really comfortable just letting things go for awhile. It doesn't last forever!

  5. 5 Jen - Life With Levi said at 10:13 pm on April 20th, 2011:

    I'm so glad you shared your perspective. I hate the "they don't need it" or "they aren't getting anything" comments. They are!

  6. 6 erinclot said at 10:37 pm on April 20th, 2011:

    I know- I'm OK being a pacifier if the alternative is a bit more chaos because he's not happy and won't be calmed. There is plenty of time for that.

  7. 7 Jen - Life With Levi said at 10:14 pm on April 20th, 2011:

    Also, love the new look of your blog!

  8. 8 erinclot said at 10:36 pm on April 20th, 2011:

    Thanks. I just needed a change while I wait for my redesign…it's very bare.

  9. 9 lilburghers said at 3:35 pm on April 21st, 2011:

    Thank you for sharing your take on nursing! When my son was a week old, I wanted to give up because he was basically doing the same thing, only every 2 hours not every one. Bless you for being able to have the strength to keep up the GOOD WORK! While I didn't give up, I did have to resort to, "ok kid, you get 15 minutes each side then Mom gets a break"…during which time I would give him a pacifier because I was breaking. Posts like this are what moms like us need to hear–we are not "out of the norm" because our kids just can't get enough of us!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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