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 Laid back/ baby-led bfing

I just heard about this literally this weekend (which annoys me), and it makes a lot of sense.

Does anyone here know much about it? Is it worth it to change the position/way I feed DD in now, or should I just tuck the info away in case I'm ever blessed with another baby? Have you seen a picture/video of a baby my DD's age bfing this way, because while I understand how a newborn would fit, I'm not sure how I'd go about this with my 17lb 6 month old...

HALP! And I can't go to LLL.

I know this is a lot of questions, so thanks if you can help me out!

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 12 Sep 2011 10:04 PM
 20 Aug 2002
Lesley
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I just googled it cause I wasn't sure if you meant letting baby nurse when they want or something else.

One day, my back was really hurting me and I was tired and Chelsey nursed laying on top of me. It was just the once, but I didn't hate it. She was a bit older.

Try it, see what happens. Worse case scenario is your DD will fuss or cry to let you know it's not the position for her.

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 12 Sep 2011 10:14 PM
 30 Oct 2010
 East Coast
MySensesReeled
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I googled it too. I do this all the time smile It does hurt my back sometimes though. We usually sleep at night laying back with him draped over my body and when my back starts hurting we roll over to the side position. Both positions he latches on as he pleases!

As for the baby led breastfeeding, we did this as soon as Oliver was born and he tried to latch! Then I used to "play" with him. He'd root and pull himself up from my stomach to my breasts when I was laid back and latch himself! I haven't done this with him in weeks since he plays for real now lol.

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 12 Sep 2011 11:04 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
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I have kind of being trying it, and she's pretty confused, although it works ok. I've just heard of a lot of benefits and am wondering if it's worth looking into further or doing at this point, KWIM? I didn't have a lot of time to ask questions, but I know there are some bfing gurus around here. I just don't remember who they are. I suppose I could just google it, but google info is so sketchy and some people on here really know their stuff.

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 13 Sep 2011 1:39 AM
 19 Aug 2001
 Calgary
sonyan
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We do it lots. I get more sleep that way, heh.

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 13 Sep 2011 7:30 AM
 30 Oct 2010
 East Coast
MySensesReeled
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I don't know if it helped him but Oliver has excellent neck control compared to other babies. So this morning I checked to see if he will still latch because I remember the health nurse telling me he will lose the ability to root but he rooted and pulled himself all the way up to my boob and and it took him approximately 3 minutes and lot of grunting but no squealing (the sound he makes when he is getting upset) and then he perfectly latched!

As for the laid back breast feeding. I have my bed setup with a large dog bed that is laid against the headboard and then on the bed to make it an arch, a couple of pillows and I'm nice and comfy with support on either side of my arms. That is how do it and sleep well! I was lucky though, the dog bed was really cheap for me because I work at a petstore and I got it for cost plus 10% so it was only $13.00 for me.

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 13 Sep 2011 7:31 AM
 16 Dec 2005
 Ottawa, ON
emmy_jayne
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What are the benefits you were told, out of curiosity? I did it a handful of times with my DD (and DS) just to change things up.. and then once she started being able to pull herself to a stand, she would sometimes come up to me, lift up my shirt and latch on. Kind of made me think "What is this, an all you can eat buffet?", ha ha. I don't find it the most comfortable but they do seem to have more control over the flow that way.

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 13 Sep 2011 7:35 AM
 5 May 2007
 Hong Kong
airborne_mama
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I would just file it away for the next baby. It helps stimulate their instincts to nurse, which in your DD's case are already well in use. It does work really well for a newborn but your DD is going to start experimenting with positions soon enough so I would just go with what works for now. Why mess with what is working KWIM?

I did BF my DD upright for the year I nursed her and still do BF my little guy that way from time to time. He just skootches down my body till things line up properly.

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 13 Sep 2011 10:33 AM
 28 Jan 2007
 Brampton, Ontario
Frappedisano
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sigh.

I wish the hospital I delivered at was like that, Peach. Instead, they gave me a time limit to nurse and when he didn't cooperate they actually took him away from me and force fed him a bottle. Which then caused him to puke everywhere and break out in hives (milk allergy). Ugh. I was not impressed.

As for the laid back nursing, I did that a lot with DS both in the early days and even into toddlerhood. I always let him feed where, when and how he wanted. I dunno if we did it 'by the book' or whatever, but it worked well for us. He was always a great eater and always knew where to find his boobies. I learned early that forcing him to the breast only upset him. When he was able to do it alone he was much happier.

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 13 Sep 2011 12:36 PM
 22 Mar 2003
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When I had trouble nursing DD (day 5) I went to our OEYC and they had lactation consultants (they no longer have the funding for it and it breaks my heart because it was such a good resource) in addition to my midwives. Anyway...

This is what the LC did with me and it was really cool to watch DD. It helped in the beginning when she was small but right now with DS, he is too rough and it wouldn't be comfortable.

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 13 Sep 2011 12:44 PM
 13 Sep 2006
 Ottawa
eldender
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I will have to google this as I have no clue what it is! J is almost 2 months, is that early enough? He was a month early though, so should only be 3 weeks old right now if that makes a difference?

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 13 Sep 2011 1:16 PM
 30 Jun 2007
 Victoria
Tropical777
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It was talked about at our pre-natal classes. I tried that with ds but he was just so small and would fight eating (undiagnosed reflux that made meals painful for him so he would resist feeding) that it just didn't work for him.

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 13 Sep 2011 1:33 PM
 30 Oct 2009
 Montreal
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I usedthis method a bit in the beginning with DS since I'd heard about it at my LLL meetings. I see it as a method that'smostly designed to take full advantage of a newborn's powerful rooting reflex. I don't know if you can use this method with a baby your LO's age, since I presume that he can find your boob and latch on from just about any angle if he's hungry (I know that my DS has very strong nipple radar!)

that being said, you could still like pp suggested let your LO breastfeed sitting up so that he figures out his position and alignment himself.

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 14 Sep 2011 1:32 AM
 7 Sep 2008
 Ontario
Canaci
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The midwives had us try this when ODD was born. We had lots of BFing issues though at the start and it took awhile to work through them. YDD did/does this too smile

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 15 Sep 2011 11:37 AM
 13 Sep 2006
 Ottawa
eldender
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Ok, how do I do this? I googled it and kept just finding a book to buy.

Can someone link a page that explains how to?

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 15 Sep 2011 3:13 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
samoreo
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Thanks for all the info, everyone smile

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