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  • @llli*gemma1st's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 PM
    I am asking for my daughter who has Ehlers Danlos syndrome. She really wants to breastfeed my grandson but with the issues I had we are concerned. Is there something she can do now to help when he gets here and when he does is there something she can do to help. I also have this and when I had her it was a nightmare. I still have scars from trying.
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    Today, 08:06 PM
    What do you think about the eating frequency? It's been like that for a while. Do you think that will spread out? I keep reading that at this age babies eat more like every 3 hours during the day...
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 PM
    Thanks for the response. I was able to get the NP at my GYN's office to coordinate with two of my LC's, one of whom is at some national lactation conference in DC right now. They are all suggesting I go on a six week course of antibiotics to resolve the pain. I am obviously a bit leery as I've already been on 4 antibiotics since last July, and I can't know for certain what the origin of the pain is. Baby is 3.5 months old. Have you heard anything about this course of treatment for unresolved nipple pain? Is there anything on line about it? I can't really find anything. This is apparently being recommended by some of the foremost experts in the country that my LC is talking to at the conference. BTW, I went off the GV at this point. so now I'm just finishing what I have left of the diflucan, using mupricin, and a probiotic. I've also decided to wait a few days before deciding to take the antibiotic, just so I can see where my pain level is once I'm off all the thrush stuff.
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  • @llli*van.walker's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 PM
    Hello, ladies! I was wondering if anyone had suggestions or advice regarding nursing pads. I currently use disposable pads but I don't like the amount of waste it creates nor having to constantly buy nursing pads. I'd appreciate any feedback. Thank you. :)
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  • @llli*macnbean49's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 PM
    Hello, I need advice please. My healthy 6 month old daughter and I have been breastfeeding only, but in the past couple weeks she will not lay down to eat, and is distracted by every little noise. I can't feed her in public anymore, and feeding in total silence and darkness is not always an option. So I am unfortunately going to be switching to pumping for most of her meals. She is still pretty calm for her nighttime feeds and her first morning feed, so I will try to continue breastfeeding for those, but I am going to have to pump for everything else. So, the problem is, I'm just not producing enough. I used to, but in the past three weeks my production has dropped. I pump after her morning feed, but will only get another 1/2 oz-1oz, and I try to pump once more when my husband gives her a bottle, but I'll only get another 3-4 oz if I'm lucky. I eat well, exercise, take fenugreek, lots of peanut butter, oatmeal, flaxseed, and my daughter has no allergies. My question is, how long/how often do I have to pump to get my production back up? I'm sure this has already been answered, but I need help for someone that needs better milk production advice/pumping almost exclusive advice Please! Thank you all for your help in advance. I hate that I won't be BF exclusively anymore, so this is the next best thing!
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  • @llli*midnightsangel's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Growth slows down around this time for most babies. If they kept gaining an ounce a day, we would be huge by toddlerhood! As long as diapers continue to be okay, and she still seems happy and healthy, I wouldn't worry about it! It's also common for babies to grow in fits and starts. Some weeks they might be working on height and thus not gaining as much and other weeks they might be trying to pack on the meat, so they gain more. As long as baby is not losing weight, everything sounds nornal.
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  • @llli*jayvidandraydensmommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:19 AM
    I have just encountered something I have never before. I felt like I had a clogged duct when I woke up, so I nursed LO back to sleep. I then got my pump ready and pumped that side. As I was transferring the milk into a storage bag, I was left with this yellow, thick gunk in the bottom of the bottle. I never pumped with my first and had several clogs. Never mastitis though. Any thoughts? Is it safe to give him the expressed milk and nurse him on that side?
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 AM
    So, my LO is 3 months on the 6th. She eats every 1-2 hours (except at night - she'll go about 4 hours between feeds +/-). Her eating time has also gone down in the last few weeks. She will only eat for 2-4 minutes at a time. And I can never get her to eat from both sides no matter how hard I try. She's not falling asleep, she's just done when she's done and doesn't want anything to do with eating afterwards. I know my milk production is still great. I had an OP issue at the beginning which has gotten a lot better but I still spray in the mornings and middle of night and sometimes in between feeds during the day. After she's done, I'll hand express a bit just to be sure there's still milk coming out. She has also gotten really temperamental in the last couple weeks. She'll give me hunger cues and will then fight me when I try to feed her. I have to put the pacifier in her mouth and get her calm and only then she'll take my nipple. In the last 3 weeks she's only gained 9 oz. Before that she had really great weight gain, but this last 3 weeks she's not gaining the average amount (isn't is supposed to be at least 4 oz ever week?). She's definitely not sick... no temperature. She's very active, happy and responsive (except for when she's being fussy).
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 09:45 AM
    Co-sleeping isn't controversial here. It's mostly an accepted method for getting more sleep. Especially with infants that are breastfeeding. BUT as someone who did it (And still does it some TBH) I can tell you that to actuallly nightwean my child, I needed to move out of the bed he was sleeping in. He couldn't go all night if I was laying next to him. He smelled milk. He wanted milk. But if he was asleep with my DH, he could and did. So I am not mad that you co-sleep. It makes sense. I am just suggesting you put a bit more effort into getting her into the co-sleeper because even ONE solid period of 2-3 hours would probably really help with your disposition. Like....there are periods when we all are up around the clock the way you describe. And it is exhausting. But anytime I was in one of those spaces (Growth spurts or teething) getting ONE solid stretch made me feel like a person again. One thing I would suggest to get her to go down and stay down in the co-sleeper is to either walk around with her in a wrap all day (I was a moby wearer) and then use that to swaddle her at night. Or take a PJ top that you have been wearing for a day or more and use it like a sheet. Get the mama stink IN the co-sleeper!
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  • @llli*emersushea's Avatar
    Today, 07:25 AM
    Thanks for the replies. We do have an Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper and I can sometimes get her to sleep in there otherwise she bed shares with me (I know it's controversial but it's the only way she and I can get sleep with her feeding so much). Its been tricky for me to nap when she sleeps because we've had some construction happening on our house and lots of visitors I should be saying no to. Her hunger cues are that she gets restless, starts rooting, mouthing and then if I let it go it turns to frantic cries. I hadn't thought of reflux. She tends to get hiccups after a big feed and in the beginning seemed to confuse an upset tummy with hunger. I'll try wearing her more during the day.
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    "Boob cozy" love it! :D
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  • @llli*yorkshiregirl76's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 AM
    Hi, my 6 wk old has suddenly started biting with her gums & bobbing her head around before finally latching on. She also doesn't want to feed after my let down. This has been going on for 2 days now. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    This is normal, if fairly extreme, behavior. Djsmom made an excellent suggestion about sleep- if your baby is waking because she senses that she is alone, moving her into your bed or into a co-sleeping crib would probably help a lot. By extension, you might gain more pauses between daytime feedings if you wear your baby in a sling. Babies often cry to nurse because they sense that they have been put down in a bassinet and they want to be in moms arms. One reason a baby might want to nurse frequently is reflux. Milk is a mild antacid and frequent swallowing helps keep stomach contents down where they belong. If reflux is in the mix, try holding your baby upright for a nice long time after nursing- a sling will help with this during the day.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:08 AM
    Are you home with your baby, or back at work? If you're home, I think you should feel free to enjoy the long stretches of sleep a much as possible. Wake the baby to nurse if you are too uncomfortable, or hand express, or haul out the pump. But don't worry about supply. Your baby will probably make up for missed nursing sessions during the night by nursing more during the day, and if he starts needing nighttime calories again, he'll go back ot night nursing and boost your supply back up where he needs it to be. If you are at work for most of the day, then I think it is more important to continue to night nurse even if baby seems to want to sleep. This is because working moms tend to need to be a bit more cautious with supply. They are relying on the pump for much of the day, and pumps aren't as good as babies at maintaining milk supply. Also, if a mom's supply drops when she's home, her baby just nurses up a storm and boosts it. But a working mom can't necessarily add a ton of pump sessions to her day, and it can be harder to combat a pump slump.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 AM
    Ouch! :eye It sounds like you have a particularly persistent pincher. I wonder if you could make a... Well, the only term I can think of is a "boob cozy". Wrap the breast that baby is nursing on in some foam material- that way he can't get to your skin but (hopefully) is satisfied by pinching the foam because it has that same squishable texture?
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 AM
    I would just pump enough to take the edge off. And ENJOY IT. (It probably won't last) but enjoy it while it's happening!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 AM
    Yep. If you are fine nursing while together and are planing to feed 3-5 times in a 24hour you don't actually need to replace your milk. So as long as it's not JUST down for bed at night? But like also "hello" when you see him after work and either down for a nap or 1st thing the morning, if your DCP can feed him whole milk fine. But mine couldn't. My son didn't like it. And I didn't sweat it. He drank water in a sippy while away from me and nursed on demand while together. So go ahead. PUMP WEAN!!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 AM
    Ouch Mama! That IS a ton. Is the situation that she is crying to eat this often or are you feeding her every time she roots? It IS normal to eat every hour while awake, but usually you get at least one stretch that is longer than that at night. Are you co-sleeping? If so, I'd try an arms reach bassinet. Babies tend to sleep better NEAR their mothers but sometimes being TOO close can actually stimulate night time waking because they can smell the milk. However often being TOO far away also makes them wake. So being within arms reach so you can TOUCH her if she stirs so she knows you are there WITHOUT needing to get up or feed her sounds like it might really help both of you. In the mean time, I would suggest that at this point, you do NOTHING but rest and feed. Because you are awake at this point WAY too much. So while you get it evened out, I would lay down and rest with her every time she naps. What I found as a new mother was that your sleep needs change. You still need to try to get 8 hours in a 24hour period. But you don't actually need them all together. So focus on going down with her for her naps. Wishing you 3solid hours in a row!!!
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    Today, 03:06 AM
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