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  • @llli*angelpoo11's Avatar
    Today, 10:57 PM
    My DD is a preemie and I was pumping for her when she was in the NICU for a month and another 3 weeks at home so I can bottle feed her and add her fortifier. I used to bottle feed 50ml every 3 hours and nurse at night and between her bottles when she wants it. Now I want to exclusively breastfeed but all this pumping and nursing has caused a horrible horrible over supply. I had oversupply with my first who was EBF from the get go and block feeding worked well to calm it down. But this time, I am doing 3 hour blocks and my breasts are painfully engorged at 2 hours. DD eats every 3-4 hours. I try to hand express a little out but I start to feel pain again very soon after. I would pump about 50oz a day when she was in the nicu and my freezer is filled with frozen milk. I am donating most of it because there's no way my DD can drink it all. Because she was premature and small for her gestational age, she's 6weeks now but still only drinking 50ml when I bottle feed her. She was never able to drain my breast completely and she only takes one side per feed. I used to pump before her feed but. It's making the OS worst so I stopped. She's not miserable and choking and crying at the breast. Any advice on how to fix a severe OS with a very small baby? (She's only 6 pounds)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:28 PM
    Welcome to the forum! If baby is generally happy with 11 oz, I would probably try to send 11 oz per day, but give the daycare some extra frozen milk to put in their freezer in case of emergencies. Maybe a few 1-3 oz bottles that they can break out if needed- like if you get stuck in traffic while commuting, or if the baby has a day when she is going through a growth spurt and is ravenous. I would send the extra in frozen form so that it won't be too easy for the daycare workers to give extra milk. On average, breastfed babies take about 1.5 oz per hour of separation from mom, with some babies taking less (1-1.5 oz) and some taking more 1.5-2 oz). For an 8.5 hour separation, sticking to the 1.5 oz per hour standard means you'd want to leave 12.75 oz. it's fine if you're leaving 11, as long as the baby is happy. But don't be too shocked if the baby starts wanting more than you are currently providing. I know what you are doing entails a huge amount of work, so please pat yourself on the back for those hard-wom bottles of milk!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 PM
    Welcome to the forum! Can you give us some more information about your situation? It would be helpful to know the following: - Is baby mostly nursing, mostly getting bottles but nursing sometimes, or is he only being fed via bottles? - How does nursing feel? - How do you know your baby needs 5 oz at a time? - How do you know you are only producing 1 oz at a time? - How often do you pump, what sort of pump are you using, and how does pumping feel? - What led you to supplement- that is, did you supplement due to low weight gain, due to the baby acting fussy after feedings, due to low pump output, or something else? - How has baby's weight gain been? -
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:17 PM
    Would you be open to getting a professional baby scale for home use? With one of those, you can do weigh-feed-weigh measurements to determine pretty much exactly how much baby takes at the breast, allowing you to know whether or not you need to supplement, and how much supplement you need to give. Doing frequent weighed feeds is time consuming, and is definitely not something that the average mom needs to be doing. But in special circumstances, like yours, I think a scale can be a very useful tool.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 PM
    How do you do it, if you do it? I have a Medela Freestyle and want to do this hands free if possible. I have two different hands free bustiers, but I don't think that they would facilitate a baby nursing on one side (I think the baby would end up with fabric in the face). I was thinking maybe I would cut holes in a sports bra, with one side being small for the pump and the other side being large for the baby to nurse from. I could do it with two sports bras to facilitate switching sides each day. My baby isn't born yet, but this is my fourth, so I'm not new to breastfeeding or pumping, but I haven't ever tried this. I would like to pump one side while nursing on the other side in the morning when I tend to be most full to help facilitate the pumped side letting down. I have a long history with the pump, and getting my body to let down with the pump takes time (and a lot of deep breathing and peaceful thoughts!). So, I thought I could save myself some time and pumping misery and do it all at once. I work out of the home full-time, so having a freezer stash when I go back to work is really important to me.
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  • @llli*niklas.sarah's Avatar
    Today, 05:29 PM
    So this is my 3rd child, and I breast fed the other two very successfully for over a year. My newest little one was born at 37 weeks due to iugr. In the hospital she was on a feeding tube for 24 hours and then I was allowed to nurse her using SNS. Once my milk came on I was allowed to nurse with the shield. She had lost 9 ounces by the time we were discharged and a total of 11 lost by our first dr appointment 2 days later. 2 days after that weight was steady and by that friday, she had gained an ounce. I have done 3 feed and weighs, and bott line is she only transfers about 1/2 an ounce per feeding. Therefore the pedi has asked us to give bottles and enhance with neosure to give it more calories. I am pumping 6 times a day and nursing 3 times or more overnight. On average I pump about 10 ounces a day maybe 11.5 if you count the nursing overnight. Bottom line is I do not want to be an exclusive pumper. I hate it to the very core of my being and right now I am making enough for her because she is only taking 1 to 1.5 ounces a feed. Not that I am lazy bUT I am having trouble feeling connected to my new little friend when all I can do is listen to her scream while I pump. I hate it! This is souch harder than nursing.
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  • @llli*kvaughn's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 PM
    Does anybody have any recommendation on how to increase their breast milk production? My baby is 4 months old and takes about 5oz per feeding and I'm only making 1oz per feeding. I've had to substitute with formula for over a month while trying to increase my output with no luck. I've tried fenugreek supplements, lactation cookies, drinking tons of water, pumping to stimulate more production. Nothing seems to be helping.
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 PM
    The LC did not do before and after weight check. She tried a simple SNS with him (a syringe and tube) but he could not get anything as he could not suck, she said it might not work in our case. I suppose it depends on the system? I heard that they are time consuming and fiddly which put me off a bit. Baby is taking 30 ounces a day and I am pumping 20 ounces. I sometimes pump slightly less depending on our day. My night time pumping sessions are usually higher output than day time: 3.5 ounces or more, if I pump just after baby nurses then around 2 ounces. When he was ebf, he was feeding all the time. Because he was jaundiced as well as tongue tied, it was very difficult to keep him awake. He was falling asleep within minutes of feeding on breast. According to LC, he still has poor suction and is not well coordinated. Switching to bottles and pumping was a time management issue. I stuck to syringe and cup feeding as long as I could but couldn't cope in the end. I can try nursing and then pumping as much as I can. The only issue is that I would like to increase my supply and I will not be able to tell how much he is getting and how much to supplement. Also I have kind of lost hope that he would ever be able to transfer milk efficiently. He is now 13 weeks.
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    Maddieb and Mommal thank you both for your input on this. I've been struggling with a massive fear of choking as far as BLW is concerned, involving full on panic attacks.. I have very little support with this as my family are no longer a part of my life and DH has a dislike of mess and is more concerned with actually getting food into her mouth to make sure she eats 'enough'. Two of the three small meals have been by spoonfeeding until very recently. Fingers of foods she was jamming in whole and didn't seem to figure out how to eject them with her tongue. I've started to find it easier to give her food to play with, particularly now she's getting a pincer grip and I can give her smaller pieces. When she has more liquid foods she now spoonfeeds herself which means she takes in less and the process is slower. I will be the first to admit this is likely the primary cause and am determined to conquer my fear for my daughter's sake. Vitamin drops have been part of her diet, though these don't contain iron. It was a vit D supplement, as she and I are both very fair and burn easily in warmer weather, not that we've seen much sun where we are in the last few months.
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  • @llli*iveehill's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    I have been back to work now for 5 weeks. My baby is 18 weeks old and weighs 12lbs 11oz. She went to the pediatrician two days ago and is growing well along her growth curve. I am away from my baby for 8.5 hours a day. I have been providing 11 ounces of expressed milk. I have been pumping anywhere from 11 to 13 ounces each day. It is very difficult for me to pump. To get 11 to 13 ounces, I pump 4 times each work day and 1 time in the evening after the baby is asleep. My question is, should I give my baby everything I pump from the previous day (anywhere from 11 to 13 ounces) even though it will vary, or would it be better to provide a consistent 11 ounces each day. Any advice will be greatly appreciate. Thanks!
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  • @llli*baraboo's Avatar
    Today, 11:21 AM
    I notice that when I don't compress my breasts while he nurses, he stops after the letdown and slips off, even if I press him to the breast. The other thing that happens is he drains a small portion of the breast and my clogs get worse - I tried not compressing for a day and by the end I had rock hard wedges on both sides and LO was acting less satisfied.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:11 AM
    Unfortunately, pump output is simply not an accurate indication of anything, except a number that represents the minimum amount of milk that is in your breasts at any one time. When you saw the IBCLC, did they do any before and after nursing weight checks? These can be helpful but you probably have to do several, over several days if possible, to get an accurate picture of what baby is actually capable of transferring at the breast. I am really curious how much baby is eating total vs. How much you are pumping. Typical AVERAGE intake for this age is about 30 ounces per day, with many babies gaining fine on less, some needing more. If you are pumping 1-2 ounces every time you pump and are pumping 8 or more times a day, plus baby is nursing 2 times, it actually sounds like your production is low but not terribly so. Even if baby actually needs the additional 10 ounces in formula he gets each day to gain normally, that is still considerably less than half total needed intake, right? In other words this is a shortfall in production that is not all that overwhelming and that may well be overcome. I am confused why/how the switch from exclusive nursing to adding supplements to now almost exclusive pumping and bottles occurred. Was this due to a time management issue/exhaustion on your part? Could you and baby at this point start to nurse more often, and pump and supplement after some or all nursing sessions? (you could also supplement before nursing sometimes, or...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    Well that is of course fine if that is the way you want to do it. Personally that sounds like a lot of extra work to me. I would suggest, from a milk production protection standpoint, be sure your pump is in excellent condition and fits you correctly. Few pumps are going to be as good at milk removal as a healthy 9 month old and milk production depends on regular and effective milk removal.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    Thank you! I started pumping after his feedings and I give him that after he is finished eating. He loves drinking from a cup so it helps to practice and also get some extra milk. Not much since I pump for less than 5 minutes.
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  • @llli*baraboo's Avatar
    Today, 09:45 AM
    I posted a few days ago about my breastfeeding problems (clogged ducts, pain, having to compress my breast while LO nurses or he doesn't get milk out). Breastfeeding the first week was insanely painful and my nipples were developing fissures at the base. LO had an obvious anterior tongue tie which was snipped by an ENT. The ENT doc said she wasn't sure what posterior tongue ties were and she doubted their existence. Right away you could see his tongue had greater mobility after the snip, and my nipples were no longer being torn to shreds when he nursed. However, I could tell there was still a problem: he falls off the breast, makes clucking sounds, my breasts still don't drain unless I'm massaging the crap out of them during nursing, and my nipples still come out looking lipstick-shaped. My nipples used to be flat but my daughter gradually everted them, and I remember the nipples looking elongated (but NOT pinched) when she unlatched. I don't feel that LO is drawing my nipples deep enough into his mouth - they come out looking short and pinched. You can still see and feel a frenulum at the base of the tongue, and LO appears to have an upper lip tie as well (he can't flange his lips while on the breast). I saw an IBCLC yesterday who confirmed his tongue and lip ties and recommended a pediatric dentist nearby who does releases with a laser. She said LO was clamping down on my breast and moving his jaw a lot while nursing which also indicates that his tongue's movement is...
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 AM
    Thank you for your support. Baby is 13 weeks now and he nurses sometimes (midnight and before he goes to bed) but he does not get much milk because I can express 20 or 40 ml (depending on time of day) after he nurses from both breasts combined. He seems still very hungry after nursing. During the day when he is very hungry, he gets frustrated with breast. Midnight is a bit better as I have more milk. Also, the amount I can express per session during day is 50 ml (sometimes 40, sometimes 60 ml). This is every two hours or so. He takes around 10 ounces of Formula a day which was less than that when we started but it went up. I would be very happy to breastfeed him and give him top ups 2-3 times a day but my pumping output per session shows that breasfeeding during day will provide so little to fill his tummy? Making more milk is a great book. I need to re-read it :) Should I be nursing more often even hough he can't get much?
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Today, 12:02 AM
    My baby girl and I, have been going strong with nursing since day 1. However, my situation has changed at home and I can't always nurse the same hours. I try to keep her on her schedule,but sometimes she does miss certain feedings now. Or, she won't ask or want her milky. However, her bedtime feeding is a must and nap time feeding. I've noticed she will tell me now, mama there's no more milky, and when I try to push milk out nine comes out or just a droplet. I'm very worried that my milk is dwindling and come to a stop. As soon as she latches on she will get her papa, and stay on 5-20 minutes depending on her mood. But sometimes she latches on and she will be on 2-3 minutes and she will say her milky is no more. ☹️ How do I increase my milk once again. Before, I was on a very strict diet and since about a year and half I became more lax. I'm eating stuff I completely did not since my baby girl was born. I've been eating a lot more sugar, which I know is bad and needs to stop like yesterday. I've been very stressed and overwhelmed with the new changes at home. My body has gone through a huge transition, I know this has played a huge part in here milky and I feel so guilty. I was always very strict and on schedule with her feedings always;Especially at night. I always made sure she nursed at 2am, because prolactin is at the highest for milk production. Needles to say, she does not nurse at night anymore; would this be another red flag? Should I be waking her up for that...
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Hope you don't mind me following this thread. I'm having same issue with my 8.5 month old and I'm at a loss :(
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    How old is baby, and is baby nursing at all at this point, and how many ounces per day does baby get in bottles? I look at your story and I think perhaps you were undermined. This sounds more like a story of unnecessary supplementation or over supplementation, rather than only a story of tongue tie. I think tongue tie may be involved, but I wonder if there is more to this. Unneeded supplementation or over supplementation reduces milk production, this has been known for decades. Also babies do not need more and more milk to gain normally. If you made enough milk at 5 weeks for baby to gain normally, that same amount should still be enough for baby to gain normally at 5 months. It is possible your milk production decreased after 6 weeks for some reason, and maybe that was related to the tongue tie, but that is different than saying your production could not "keep up." If you have not read the book Making More Milk, I strongly suggest reading it. It will help you with more than only ideas for increasing milk production. It may help you find some answers about what is going on or what happened. Sometimes what a mom needs is answers even if those answers do not really help improve the situations. This article is specifically about tongue tie and may help: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/pdf/Informed-Choice/modern-myths-about-tongue-tie.pdf
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    The typical suggestion with solid introduction is to nurse immediately before "solids" are offered. Of course in practice this is not always possible, but it is something to shoot for as much as possible. I found with my third child that there was almost never time to nurse right before meals. So I offered right AFTER meals, and did not give her any water (or other liquid) with meals. She would nurse because she was thirsty after eating. So maybe you can try offering to nurse both right before and right after baby eats solids? Since you are doing baby led solids, I do not think the possibility of overfeeding with solids leading to baby not getting enough breastmilk is as much of a concern as when a baby is being spoon fed purees. So I am not sure withholding solids is necessary. On the other hand, there is no rule that 9 month olds should be offered solids a minimum of 3 times a day. In other words offering solids less often is probably fine, although when a baby is a slow gainer it is a trickier call. I know you got some great suggestions on your other thread, I would also suggest the book My Child Won't Eat as an excellent source of info for parents who have a child that may be gaining 'slowly."
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    I started blw at almost 7 months with my baby. He just played with his food for about a month before really starting to swallow some. Now at 9 months he eats almost everything I give him. The concern I am having is that he is starting to eat more quantities. I breastfeed 45 to 1 hour after breastfeeding. Today I change that time frame to 20 min after breastfeeding hoping he would eat less but it did not happen. Since he is a slow weight gainer I am concerned he will drop breastfeedings because he is eating more solids. Should I cut them down? Feed him only what I think is a good amount? He eats solids 3 times a day and nurses 8+ times.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    Thank you.
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    The LC disagreed with the specialist dentist on that and clipped it. The tongue tie (according to LC) was a tick one and it definetely restricted the movement. We treated the tongue tie then. Now it is reformed, LC adviced that the tongue with reformed tie is not as bad as it was before. She was reluctant to resnip because the muscles in the neck are too tight and if she did resnip it might reform again. Therefore we are waiting to see an osteopath that specialises in tongue tie and babies. Regarding weight gain, we started ok, baby gained birth weight by day 7. Then continued gaining 1 ounce a day. He had breasfeeding jaundice as well so he was VERY sleepy upto about 2 months old when I started topping up with formula, following the advice of the GP and midwife. They kept telling me they would have liked him to put on more weight. Maybe I could not keep up with the increased demand as he got older although looking at the growth chart, he steadily gained weight, 1 ounce a day. He was on the 2nd percentile and has always been until recently- now he is 9th.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    Hmm, I think I would want to have some more specialists take a look at that tongue tie. Maybe this is the sort of tie that does not benefit from being snipped- the fact that you do not feel pain when the baby nurses suggests that it is not the worst type of tie- but maybe it's not! Again, I don't see how anyone could know that for certain without actually clipping the tie. :scratch Being flat-chested has nothing to do with the amount of glandular tissue you have. Big breasts are not more full of glands. They are more full of fat! That is what most breast tissue is: fat. Also, the fact that your baby gained normally for the first 6 weeks indicates that you do have the capacity to make enough milk. If you had insufficient glandular tissue, poor gain would have been evident right from the start. How is your blood pressure now? Are you taking any medication for it?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Vitamins won't hurt and might help. I would ask the pediatrician for a recommendation for baby vitamins- I just used the most widely available brand, the name of which I can't even remember. What I do remember is that the vitamins tend to stain, so give them to the baby in the bath!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    I think you're on the right track with taking the solids away, or at least really limiting them, for a while. A baby who is nursing on cue and with a good frequency can get her nutritional needs met at the breast, so taking solids off the table or limiting the amount she consumes will not harm her as long as you eventually let her have them again. In addition to what you are already planning to do, I suggest doing the following: - Nursing as much as possible. Breastmilk has a mild laxative effect. - Adding some ground flax seed to her solids, as that often allows an easier, softer bowel movement. - Giving her a probiotic (can't hurt, might help). - If you are thinking of introducing potty training soon, don't. Constipation often worsens around the time babies start using the potty. - Keeping a "poop journal", as after several days of no poop it can become very hard to remember when your baby last pooped, and what the consistency was when she did go. If you do need to see a pediatrician about this, a poop journal can help you figure out if the baby is really constipated and if constipation is becoming a chronic problem. - Remember that treating constipation can be a long-term project! The classic mistake parents make WRT chronic constipation is trying to keep the course of treatment as short as possible, and to use the minimum amount of stool softener necessary to produce a bowel movement. That approach tends to perpetuate the problem. If you do end up...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:52 PM
    I think this is fine to be in this forum, and you are more likely to get more responses here. My oldest had constipation after starting solids. I do think it makes sense to back off solids for several days and see if that helps. A 9 month old who is nursing 8 times a day and gaining fine should do fine with absolutely no solids at all for several days. Not saying you must go that extreme, just saying, it is probably fine to do so. Because you have already eliminated all the typical problem areas as far as what solids, Another option is to consider HOW solids are given. If baby is primarily spoon fed, you might try reverting to a more "baby led" approach. It may be that the fun of being spoon fed is leading to baby eating more solids ounce per ounce then her system can handle easily. If everything is in a form that she can pick up herself, bring to her mouth, bite and chew, it might slow down meals, and she can learn to eat without the consequences of constipation. Is baby on vitamin drops, particularly Iron? that can cause constipation as well.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    When it comes to building your stockpile, once again you have plenty of options! Good position to be in, right? Anyway, you could start by doing a single a.m. pump session, and see what you get. You could pump just one side or pump both. You could pump every day or every other day or every couple of days, depending on how much milk you get and how much your oversupply seems to be affected by the pumping. A conservative approach would be to pump one breast and to space out the morning pump sessions by a day or two. Alternately, you could choose to pump later in the day, when oversupply is less of an issue for you. In fact, pumping a single breast right after baby goes to bed might be the most conservative approach to pumping, since most moms find that milk supply is lowest in the evening. I doubt pumping in the evening would cause engirgement, and if it did, it would be relatively easy to treat it by waking the baby to nurse. Is the baby sleeping through the night? If so, waking him to nurse a few times overnight might really help with oversupply issues, because the breast would not get quite so full by morning. I personally would pump the unused breast, but not empty it all the way. I would try to stop after 2-3 oz. Leaving a fair amount of milk in the breast in between nursing/pumping sessions will eventually signal your body to throttle back on production.
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