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  • @llli*crr.2017's Avatar
    April 10th, 2017, 09:25 AM
    My LO is 3 weeks old, I like most new moms wanted to have a stash so i started pumping everytime after she breastfed and now I think I have an over supply. She doesn't completely drain the breast at a feeding and sometimes they are overly full and cause me pain. If they are really full and leaking it seems like they choke her and she pukes most of it back up. I'm going to be returning to work in a few weeks and I'll have to pump while I'm there but i like breastfeeding and want to continue. Also when i give her a bottle she tries to suck it down so fast she coughs and chokes on it too. How can I fix this? When should I pump to slow down my "overproduction?" Also she goes about 3 hours between feedings at night and 2 during the day. I do not wake her up to eat, but i feed her everytime she wakes up.
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  • @llli*vedimama's Avatar
    April 15th, 2017, 08:22 AM
    Hi, My newborn is 3 weeks and 2 days old. She nurses for 5-15 minutes on one side per feeding, Although she is gaining weight and was 8 lbs 4 oz at 3 weeks. I am concerned about the less time spent on each feeding. I am also concerned about burping her as I am unable to get her to burp. Most of the times she falls asleep after the feeding even during the day. Is it necessary to burp the breastfed baby? Has it necessarily to be done after each and every feeding.
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  • @llli*osprey.ct's Avatar
    April 11th, 2017, 04:41 PM
    Hi, My LO is 14 months old. He's been thriving until 12 months with almost EBF (and some tasting here and there). When he was 12 months old, my mom who's always been a huge help to me went back to my home country for a month. During that time, I didn't eat as well and didn't feed LO as often. When my mom came back she felt that LO has lost weight and that was confirmed during our wellness check a few days later. Our pediatrician was worried that he's not gaining enough weight (though height and head circumference were fine). Thus, at 13 months, we were suggested to give him at least 2-3 solid meals a day. He was a happy solid eater for a little over a week and gained some weight initially. But then, he stopped eating what he liked (maybe due to teething) and also had severe constipation issues. I spent the whole day either cooking and testing what he would eat or trying to console him when he is in constipation pain. We did another weight check today (14 month 1 week) and he has lost all the weight that he has gained since starting on heavy solids (heavy in our case since he was primarily breastfed prior to that). His height and head circumference are also falling off the chart. That worries me because it's a sign of sever undernourishment. Now, looking back, I wonder if things would be different if we didn't go the solid route but rather put the energy into my own nourishment and more breastfeeding? The pediatrician addressed the weight loss to lack of solids. But...
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  • @llli*trifides's Avatar
    April 4th, 2017, 04:41 PM
    My baby has just turned 5 months old. She feeds from both sides at each feed and at last weigh-in was in the 93rd percentile for weight and 81st for height. For approximately the last 2 weeks she has started having issues at the breast on the last feed before bedtime. She sucks a few times and then pulls away, arching and screaming. I'll swap sides, walk and rock her while feeding (moderate success) but overall she is hating it. I though that I could hear her gulping but I am showing no other signs of a fast letdown ie spraying, leaking etc and I have never had an oversupply issue. It gets to the point where she won't even go near my breast by the end of the feed. Also, this behaviour continues throughout the feed not just at the beginning. It has started to affect putting her down to sleep as well and she crys and crys when I put her to bed but if I sit her forward she'll stop. It was so bad the other night that the whole ordeal ended up being 2 hours of hysteria over the feed and bed until she passed out cold crying in my arms as I walked her up and down. This is not normal behaviour for her. She's usually happy to go to bed with her bunny after her feed. She has been on a proton pump inhibitor for 3 months and has only shown signs of getting better so I don't think its that. Also, any other feeds during the night she is happy to take without objection. Other changes are that for the last 3 weeks she has moved back from 6 hourly night feeds to 3 hourly. Her...
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  • @llli*jabez's Avatar
    April 9th, 2017, 03:52 AM
    Hello, At about a week after my baby is born, we had a 2nd visit to her pediatrician because of her jaundice. It basically got worse and she lost 17% of her birth weight. The doctor then advised me (and also the lactation consultant from the hospital) to supplement 30ml of formula (or expressed milk) after 30 minutes of breastfeeding. In addition, I was asked to pump 8 to 12 times a day after feeding. My baby practically feeds and sleeps on my breast at the same time. And during those times, I couldn't distinguish whether she is drinking or just making me a human pacifier. So, I just followed the 30 minutes breastfeeding and 30ml formula (or expressed milk if there is available) supplement (cup feeding). I tried to pump as much as I can but I never reached 8 times. I used Spectra S9. It was a crazy feeding schedule (including the frequent trips to the hospital). My yield never went up to 20ml and I only reached 30ml once. Hence, the supply and demand was not established. On the 5th week, when things started to clear up, when I tried to research on how to get my milk up and correct our situation, I started to pump every 2 hours with a Spectra S1. During this week, my baby was fed on bottle. She consumes first those that I have expressed then when it's finished, she would be consuming formula. My yield slightly went up to average of 40ml per pumping session. I also noticed a change in my milk production like I'm beginning to have let-downs/leaking on one breast when...
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  • @llli*juleswc's Avatar
    March 29th, 2017, 12:57 PM
    Hi ladies. I don't know if this is the right spot for this post. My beautiful girl is 7 months old and we have begun introducing solids. Mostly purees, in small amounts and we're still breastfeeding like crazy. We've skipped cereals and steer clear of the foods that I know to constipate (bananas, etc). I give lots of green fruits and veggies. But she still gets constipated. I don't feel like we're overdoing it with the amounts she's getting. The same happened with our first child (also EBF). Do breastfed babies tend to take longer to adjust to solids?
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    March 29th, 2017, 08:12 PM
    I've started my 6mos old baby on solids. He will be 7 mos soon. I sometimes mix cereal into his baby food because otherwise he won't eat cereal. I've noticed solids cause him to be constipated. To loosen up his food I mix water. He also drinks juice with water but not even an Oz in one sitting. I'm very worried I'm causing water intoxication. What am I doing wrong?
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  • @llli*ggmomma's Avatar
    March 31st, 2017, 09:25 PM
    Hi mommas. When I look for help on this topic I see many posts from moms of 16 month olds and 20 month olds....but my son is now 37 months. And still waking at least 3 times a night to nurse. Our son sleeps in our room, half the night in his toddler bed, the other half in our beds. I lie down with him when he goes to sleep and then leave the room after he is asleep. We tried slowly limiting about 5 months ago and I still have PTSD. We started by nursing before bed in the living room, then going to sleep without nursing. He didn't like it but not the worst. Then I would nurse him when he woke up the first time and bring him into our bed--but refused for subsequent wakings. He became hysterical and hit and kicked me, begged me and was not bright and cheery in the morning. He told his babysitter he was frustrated. He had aggressive temper tantrums--things he had never done before. He gradually DID start sleeping a little more. But then he got sick and it all went to pot. Now I feel like I am back at square one. We read "Nursies when the sun shines," we talk about how he is getting bigger every day and gets more nutrition from food (he's a great eater,) we are very close--the first two years of his life I went back to work and he had a babysitter at home--part of the reason I co-slept is to get back some of the closeness I missed during the day. I have now been home with him for 7 months. If I go out at night he begrudgingly will go to sleep with his daddy--and on...
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  • @llli*carolynmc's Avatar
    April 8th, 2017, 02:30 AM
    Hi all - my daughter is 6 weeks old and we've been through the ringer trying to breastfeed. I had a c-section but was able to breastfeed right afterwards, and things seemed off to a smooth start. After a few days however, it became clear that although she would latch, something was wrong bc it was very painful and my nipples became extremely damaged. Upon the advice of my IBCLC, I stopped BF'ing and pumped for 5 days, allowing my nipples to heal and trying to protect my supply. During that time, we supplemented with formula, which we still do today. Since then, however, my baby seems to hate nursing. She was diagnosed with posterior tongue tie and lip tie, which were revised about 3 weeks ago. While the revision has fixed the pain when she latches, she still screams and cries when I try to get her to nurse. For the past few days, we use a nipple shield and an SNS, and I've been able to get her to nurse on one side for approx 10 minutes (she took .8 oz from the SNS and .6 oz from me, last time we checked). However, when I try to switch her to the next breast, she screams and cries and pulls the SNS and shield off me. I end up in tears, my husband bottle feeds her, and then I pump. An hour later, the whole process starts over (that is, if I have the strength to try, plenty of times we just give her a bottle of expressed milk and/or formula). I'm exhausted from trying everything, and from getting my hopes up each feed, only to have little to no progress. I'm...
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    April 13th, 2017, 01:58 PM
    So, I just had 2 decent size chocolate cookies from Panera this morning, normally I wouldn't think anything of it, but today I felt nauseous after eating them, I've been craving chocolate for some time now and eat brownies and chocolate chip cookies at times and I've been just fine. So I got really paranoid because I never have 2 triple chocolate cookies at once, but I couldn't resist. I checked online the affects of chocolate and breastfeeding and now I'm worried I'm hurting my baby, is there something I can do now to flush out the chocolate from my system, I know that sounds dumb but I've been drinking tons of water before her next feeding. She's 11 weeks old, has normal bowel movements, sleeps great at night anywhere from 4 to 6 hours, during the day its alittle more difficult she sleeps anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, she is fussy at times but I always just figured it was because she was sleep deprived, she can go 2 hours without sleep. Help please!
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  • @llli*dizrn's Avatar
    April 4th, 2017, 03:19 PM
    My 4th baby was delivered at 37+4 on the 31st and as far as delivery there were no issues. She is very small at 6lbs 0oz and 17.5in I had placental abnormalities which may have caused some growth issues for her. Her suck/swallow reflex is not great, even with a bottle. Anatomically she is extremely small and I have very large breasts at 38E. She had a hard time keeping jer body temperature regulated even with skin to skin. She had very low blood sugar at birth and even after my efforts at nursing. I've never been able to get her to latch successfully or properly. The nurse was over zealous in her attempts to help and essentially gave her 20ml formula while I was conked out right after labor. She insisted the baby needed 20ml every 2hr to keep her blood sugar up. I tried unsuccessfully to nurse her every 2ish hours or so, she was excessively sleepy, and was giving her 5ml (knowing that the tummy only holds about that much) formula until the nurse found out and yelled at me telling me 5mls wasn't going to cut it and made me give her 20mls...which she promptly spit up. I have tried every tool I can think of...the worst part is...I'm the one who people usually go to for help! I have professional lactation education but am still working on my experience to gain the IBCLC title. Usually I work with relatively easy fixes and have not yet had such a difficult time with a baby, who knew my toughest case is my own. I have tried laid back nursing, every other position I know of and...
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  • @llli*lucky8unny's Avatar
    April 10th, 2017, 06:03 PM
    My baby has pretty much always been a fantastic nurser. Aside from a few small things, we haven't really had any lasting issues. This whole past week, and sporadically for a week before that, she has fought at the breast... hard. She will scream until her face is bright red... like, immediately. She gives every sign that she is hungry, but will either fight the breast immediately or after a suck or two. I've tried multiple positions. I thought it was forceful let-down, and so I tried to let-down into a towel every time and feed her after. I thought maybe it was something I ate, but then again she will fight her morning feedings... usually before I get to eat anything. I don't think it's thrush... mouth looks fine. I've resorted to dream feeding, because I can't get her to eat any other way. I have no idea why this is happening. She took a bottle from my mom, but won't take one from me... That was an awful feeling. Any advice?
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  • @llli*norajsmama's Avatar
    April 4th, 2017, 02:38 PM
    I am at my wits end with my 6 month old. She is EBF. We are doing baby led weaning, so far she has a few bites of food per day. So since birth, she has always waken up after every. single. sleep cycle. That is, unless she is in her baby swing. When I nurse her to sleep, which I do at bed time and all through the night, she never stays asleep for more than 30-45 min. Is this normal? Are some babies just like this? In the baby swing she will sleep for two hours or even 3, but I go and wake her up because I don't like leaving her in there for more than 2 hours max. Usually she has one swing nap per day. At nighttime, I nurse her to sleep. She only stays asleep for 30 min. I nurse her again. She stays asleep for 30 min. Repeat until I join her in bed. Then she nurses about 4x through the night (9 hours). does anyone else have a baby like this? I really am not a fan of CIO. Is it normal that she will only sleep for a short while by herself? I just feel like everyone has these magical babies that nurse and then you put them down and they sleep. She is in the 50th for weight, has been for many months. Normal diapers. I don't think she has any allergies. She is usually very happy and just started sitting up.
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  • @llli*worldwanderer's Avatar
    April 12th, 2017, 05:16 AM
    Hello all, My dd is just over 13 weeks and we've been struggling with milk supply ever since we've started exclusive breastfeeding at 3 weeks. Every two to three weeks or so I have a dramatic drop in supply, where I feel like it's almost dried up, and then I add yet another galagtogogue - to the point that now I'm taking almost everything under the sun at the same time. However, yet again, sure enough, another drop. Almost making me wonder if it's worth taking them at all. Anyway, please help because I MUST breastfeed exclusively. My dd is allergic to dairy, so I control her intake through my diet. We also live in West Africa. I was posted here for work, and there's no LLL here, or any meetings to be had. So here's the data: --baby's been gaining constantly around 25-27 grams a day (with a lot of effort from mom) though she's just under the 50th percentile, as we lost more than 10 percent at birth --She eats very often still, even at 3 months, sometimes every half hour, sometimes every 2 hours if I'm lucky, during the day. At night she dream-feeds every one and a half to 2 hours. When I had full breasts at night and no issue with supply she would even go for 3 hours on lucky nights though she would only take one breast. --I've been trying to give her bottle when she sometimes wants to feed straight after I pump, but she's refusing bottles (she took them up to 3 weeks because I was supplementing with formula from birth due to a complication which saw me in ICU for...
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  • @llli*bachandl's Avatar
    April 20th, 2017, 08:51 AM
    My baby girl was born at 37w2d. Labor was 52 hours. Had complications and was in the hospital for a week from NICU to Peds. Able to get her colostrum by bottle but would only eat that way and had to keep her stimulated. She would either not stay latched to my breast or scream uncontrollably. The past 4 weeks I have been pumping after she finishes off a bottle, which could be anywhere between 2 to 4 hours between feedings. The past week she has gotten the hang of latching. Some feedings will be sufficient yet others she is still fussy afterwords, which is kind of where we're at now. Sometimes I can feel the milk let down, others I can't. She will latch and "feed" for 45 minutes to and hour. Afterwords, I lay her down thinking she's in a deeps sleep, but for only about 30 minutes to have her wake up and scream again. Butt has been changed, gripe water or gas drops given, and burped. She still polishes off 60+ml bottle.
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  • @llli*mammaboo's Avatar
    April 4th, 2017, 08:59 PM
    My baby boy is 19 weeks old. His weight is great (16.5lbs) and he has plenty of wet and dirty diapers. He nurses around every 2-2.5 hours. For the past couple weeks he has been spitting up a lot, almost every feeding and it's always quite a bit. He has also been having mucousy poops and bad gas. Does this sound like a cow's milk allergy and is it normal for this to develop at 4 months old? What can I do to help my little boy feel better?
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  • @llli*mom2now3's Avatar
    April 6th, 2017, 02:24 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm currently 37w3d pregnant with 3rd child. I ebf the other 2 for 6 months each then continued to bf until a year and a half and two and a half. I was not working at the time. This time I may be returning to work when baby is 4 months old (if I can't put it off til 6 months) and I know NOTHING about pumping, bottles, storage, anything but boob to mouth.. please offer any help you can think of. I'm even somewhat worried about bf with two older kids and so much going on. And about nipple issues or anything else after not doing it in like 3-4 years!
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  • @llli*jabez's Avatar
    April 17th, 2017, 01:38 PM
    Hello, As with my last post, I am 'almost' exclusively pumping for 6 weeks and my baby is 11 weeks. I noticed that my breast returned to it's pre-pregnancy size and I think I am starting to ovulate. Is this my body telling me to wean? Or, have I accidentally sent signal to my body that I am to wean? How should I tell my body that I am not ready to wean? And that I still want to breastfeed my baby?
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    April 15th, 2017, 11:37 PM
    I wasn't sure where to post this, but I'm looking for some advice. I am currently breastfeeding my 2 yo son throughout the day and night and my 5 yo daughter just before bed. Ever since my son was born I have had issues with plugged ducts and mastitis. It has effected both breasts and in different areas of each breast. I have read everything I can find, spoken with multiple IBCLCs, doctors and LLL leaders. I have tried every suggested form of prevention and treatment. I am able to clear the plugs eventually (sometimes requiring antibiotics), but I get a new one every month (or more frequently). I've been working with a doctor to try to find a root cause because I don't want to keep having to deal with this. I almost always get very run down and have fevers with each occurrence. I can't parent effectively while I feel this way. Based on everything I've tried and all the tests done it seems the cause has been narrowed down to hormones. Which brings me to my question. What would you do? I don't want to risk drying up my milk by taking BCP, but I am not sure what else to do. Thoughts, advice and experiences are greatly appreciated. Additionally, the doctor said that the mini pill would not be a good option for me.
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  • @llli*julienne02's Avatar
    April 23rd, 2017, 03:05 PM
    Hello, I am hoping for some suggestions. My 9 month old has happily taken a bottle since I went back to work at 4.5 months, but the last couple weeks has been not very interested, some days only eating two instead of three. Today he is pretty much refusing it altogether. He seems interested but takes a couple sips and then doesn't want it. My husband has also tried the milk in a sippy cup today. He doesn't eat solids yet (not interested). He figured out how to scoot around on his belly a few weeks ago. I am just wondering if this might be a phase or he has just decided he doesn't want a bottle anymore at all? He nurses fine when I am home, every hour and half or two hours. Suggestions on how to get him to eat? He is not a big baby, under 10th percentile in weight.
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  • @llli*dukes.mom's Avatar
    March 29th, 2017, 06:40 AM
    Okay ladies, my baby is 8 weeks old today and I've I struggled with oversupply for about 6 weeks now. I began trying block feeding a couple of weeks ago. I started slowly, and did 2 consecutive days of 4 hour blocks. It worked! Then, when I went back to offering one breast per feeding, later that day my supply was crazy high again! So, I then did a day of 6 hour blocks, followed by 2 days of 4 hour blocks, followed by 1 day of 3 hour blocks. Worked like a charm. However, as soon as I tried offering one breast per feeding again, 12 hours later my breasts are busting at the seams ready to feed quadruplets!! What gives?! Should I just do an even longer duration of blocked feedings? How long is too long.. I'd HATE to decrease supply too much. Lastly, has anyone done the method of using a pump to "empty" both breasts, then commence a normal feeding schedule afterwards to "re-train" your supply? Curious if it worked? Thank you!
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  • @llli*laurend90's Avatar
    April 14th, 2017, 11:16 AM
    Hi everyone, I had posted a while back and touched on this a little bit, but I wanted to focus more on this as it has been ongoing for a while now. My LO is almost five months old and probably for the last month or so, she is nursing for between 2-3 minutes on each side. I will have a letdown almost immediately when she latches. When the letdown is over, she pulls off crying. I have to fight with her to latch and nurse again. I will keep putting her back on, but she will usually pull off every time. I can sometimes get her to nurse more, but most of the time I'm unsuccessful. I can sometimes switch positions and get her to nurse again, and sometimes if I keep trying to relatch she will eventually stay on, but it is a constant crying battle. Just curious to hear if any other BF moms have gone through this with their LO's or if anyone has any advice on how to fix this issue. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*jlr141709's Avatar
    April 3rd, 2017, 09:56 AM
    After needing some answers and feeling so badly for LO, I resorted to eating nothing but rice beginning Friday night. While I know I can't do this for long, what I did find is that I had a WHOLE NEW baby I had never met before when I did this. This tells me there is something in my milk that is making his tummy SO upset. Saturday night, I added in just water flavoring drops because boy do I hate water, and his tummy issues were back. So, I went back to white rice and water. Yesterday, I added apple infused water into my mix. Today I am adding grapes and celery. It feels extreme, but so did the gas in his tummy. I will do what I need to for him to feel better. Any further suggestions on adding back foods? I'm thinking I will stay away from dairy, eggs, nuts, broccoli, onions, beans, corn, citrus fruits, and maybe certain meats?
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  • @llli*sparacka's Avatar
    April 7th, 2017, 09:51 AM
    I am in such a state...I'm currently nursing my 9-month old daughter (our third child; the older two were nursing champions just like this babe), but I suffer from persistent and recurrent plugged ducts in my right breast. Back in January things got really bad and I had what seemed to be a permanent lump on the right side of my right breast. I consulted my Midwives, went for an ultrasound and was told that everything looked fine. (i.e. I do not have cancer, though no one suggested how to fix the problem). After the U/S, things continued on. (I work full-time and pump 4x / day to get the 12 ozs that I send to daycare). I have always struggled to pump enough milk for my babes, but this time around things have been easier (third baby = more milk. Yay!). My supply seems okay. But now I have a hard, small lump in my nipple. It is NOT a bleb, I cannot for the life of me find any white spot on my nipple. At this point, I would gladly trade a winning mega-millions ticket to find something (ANYTHING) that I could poke with a needle to release this thing. For the last 5 days, nursing has been unbearable. I suffer through it, but the pain is horrendous. I am at a loss as to what to do. I take 4 lecithin pills a day. I drink water like it is going out of style. I've been taking EmergenC. I've tried WishGarden Healthy Ducts Tincture. I spend every waking moment with a hot, wet diaper on my breast (removing it only to pump or nurse). I've tried holding a vibrating,...
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  • @llli*gully.moy's Avatar
    April 15th, 2017, 05:30 PM
    Hello. We have a son (12 weeks old) and a daughter (23 months). My partner is still breast feeding our daughter as she has been convinced of the benefits of continued feeding. Our son was tracking the 91st percentile consistently and doing one custardy stool per day, until about three weeks ago. Our daughter got a cold of which our son exhibited some symptoms. His stools instantly turned a very wet consistently and became extremely frequent i.e. diarrhoea. Since birth he has often seemed agitated (regularly tensing up and throwing his limbs about angrily), but has remained otherwise in good spirits throughout. Initially we put the diarrhoea down to the cold and expected it to pass within a week, however it didn't. After a week we went to see a doctor who said it would only become a concern after two weeks. Shortly after this his stools turned to green. We went back to the doctors after two weeks and had a stool sample taken for which we expect the results on Tuesday. However the doctor expects a negative result with no sign of infection. Inspecting his stool and seeing him in a good mood, she seemed confident it was the result of too much fore-milk. However we have already been aware of the potential to miss out on hind-milk so my partner has been trying to intentionally make sure he gets a balance and to cut our daughter's consumption back. After the doctor stated her opinion she has been trying to up the balance of hind-milk further, but this doesn't seem to be...
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  • @llli*tobysmom's Avatar
    April 22nd, 2017, 04:40 PM
    First time mom with a four month old baby. Exclusively pumped for six weeks following a NICU stay at birth (born a month early), then transitioned to a nipple shield eventually because baby would not latch without it. At 15 weeks, baby all of sudden latched without the shield and we were elated! :clap Baby has been nursing without the shield for three weeks and is doing great--weight gain is good, lactation consultants have confirmed he is eating 70-100 ml each feeding, which is plenty, and baby seems happy and more comforted by the breast. Went from 30 minute feedings to being done in 8-10min. However...mama is not doing well. Without the shield I have been having extreme nipple soreness. It is worse on one side than the other, and worst with the initial latch although it hurts throughout the nursing session on both sides. Both nipples are cracked. On the side with the most pain the nipple often is lipstick shaped or a little flat after nursing, which made me question the latch but I went to the lactation consultant this week and they thought the latch looked good and that wasn't the issue. Suggestions were to pump 5 minutes before each feeding to elongate the nipple (apparently I have a fairly short small nipple and baby has a hard palate) or to go back to using the shield. I'm resisting the idea of pumping because of the logistics involved and making it more difficult to feed baby on demand, plus washing all those pump pieces. Would hate to go back to the nipple shield...
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  • @llli*laurend90's Avatar
    April 7th, 2017, 11:33 AM
    Hi everyone! My LO is 4 months old and I have been exclusively breastfeeding since she was born. From the get go, she latched on and we had no problems with nursing. Around 3 months we started running into problems. About two weeks before her 3 month checkup, she was acting funny. She was extra fussy and not nursing good. I decided to take her to the doctor to see what was going on. When she was weighed, she had not gained any weight since her last visit. She didn't lose any, but her weight was the same as it was for her 2 month checkup (10lbs. 6oz.). I never considered that my supply was low, but the doctor said that it could be a factor with her not gaining weight and being fussy. He suggested that I pump to increase my supply and see if that helped. I pumped for the next two weeks when I could to try to boost my supply. When we went in for her three month checkup after two weeks, she had gained a half of an ounce. The doctor said that she was fine and she was a little behind with her weight, but we were on the right track of getting her back to where she needed to be. After that, I constantly would go back and forth with myself wondering if she was getting enough milk from me. She is an extremely fussy baby most of the day. I know sometimes that is just a baby's temperament, but I was starting to convince myself that if she just got a little more milk, she would be happier and more content. Her weight gain has been on target at every doctor's visit since then, but it just...
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  • @llli*gagliano's Avatar
    March 28th, 2017, 08:02 AM
    Hello, I have a 10 day old baby. I've struggled to find a good latch with her since day 3 when my milk let down. She's gaining weight so she's definitely getting milk. Yesterday I was able to finally get a good latch on both sides in the side laying position. But then as we got into the night it didn't work anymore. Every night I have issues getting her latch correct and it's so painful. But I'm always so tired I end up just letting her eat since she is actually getting milk. Plus at night I'm super engorged. The last two nights I soaked two breast pads through to my bra and shirt and bed. I slept on a towel last night. Any ideas what could be going wrong? I hand express when I'm engorged before I feed her so that she can get a deeper latch. I try different positions and her mouth looks the way it should. I had a visit from a lactation consultant a week ago and of course things looked fine at that point and all she could tell me was to make sure I hand express before feeding so she can get a deep latch. I'm so discouraged and in a lot of pain. It feels like once I finally get something going and my nipples look healed for the day it gets bad again and I totally dread feeding my baby. :( help!
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