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  • @llli*agnesd's Avatar
    August 21st, 2017, 03:04 PM
    Hi. I am a Japanese FTM living in Japan. My daughter, 20months, has not nursed for 4 days now. It started this thursday, a slightly funny, distracted day where dd did not really concentrate during any session during the day. Given that (plus the fact that on wednesday night she had a sudden fever and whenever she does she nurses like crazy if in the daytime and have looooong-co sleep -sessions all night at night) by evening my boobs were pretty hard( I am a very sloppy hand pumper and never have plugs due to wide ducts thus I rarely try to pump out of that) and I really wanted/needed her to suck it out, and she finally did! I was releived, happy, wonderfully tender-breasted, and at that point not realising at ALL that was going to be the last real session. That night, she did not latch on(I usually nurse her to sleep). She was upset and screamed throught the night. She kept shouting " Hold me!" "Nurse me!" and "Lie me to down!" ( in her own words) repeatedly, I attempted those three things over and over but she never latched on. Or go to sleep except like for a couple of minutes due to pure fatigue... Friday morning I had to BUY a pump - for the first time in my BF life at 20 MONTHS! my breasts were so hard I could not possibly hand pump. Plus dd requested endless " hold me"s so it was bad combination agony with my breast condition.That and she continued to strike( or what ever it is) that whole day. Saturday and Sunday, and today basically the same. I am shocked, sad,...
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  • @llli*bunnyears's Avatar
    August 21st, 2017, 04:25 AM
    Background: Mother to two children. With this one, we've had latching issues from the start. At the hospital they recommended we bottle feed her. She was bottle fed from Day 2. At the beginning the pain was too intense from me. They suspected she might have lip tie, but no-one could confirm it. I contacted a local LLL leader but she wanted me to pay her to talk more (she is a ICLBC also) and I didn't know where to turn so I read a lot online, and also asked my MD for prescriptions. My baby is now no longer willing to take the bottle (any bottle) so I am having to EBF her. It feels hard as my milk supply is low. The doctor gave me a prescription of APNO although she should have told me that it has cortisone and I would have used it less. But I can now put her back on my breast, especially stressful as she won't take a bottle. Strategy: Domperidone 3-4 x 2 tablets, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, Mothers Milk, pumping after BF RISK:
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  • @llli*bunnyears's Avatar
    September 2nd, 2017, 05:01 PM
    Baby had laser today - dentist did her tongue and lip tie. She is in so much pain now, crying and unable to feed properly. Question for me is should I pump? Since she is hardly feeding (she goes on, sips a little and comes off crying) Heart breaks but also need to keep milk supply up. Should I pump? Will I get mastistis if I don't - the other thought is, I want a full breast so she can feed easier. Thanks
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  • @llli*butterfingers's Avatar
    August 20th, 2017, 10:25 AM
    Hi all, I am ready to night wean my 25 month old. She sleeps in a cot in her own room and I would like to take the sides off soon, I don't know whether to night wean at the same time as moving her to a bed or night wean first or what, happy for suggestions here! I do not wish to co sleep although this does happen occasionally at present. There is not enough room for a toddler bed in our room. In any case she sleeps fine in her own room and I am happy with the current arrangements. She is feeding usually once or twice in the night but occasionally more. She generally returns to sleep after a feed. Now. I have read methods of night weaning but they seem to involve reducing and or stopping feeding to sleep. The removal of nipple prior to becoming drowsy / falling asleep and that is fine. Except my daughter does not feed to sleep or even to being drowsy any more. She is always fully awake when I lay her in her cot and happily puts herself to sleep with no complaints. Same during the night except she may possibly be more sleepy but definitely still awake. So, how do I night wean?! I have thought of a gro clock type thing?? She is very averse to my OH at night and only wants me plus he would not have the patience to deal with her so I may have to do this alone! I do not want her to become distressed and would not be happy to leave her to cry. Any thoughts most welcome and appreciated.
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  • @llli*britg's Avatar
    August 25th, 2017, 01:57 PM
    I am a first time mom and now have a 5 week old. I thought everything was going great with breastfeeding. She was giving us plenty of wet and dirty diapers, but her pediatrician has me feeling like she's not getting enough milk from me. She was born at 8.2. At 4 days old she was 7.5. At 9 days old she was 7.12. And at 1 month old she was 8.4. I've just started pumping because I will be returning to work on September 5th. I am having the hardest time. I get maybe 2-2.5oz each time. And that's me "power pumping". And I end up just feeding her that 2-2.5oz because she wakes up shortly after and I don't think I have anything left in my breasts for her to nurse. Unless I'm wrong about that? I'm currently taking
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    September 8th, 2017, 01:20 PM
    I think I have little bit of oversupply. Not too much. Baby poops are yellow. Baby is gaining weight. He spits up a lot. Curd like and sometimes actual milk. This is how his nursing schedule is. He goes to sleep by 10-11pm. Wakes up in 3_4 hours and my breasts are full and he usually wants to nurse only one side. Then the other breasts is never used for 5-6 hours. Is that ok? I try to nurse him around 3-4am so that I could keep up the supply. Then he will wake up at 5:30am to nurse, then 8:30,11:30, 3:00, 5:30 then every hour where he is really fussy until he goes to sleep at10-11 pm.. Is it ok to take 3 hours gap in the morning? Doesn't it affect my milk supply. I tried to wake him around 2.5 hours but once he is awake he gets overtired and overstimulated and doesn't want to go back to sleep. I am so worried that i might loose the supply again. Please help.
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  • @llli*jollycat's Avatar
    September 9th, 2017, 10:30 AM
    From birth to 4 weeks, my baby gained an average of 2.3 ounces per day. Then from 4 to 7 weeks, he only gained .75 ounces per day on average. I know that is still okay, and that 2.3 ounces was a huge gain, AND that milk regulates at 4 weeks. I just expected a more gradual shift. Is this a red flag at all or is it normal? I still pump once a day to prepare for going back to work one day per week and my output has not changed. (Incidentally, I have way more milk stored than I will ultimately use at work. Should I start feeding part of my daily pump output back to the baby and freezing the rest?) Thank you!
    8 replies | 364 view(s)
  • @llli*jolyn.tang's Avatar
    August 24th, 2017, 02:57 AM
    Hi my baby is now 8 weeks old. She was born small at 2.24kg and couldn't get her to latch initially. Thus was pumping and feeding expressed breast milk (EBM) through bottle. Couple of weeks ago, I'm trying to get my LO to re-latch. And after a few attempts she managed to latch on the right breast. 1. She would latch for about 5 to 10 mins and sometimes she will cry after. 2. Sometimes she would also appear searching for nipple frantically, but after 3 sucks she will reject the breast and cry. 3. If baby only feeds for 5 mins; is that enough? Anyone experienced the same?
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  • @llli*bunnyears's Avatar
    August 22nd, 2017, 07:56 AM
    I have an old Freestyle my friend gave me and I recently rented a Symphony (Medela) However whichever machine I use, after pumping, my nipples and areola are soft, huge and look bloated. The right side also hurts a little. I've tried the different shields. The 24 seems to fit my nipple size better but still pulls a large part of the areola. It also "just" touches the shield in some parts. The 27 is larger, and of course also pulls large part of areola but at least seems to get milk out. yesterday I tried stopping pumping but baby was still not satisfied, plus I am worried about milk supply. Is there a risk to pumping at all? Thanks.
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  • @llli*simorosap's Avatar
    August 22nd, 2017, 07:50 PM
    Hi!! I'm new here! I've read posts related to my problem but haven't seen solutions and I'm kind of desperate. BF started to flow for me and my baby past 6 weeks due to a milk blister, and ever since has been complete bliss. Until 2 weeks ago when baby started nursing funny!! She is 3 month and a week old. She will nurse for 1 minute on the breast and then unlatch and cry histerically whilst looking for the nipple, it's very confusing for me I try burping her because she arches her back and gets very stiff when she does this but gas doesn't seem to be the problem. I've read threads of women who get this in the evenings, mine does this all day long!!! I have found nursing while bouncing around helps sometimes (so i thought it was because she gets distracted) but doesn't work everytime plus I'm gonna be backless when this passes if it ever passes!!! I would love inputs on this it's very frustrating, our loving, wonderfull nursing sessions have become a war... Thank you very much!!
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  • @llli*tkozar.mendoza's Avatar
    August 28th, 2017, 10:19 PM
    Do you have to scald breastmilk right away? I am returning to work in a few weeks and I may not be able to scald the milk at work.
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  • @llli*sophia1718's Avatar
    September 13th, 2017, 02:21 PM
    I BF on demand at home and nurse approx 6 x daily when I'm home and 3-4x daily on work days. I am pumping one time a day when I work and getting about 3 oz. I've burned through my stash to send her 4 oz bottles. My question is Can I just send her with the 3 oz I pump? She eats three meals a day plus snacks. The other option would be to supplement the 3 oz with formula as I do not want to add a pumping session at this point, I am completely over that. My gut tells me that is she just drinks the 3 oz, I breast feed her at lunch and she eats her meals and we BF on demand at home she'll be fine. What do you think?
    4 replies | 228 view(s)
  • @llli*sshields8401's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2017, 07:49 PM
    My 3 month old DD started out gaining weight at an expected rate but she's slowed down significantly in the last month and I'm very concerned. Her pediatrician is not yet concerned and says we'll see how she gains between now and her four month spot (9/21). Here are all her weights to date: 5/20/17: 7 lb 9 oz 5/22/17 : 7 lb 1 oz 5/29/17: 8 lb 3 oz 6/21/17 : 9 lb 13 oz 7/21/17 : 12 lb 2.5 oz 8/8/17 : 12 lb 12.5 oz 8/22/17 : 12 lb 14 oz
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  • @llli*mrs.murph's Avatar
    August 25th, 2017, 11:37 PM
    Hi everyone, I'm desperate. I've had a large clogged duct on my left breast (the size of plum) that has been there for over 2 months. I have read every forum, seen over 7 lactation specialist, seen 3 different doctors, have gotten and mammogram and an ultrasound. I have done the lethacin, poke root, cabbage, showers, cold, hot, dangle feed. you name it- I've done it. It's gotten so bad that I pretty much exclusively pump now. My left breast is noticably twice the size of my right. I've been treated for thrush, mastitis, put on antibiotics, steroid cream, even though I never had and symptoms of infections to no avail. I have baffled every specialist. The next thing they recommend is draining it but have said that I will probably leak milk from where the needle is inserted until I stop nursing which is not something I want to deal with. Does anyone have any advice? My left breast produces barely an ounce after pumping while my right usually produces about 4 per session. I am desperate here! It's been months now.
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  • @llli*carmenoct24's Avatar
    September 9th, 2017, 05:50 AM
    Hi, I have what feels like a milk blister, but I dont see anything. I am prone to mastitis and milk blisters so I know what a milk blister feels like and looks like. But this time it is different... I have pain only when latching, but the rest of the session is pain free. Its weird though because 1) I dont see a milk blister. Nothing to remove. The area does feels sensitive when I touch it. 2) I have pain after the session for an hour or so. Shooting pains in that breast. What is it and what can I do? In case it matters, my daughter is almost 11 months, not a newborn or anything.
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  • @llli*britg's Avatar
    September 8th, 2017, 11:04 AM
    okay so my prior post was me trying to figure out how to produce more since i was returning to work. weight birth-8.2 4 days-7.5 9 days-7.12 1 month-8.3 5 weeks-8.6 next appt is at 2 months so fingers crossed
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  • @llli*bunnyears's Avatar
    August 30th, 2017, 08:33 AM
    I've had longstanding issues with supply (at least in my mind) and baby has tongue tie, but most LCs say to wait and see, as it's not extremely serious. My nipples are somewhat damaged and used to be very painful - now tolerable (I think I've been desensitized!) Last week I went to see a very lovely LC. The days before I had done some power pumping, and baby cluster fed two nights; in addition, I'd been pumping and taking domperidone/fenugreek for weeks. At the appointment my supply seemed stronger than I'd noticed before. LC said my supply was fine, recommended I wean off pumping.
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  • @llli*agnesd's Avatar
    September 15th, 2017, 09:40 PM
    Hi. I am currently nursing my 21mos old. I have heard that toddler nursing varies greatly from couple to couple, and at the end it's all up to instinct, but kind of want some advice anyways. Don't offer don't refuse is often referred to as a weaning technique. My question is, if so, what would be a more natural/neutral, or a "non-weaning" stance on breastfeeding, especially a toddler? Offer and don't refuse? Where this comes from is, we have just recovered(?) from a week long strike. Strike struck me hard and I was an emotional mess, but thanks to the forum we made it through and now we are almost back to normal with a few changes. But "offering" has now become a part of my routine(that was the only thing I did during the strike! )and I don't know when or whether to end it. Before the strike it was don't offer don't refuse, and we still had 5-10 sessions a day. Now that I've actually witnessed/experienced my LO doesn't really need and can live without those feeds, it feels kind of weird to offer. After all, I have never actively offered throughout our BF relationship, up until this strike. I am a dedicated SAHM, enjoy and want to continue BF as long as we can. Thanks in advance.
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  • @llli*confusednewmom's Avatar
    September 1st, 2017, 09:26 AM
    I know that we have more milk in the morning than the evening and so on, but can anyone help me understand why I'd have lots of milk some days and none the next? I've noticed that my milk supply seems to ebb and flow. Right now it's low, but in a few days it will be high, then low again... As a for instance, Monday morning I was able to pump 8 ounces even though my daughter nursed a few times over night. Yesterday, in spite of her only waking every four hours, I only got 5 ounces. Last night she woke about the same number of times as Monday night, but I only got 3 ounces. If she were content it wouldn't be a big deal, but she's fussy and clearly wants more food.
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  • @llli*jenniferdrew's Avatar
    August 27th, 2017, 09:01 PM
    My baby girl is 12 days old and I saw a lactation consultant in the hospital right after she was born but it was very overwhelming and she told me to use a nipple shield if I had to since my girl was born early at 37 weeks. My baby started getting used to the nipple shield and I was getting frustrated so I started to wean. I have been able to BF her without the shield for a few days now but it's no easy task. She will latch on and suck a few times and then just stop and release and go back to searching for the nipple. We go through this probably 6-10 times before she finally latches for good and starts to eat. She also likes to put her hands in the way of the nipple making me have to try and move them to get her mouth access and she gets irritated by it. Does anyone know what I can do to get her to latch for good on the first couple tries?
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  • @llli*nhecht12's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2017, 06:37 AM
    I'm struggling emotionally with breast feeding because my doctor wants me to supplement with my pumped milk using a bottle.. my LO lost 11% of her body weight in the first 5 days due to latching difficulties (she's a 37 weeker & I have extremely large nipples), but has been doing great since we introduced a nipple shield. She's gained back 4.5 oz, at a rate of about a half an oz a day, and the doctor says she should be gaining about an oz a day at this point. She's 11 days old, and still about 7.5 oz away from her birth weight. We've given her a bottle of 1-2oz a few times and she has still been latching okay, but after our visit the doctor wants us to let her nurse for only 5 mins or so and then give her the bottle because she thinks that maybe LO isn't getting enough when nursing - not because of low supply, but because she isn't sucking efficiently.It feels wrong to me. My gut is telling me she's eating fine - she has 8-10 wet and dirty diapers a day, she isn't fussy, and is waking to feed every 2-3 hours. She was also jaundice after birth and very sleepy which added to the feeding difficulties. I just don't know what to do - is there a way to measure what she's getting from the breast every feeding? Or does anyone have any advice on how to keep her sucking efficiently while nursing? I am just having a really hard time with this.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    September 5th, 2017, 01:44 PM
    For reasons I won't go in to, several months ago my baby began refusing to breastfeed. He would only breastfeed overnight or early in the morning. At that time, I began (almost) exclusively pumping, with the exception of the once or twice he would nurse at night/early in the morning. He is now 8.5 months old, and if I continue to pump for 5-6 more weeks, I will have enough to get him to about 13 months. We have been fortunate not to have to use formula because I was able to keep to my supply up with pumping, but I honestly want to throw my pump out the window! I very much look forward to being done with pumping. However, I am happy to continue the nursing sessions that he will still do, as long as he continues to want to do them (especially with winter and cold season approaching!). My question is this... he is at the point where he occasionally nurses overnight, but usually just nurses once early in the morning. Can I keep my supply just nursing that one time? Or will I still need to pump once during the day/evening? I have nursed my prior three in the mornings and nights (basically twice a day) at some point during our breastfeeding journey for an extended period of time, so I know I can keep up my supply with twice a day, but I'm not sure about once a day. I would really, really like to stop pumping altogether, but I will still pump once a day if that means keeping up my supply so that he can continue to breastfeed until he is done on his own. Anyone nurse or pump...
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  • @llli*typngai's Avatar
    August 29th, 2017, 08:43 AM
    My baby is about 8 weeks old. Two days ago, I left him at home with my family to baby sit while I was away for 8 hours. I brought a pump and pumped 4 hours after feeding him, and got about 4 oz but I probably could have gotten more. Then I waited another 4 hours after I got home to pump again as the baby just fell asleep before I got home. That night, I started feeling chills and a light headache, and began to feel the engorgement. I had to wake the baby up to eat at 2:30am because I was so engorged and manually pump out the milk because it was so much. Then after 4 hours again, I was still engorged and had to wake him up to feed him. I noticed a red painful, warm spot below the left breast, researched and believe it is mastitis. Since then, I've been feeding him on the affected breast first, and then the other side afterwards. Yesterday, I fed every 2 hours during the day but I do notice a drop in the milk supply. The milk was flowing slower than usual. I already try massaging while he is feeding. I also noticed a while dot on the nipple on the affected breast. I wonder if its a milk blister. It also made the feeding on the laffected more painful than usual. I don't think the latching is incorrect as the baby has latched on the same way in the past and didn't hurt. I believe during the day yesterday, the baby still had enough to eat despite the drop in supply based on his diapers. It was evening around 7pm when I fed over an hour and he was still hungry (sticking...
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  • @llli*ethanangel's Avatar
    August 21st, 2017, 07:38 PM
    Please help! My left breast is I'm sure not producing milk anymore! It has always been the lazy breast but I now barely feel let down and it doesn't leak as I feed off the right breast. My son is almost 5 months. My right breast produces 6 ounces when pumping so I know he's getting enough from that breast but I don't want to dry up completely on the other side! Is that even possible?
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  • @llli*scoob626's Avatar
    Today, 07:25 AM
    Hi all, is it normal for toddlers to nurse a bit tougher as they get older? My two year old isn't biting or anything, but I feel like I am being attacked by a vacuum cleaner or something...crazy sucking that is mildly uncomfortable.
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  • @llli*margutte's Avatar
    September 3rd, 2017, 11:11 AM
    My baby was born on the 23rd February, 36 weeks of gestational age. At first he couldn't latch, so I had to use a nipple shield and supplement with expressed milk. When he finally learned to latch, around his due date, I kept pumping for a few weeks, out of fear that his latch was too weak to maintain my milk supply. Since then, he has been exclusively breastfed, although we have a few issues (he's very fussy or distracted at the breast, so he only drinks while I walk in a carrier or when he's asleep). He is a healthy baby, and a bit big for his age. I still have a bit of milk in the freezer, dated between 19th March to of 5th of April, more or less. It was in the freezer attached to my fridge (separate door) for two months, then I moved it to a detached freezer. Now I am starting to introduce him to solids, and I like mixing food with a bit of breast milk. I pump about 3-4 oz in the morning. However, I wouldn't want my freezer stash to go to waste, since I might have to go to work in a few weeks, two months earlier than I thought. Is it still safe to use my freezer stash? The information I found online says three months for preterm babies, but I think it refers to babies in NICU. Does that apply to older, healthy preemies too?
    1 replies | 171 view(s)
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