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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 AM
    How does the urine output looks like for 5 days old? Yesterday when my breast felt full he had good urine output and today since it is not feeling full his urine output is not soaking the diapers. I am sorry if I am asking too many questions but I don't want to starve my baby. I want him to thrive instead going back in weight.
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  • @llli*cherrr's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM
    Hi everyone, Need advice. I have a 4 month old baby and I'm exclusively pumping because my baby refuses to nurse. On a good day, I can get him to nurse once. My breastmilk have significantly dropped in the last two months. I was able to pump at least 3 oz a session and now I can barely pump and ounce and I am renting a hospital grade pump (medela symphony). I was able to feed him mostly breastmilk for at least two months. He's now eating about 4-6 oz of formula each feeding and now it takes me a day two pump 2 oz. ;( I have tried fenugreek, doesn't work for me. Fenugreek made him really gassy as well. I have power pumped every two hours for three straight days. I keep myself hydrated. I eat healthy. I exercise daily. I know that getting your period temporarily drops your supply but when I first had mine post partum last month, it didn't make a difference with my supply. I really don't know why my milk supply has dropped. I don't want to give up breastfeeding him and feeding him my breastmilk. And I feel like I have exhausted all my resources. Please tell me there is hope... Please help! I appreciate all your input. Sorry, my post was long.
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  • @llli*walle's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    This sounds like it was written about my son. We are also in a similar situation except my boy is now 22 months old. Like @llli*gulen I have noticed that a lot of this has been related to teething. Things have started improving for us in the last couple of months in a sense that the days where he eats no solids are much more rare now, though he is still sticking to a very narrow set of solids he does eat. For the past 3 weeks I have noticed a change in his behavior: he is just now showing signs of hunger. At that time he will start asking to nurse within minutes of finishing the previous round, but he still doesn't always accept solids even at this time. I am anxious for this phase to get over mostly because I am so exhausted from too frequent breastfeeding, and then I am also hopeful that after that he will transition to a more varied diet. Thankfully he is also healthy although he is showing early signs of anemia. @llli*gulen do you have the time to share with us how your baby is doing now? The answers you have gotten to your post have been soothing for me too, but I would also benefit from a story that would assure me that this shall pass in the foreseeable future :) Thank you in advance
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 AM
    There is la leche group where I live. I have spoken with someone regarding few issues for my first kid. I can call someone and talk .
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 AM
    His poop color has changed to mustard yellow. Definitely good amount of poop.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 AM
    Hi maddieb I had a weight check today. He weighed 7lbs 12oz. This was the weight he weighed on Tuesday in the hospital. On Wednesday after a nursing session he weighed 7 lb 14 oz. So pediatrician said he went back 2oz. I wake my baby to nurse. And encourage him to nurse more and more. I'd say poop diapers like not just streaks I will definitely say I would use arleast a tablespoon to scoop. He had 4 poop diapers for that size on Thursday. And one poop diapers like a streak. So totally 5. I see pee Everytime I nurse him. So I feel he should be gaining if this is all right. I have one more weight check appointment on Monday. And the pediatrician said he should atleast start to gain 1oz per day. Or maintain the weight. I am hand compress after he nurse and feed him when he is awake for next feed. I get few mls. I didn't want to use pump since it produces oversupply. I am nursing him atleast 8 /perday or even more than that. He has quiet periods say for ten minutes before he goes back to sleep.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Hi haley.c.ayres. if your baby is ill, that would be something that might trigger a strike. Also 9 months is a very typical age for a baby to go on a strike. But I think in this case, there is probably more to it. When a baby who has been nursing very infrequently stops nursing at all, the problem is probably not only that they are spontaneously weaning or going on a strike. Gradually reducing nursing sessions down to very few per day is basically how one weans a baby from the breast. Because you have had to bottle feed so much and so baby has only been nursing one time a day, basically the result, however inadvertent, is that over time, baby has been weaned from the breast. I would not call this bottle preference, perhaps baby would have preferred to nurse, but if baby is primarily bottle fed and only rarely breastfed in comparison, I think what is most likely is baby has just taken the next logical step on his own, not because he prefers bottles to the breast, but basically because he has been trained away from the breast. Of course this does NOT mean baby will not nurse again, he well may, but I think you are going to want to think about offering to nurse much more often in order to encourage baby to nurse not only for food but also for comfort. And if baby does start nursing again, continue encouraging baby to nurse much more often, or the same thing is likely to happen again. If you would like ideas for juggling more frequent nursing with bottles and...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    Hi nivilovely. Many babies are very sleepy the early days and many babies nurse short periods at a time, and even not feeling "full" can be normal. However, these all might indicate a problem, the key is knowing if baby is starting to gaining weight. iirc your baby lost lots at first which again, can be normal. But you want to see baby starting to gain by now. Have you had another weight check and how did that go? Can you describe more about your baby's poops? How many times did baby poop in the last 24 hours? What color are they? If you had to scoop them up in a spoon, would you use a teaspoon, a tablespoon of a serving spoon? Or are you just seeing dots or small streaks of poop? About how many times in 24 hours does baby nurse? You may need to wake your baby to nurse. Are you doing that? You also may need to do things while baby nurses to encourage the sleepy baby to nurse longer. Breast compressions can help baby get a 'shot' of milk and want to nurse longer. You can stroke and talk to baby, or "pump" his hand or foot. I used to gently jiggle my son's chin when he slowed down and we were concerned he was not getting enough. It is way to early to think that breastfeeding is not going to work out for you, even if there is a problem, breastfeeding problems can almost always be solved and baby go on to nurse fine. Do you have lactation consultants where you live? La leche league groups or any other breastfeeding support? You may have to look. Even if all is...
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:10 PM
    My baby is 5 days old. He has never nursed more than 10 minutes on average on either breasts. He is so sleepy and I have to wake him up to nurse. My milk came in on day 3 and I heard him swallow the milk. He got so many poop diapers tha day. But today on day 5. I don't feel full. When I offered him one breast he just nursed for 5 minutes and heard him swallow and he is asleep and not interested in nursing. I am so worried that I am not feeling full anymore and he is not interested for much time. I have seen my friends babies who nurses for 45 mins and wakes up to nurse. Why is my baby doesn't wake up to nurse even at 5 days old. I am very curious and worried, and he has not gained any. I feel like I am making a mistake . And I am not sure what it is. I am worried so much that even this time I have failed in breastfeeding . Pls help
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    Thanks for you response. I will tell them. I have other concern which I have posted as a new thread
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  • @llli*haley.c.ayres's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    As a working mom, I only nurse once a day first thing in the morning. The rest of the time I am pumping milk and baby gets formula while at daycare and for his evening feedings (in addition to solids). I have struggled with low supply since the beginning so at this point, Baby nurses in the morning and has one 4-5oz breast milk bottle in the evening. For the past week or so, Baby has been refusing to nurse in the morning. He still takes his formula and breast milk bottles. He is only 9 months old, so I don't think he could be weaning already. Could something be wrong with my breasts? He has had Croup... not sure if that could be part of it. Could it just be that he now prefers the ease of bottles? Everything I read says to keep offering my breast but it's getting disheartening to try again and again every morning to just have him turn away and wiggle out of my arms. How long should I continue to try?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:35 PM
    Well it sounds to me that you did everything you possibly could for your baby and every choice you made entirely rational and caring to your baby. Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball! I think sometimes we moms find it easier to blame ourselves for things that happen to our children, because at least that gives us the illusion of some control over the situation, and this is somehow more comfortable for us than accepting that sometimes stuff happens and we have no control. Having a child with a serious health issues is really, really difficult but it sounds like you have done and are doing everything you can and your child is getting through it all as well as can be expected. Just as an example of how hard these things are to read, my oldest son exhibited exactly the same symptoms as yours as a baby, and has no issues with dairy or any other food. He was diagnosed with reflux, but mostly I think I had OP, as I did with my next two, but just had no idea such a thing existed or what it might do to a baby. As far as the bottle of formula, maybe just get a little clarity on exactly when and how much (what amount of formula they think baby needs daily? "A bottle" could mean any amount, really.
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  • @llli*robinc308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    It's mostly all in my head. The allergist is actually very supportive of breastfeeding as a way to obtain safe (or as safe as possible) exposure to common allergens via moms diet. It's more a case of knowing that it was something I did (consume dairy) which I could easily not have done, and saved my son some suffering. You are probably correct (and the allergist said the same thing) that what exposure he had via me may have offered some protective benefit. He actually recommended I breastfeed this next baby (with the one bottle of formula a day) to giver her the best chance of avoiding allergens. As I say, it's mostly my own head and mom-guilt that I am struggling with: I'm scared of causing my child to suffer again because of something in my own diet. My son was extremely fussy, and showed all the signs of tummy pain. He struggled so hard with pooping and gas, and was almost always explosive. His pediatrician kept telling me that it was normal for some babies, but I felt like it was more than normal. Eventually, on my own, I did an experiment with cutting out dairy from my own diet (since it's a pretty harmless and easy thing to try), and my son improved some, so I reintroduced some dairy, and the next day, he had blood in his diaper and was miserable again. After talking to his pediatrician, he confirmed a likely allergy (but there are no diagnostic tests at that age), so I completely cut out dairy for several months. I began tentatively reintroducing (to my own diet)...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    Ok, if the plugs were not recent you may be fine, however if re-occuring plugs or some other issues do crop up with the return to work, and cannot be resolved another way, then in fact you may need to reduce your milk production just enough to be able to avoid this. It does happen that way for some moms who do not have optimal pumping at work situations...but usually if mom tends toward over production. Here are some leak tips: I used to put a disposable pad over a reusuable- the reusable was against my skin. Try very brightly or dark patterned blouses. The busy pattern was the key for hiding leak stains at least somewhat. Also unnatural fabrics show stain less and dry faster than cotton or silk. Wool might be ok but it is not sweater season yet! Actually where I live it is never very cold so I almost never wear sweaters, however the weave of a sweater or sweater vest might hide leaks pretty well now that I think about it. Especially if it is also patterned. Keep a spare blouse and bra as well as spare pads in your bag. For plugs, be careful about too tight bra or straps. If you prefer to wear an underwire, try shifting your position frequently if you find plugs are forming and only wear it when needed. Avoid as much as possible carrying heavy purse or other with a strap is across the breasts or pressing into the side of the breast. If you have to drive much, be aware that seatbelt placement can lead to plugs.
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  • @llli*mr77's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    We went on vacation for 2 weeks and BF the entire time, no bottles. Now my 14 month old daughter has been refusing bottles at daycare ever since we came back. She goes to daycare 3 days a week, is with grandma 1 day a week, and I work from home 1 day a week (and she's with me on weekends.) She still nurses throughout the night. She is a reverse cycle-er I think. Any recommendations on getting her to drink breast milk during the day or is this a lost cause now? Normally she was having 2 bottles, each around 4 ounces. I am still sending those in but they keep getting dumped. Do I still pump at work? I pump at 10a and 2p. She nurses on a 'good sleeping night' only once over night at 2 am... but lately it is every 2 and 3 hours. We also just moved this week.
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  • @llli*teach48's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:20 AM
    Yes, that makes sense. I am mostly concerned about being uncomfortable or clogged ducts (although as a junior high teacher I am also concerned about leaking...I will have to be prepared since that would be beyond embarrassing). I have had a couple of clogged ducts (which were awful!), but I don't think it was necessarily related to going a long period of time, although both happened overnight, so I guess that could have been a factor. I am still nursing once at night, generally. (I tend to think it was from compressing a duct while sleeping - as a stomach sleeper. Trying to be more careful!) I REALLY REALLY appreciate your information and tips. I think I will try to squeeze in a pump session after my morning nurse, even if it ends up being right after, or pretty close after. I think I have a lower storage capacity (I can't think of the technical term for this), so the more often I can get any in, should help. Also, good to know about early weaning. I will just stick with breastfeeding at home and use hand expression if I'm desperate.
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  • @llli*snackycake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:40 AM
    Checking in with one final update. Since the pediatrician/IBCLC was on vacation for the last several weeks, her office directed us to a specialist in pediatric dentistry. My son did indeed have a tongue tie! Not a particularly severe one, since he's gaining weight just fine (more than fine, really - 19 lbs at 4 months . . . my aching back!). But enough that it was causing my nipple pain/sensitivity and likely contributed to his high-arched palate, which also isn't super helpful for nursing comfortably. It's also why my nipple came out of his mouth looking creased 100% of the time, and why I always had the odd sensation that he was somehow licking the tip of my nipple while nursing, which was rather uncomfortable. So we had the tie corrected with a laser right there in the office a week and a half ago. I actually had increased nipple pain/sensitivity the first few days afterward as he was sorting out his new tongue mobility I suppose, but things have been improving since then and should continue to do so as he re-learns how to suck effectively and so on. :) His tongue continues to be white (again, high arched palate), but we continue to NOT have thrush, which I remain thrilled about. So we're forging ahead on our nursing journey here, with high hopes for the future! I want to thank you all so much for the support and helpful suggestions as we untangled this knot. Without this forum I likely would never have though to see an IBCLC and wouldn't have figured out what was...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 11:35 PM
    Thank you for your kind words! I am glad the water trick seemed to help. I liked remembering... I so enjoyed those days nursing my oldest when I was pregnant with his brother. It was also a great way to get a much needed nap!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 11:29 PM
    Hmmm. I wonder, has baby ever gone 5 hours without nursing and was that very uncomfortable for you? Did you get engorged, or develop a plug, become ill with mastitis? Let me know if so, as that would change my answer somewhat. Generally, going from milk removal of 3-4 hour interval to a 4-5 hour interval once (?) a day for several days and back again does not seem like a big jump, so I am curious if your concern is discomfort, or leaking, getting plugs or? If you are not under a risk of severe discomfort or ill health, I would not suggest trying to train your body to "go longer." This would potentially be needlessly detrimental to your nursing relationship and your milk production. If you are going to be uncomfortable going 5 hours and it is not avoidable, I would suggest trying some other strategy. I think I mentioned going to the restroom and doing some quick hand expression - enough to get more comfortable. Another idea would be to pump just before this long stretch begins, rather than only have baby nursing. (baby still nurses if there, but pump also.) If this stretch is already after a pump session rather than nursing, can you make that pump session a little longer? Basically I am thinking, empty the tank at the start so it takes longer for it to fill up.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 10:48 PM
    This is a good sign, if you look at the diaper log I linked 3 poops on day 3 is appropriate. Green is normal, as your milk transitions from colostrum to "mature" milk and the meconium clears out, green is a normal transition color. Make sure baby is weighed on a digital infant scale, either naked or in dry diaper. Ask for another check if the number seems off to you. Your baby's weight will most likely still be well below birthweight (normal at this point) but probably starting to increase from that lowest known weight. Most likely the scale will be different, so that can throw things off. If the doctor suggests formula, tell them how often baby is nursing (it should be 10-12 times or more in 24 hours) and what the poop pattern is. Tell them you can hear baby swallowing. And tell them how much you want to avoid formula. Basically tell them what you have told us! Usually there are other things to try if gain seems slow, yet doctors too often give formula as the first choice because it is easy and few mothers object. Go ahead and object, and see if they would be open to another plan.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 09:42 PM
    I came home today
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 04:03 PM
    Are you home? Or are you still in the hospital?
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 04:00 PM
    Thanks a lot for your responses.he has got three green poop diapers far today. And my milk came in and he is nursing too. I have a pediatrician appointment tomorrow. Not sure what she is going to say for the weight. But anyway I don't think I need to supplement with formula. I have put so much effort to exclusively breastfeed my baby. So I will give anything to achieve that . Thank you
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  • @llli*honeybird's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 02:26 PM
    Thank you so much again for your help and wisdom. I've ordered the book "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" and right now I feel like continuing to nurse my toddler is the right thing to do. I drank more water and did have less BH as a result!! Thanks again, you are such a blessing to this community <3
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  • @llli*teach48's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 01:19 PM
    MaddieB, I have another question for you concerning schedules. Right now, my daughter nurses every 3 - 4 hours during the day. At work, it looks like I'll go 4 - 5 hours between pumping (I'm working to see if I can shorten this at all). I know the body is amazing at knowing what it needs, and I'm wondering if I should start "to train" my body to go that long? I hope to nurse on the weekends (I hate pumping, and find nursing much more convenient), but if that's the case, are Monday and Tuesday always going to be a little uncomfortable? Just curious (trying not to overthink this all...but I don't think I'm doing very well. Thanks.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    July 26th, 2017, 10:06 AM
    I agree with djsmom. It would help to get the LC in there to reassure you and your nurse! The slightly 'dramatic' loss could be entirely explained by fluids on board due to C-section , baby expelling lots shortly after birth and baby sleepy. Also Birth weights are just very unreliable. From now on, make sure that all checks are done on the same scale and make note when they are not. Remember the 7 pounds 14 ounces weight. That is what all weights should be measured by going forward, not birthweight. As long as baby is nursing with good frequency now and pooping several times a day, you are probably back on track. If you have to wake baby to nurse more, do it. It is common for baby to be overly sleepy first week or two especially after C-section and some need to be encouraged to nurse more often. Skin to skin contact (holding baby on your chest, both of you with as little on as possible) as much as you possibly can will help. More on what to expect these early days: http://kellymom.com/hot-topics/newborn-nursing/
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