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  • @llli*mylittleson's Avatar
    August 15th, 2014, 11:30 PM
    Hi everyone. My son is 15 days old and we have had breastfeeding problems from the start. He wasn't eating enough and so they gave me a nipple shield at the hospital. They said that he has a high arch palate in his mouth and I have rather flat nipples that can't reach all the way up there for him to get a good latch. He still wasn't eating enough so I brought him to the lactation clinic after we left the hospital and they told me to bottlefeed him breast milk. Some other issues are that he falls asleep at my breast and he also sucks but doesn't seem to be getting a good amount of milk and/or doesn't seem to be swallowing much. I've also been told (we've seen numerous lactation consultants, nurses, doctors, and our midwife about these issues) that my breasts are too big for him and I try to hold them up with washcloths underneath and also hold my breast up for him. And that I make so much milk that it overwhelms him and he resists my breast or chokes/gets indigestion. So I sometimes pump first before offering him my breast so that there isn't so much to come out at once. (However, he gulps milk from the bottle like a champ so I really don't think this is the problem). So after trying all of these different ideas and tips we are still kind of at a standstill and it's really frustrating. He'll suckle at my breast for anywhere from 20 minutes to up to an hour if I leave him there. He'll either fall asleep or start crying in frustration and resist my attempts to give him my...
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  • @llli*minute's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 10:26 PM
    I could really use some advice to try to help out my wife who is having a very hard time with breastfeeding. I apologize as this is a very long post but I wanted to provide adequate background information. Background: Our son is currently 10 days old. My wife was induced on August 15th as a result of high blood pressure. I believe she was officially diagnosed as pre-eclamptic. She had a successful delivery that day. We had some initial problems with breast feeding and getting a successful latch but the nurse practitioner at the hospital really helped us out. We went home on the 17th feeling confident that everything was going well. By the 19th we realized he had not had any stool in his diaper for almost 24 hours and no urine for 12 hours. We called the pediatrician which we had not met yet and they told us to take him straight to the emergency room where we discovered his bilirubin level was approaching dangerous levels and my wife and sone were readmitted to the hospital. In the hospital, they connected my wife up to a breast pump and we discovered that her milk had not yet come in and she was barely producing anything (3 days old at this point). They told us we needed to begin supplementing with formula immediately to help bring his bilirubin levels down. They also had my wife begin pumping regularly. We returned home on the 20th and began seeking advice on how to increase her milk supply. Her supply has come in at this point but is still not enough...
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 04:17 PM
    My baby is almost 3 weeks old, and I've won the breastfeeding battle with him! But, I do have some First-mom questions... He is nursing on-demand right now... When should I let him sleep instead of waking him up from naps and at night? I've pumped a few times-each time after he has nursed (hospital suggested that). The pumping sessions have lasted 15 minutes (after he has nursed 30 minutes on each breast) and yielded less than an ounce each time. Is that 'normal' or am I not doing the pump correctly? I have 3 weeks left before having to go back to work... He also falls asleep at the beast a lot-any suggestions? I've done everything I can think of! Lastly, I should breastfeed the baby on each side, then pump afterwards (to save it up for when I go back to work), right? My husband says I should only be pumping, then we feed it to him-but then we wouldn't be saving any for the babysitter... Any help would be great! Thanks!
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 09:40 AM
    Hi, I have a complicated story and I wondered if anyone has had a similar experience? My son weaned a couple of months ago of his own volition. He is 4 years and 3 months old. To give some history - we had very severe sleep problems during his first 14 months (you don't want to know), and then after that he only woke me every 2 hours in the night until he was 3 years old. We also both had a lot of gastrointestinal problems which got a bit better with diet change. We had breastfeeding thrush which made his constant feeding very painful. My son is quite dogmatic and I had to work hard all the time to keep him from constant meltdowns. I had no family nearby to help, and my son was so hard to pacify that my husband's really good attempts to help just left me working extra hard to deal with even worse meltdowns. We ended up being very isolated because after two lots of surgery my son was nervous of other people, and we were so sleep deprived that we seemed to catch viruses every time we went anywhere. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I had to work very very hard when he was small, and I had a strong feeling that I was able to do that because the hormones of breastfeeding made me feel sort of superhuman. For the last two years I have been finding that he range of foods that I can tolerate is getting gradually narrower and narrower, and I still got a lot of viruses, but I was basically coping.
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  • @llli*mommatocomma's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 09:58 PM
    My daughter is about 5 1/2 months old and has been a relatively good sleeper-nothing earth shattering but we usually have managed a dream feed and then 1 wake up at some point in the night, and on some occasions she has slept right through after her dream feed. But For the last 3 nights she has basically woken every 2hrs screaming for food, which she takes and then goes back to sleep until the next screaming. She has been feeding a bit less in the day, but in total is feeding for a good hour and a half longer per 24hr period than she was a few weeks back. I am EBF her (no pumping, all from breast) and I really don't want to give her a bottle of pumped milk or formula but this pattern is starting to kill me, I am just so tired. She also is a really bad napper so I can't catch up with sleep in the day. Not started solids yet (sticking to advice to wait til 6 months) and we don't cosleep (not for me)- she is in a cot next to the bed. I guess it's probably a growth spurt? I have read every forum/bf advice page out there (plenty of time on my hands while she feeds) but wondered if I am missing something....? And kind of seeking moral support that it is worth keeping this up. Can anyone help?
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 12:53 PM
    :banghead sorry for posting something again and again. i am having large wedge shaped plugged duct or lump which is not going away.. it starts from chest wall. i take lecithin 3 times a day. i have tried everything to get rid of it. massaged, hot shower, dangled feeding etc. today my LO nursed that side for 45 mins drained all the milk but the lump is still there. i felt the lump when milk started to accumulate again. i already overproduce and i don't want to pump at all. from morning i have used the other breast just twice. i am feeling so lost. feel like weaning early but i know i should not. when i see my baby sleeps after he nurses i feel so happy. but this is making me so much depressed and i am crying everyday and every feeding session. i cannot handle it anymore. i am so done with it.. sorry for ranting over.
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  • @llli*diymom's Avatar
    September 4th, 2014, 04:33 PM
    It's been a week today since my son was born. My son's stool is still green, bright green with a bright yellow stain around it. I am just seeing tiny skid marks instead of substantial poop . I get maybe one poop a day that is larger, though not very big, it's generally all frothy, full of bubbles. It's been this way for 3 days. He has plenty of wet diapers, but he has been very sleepy over the last few days and I think my milk has diminished. I got a pump yesterday to pump after he nurses, hospital grade. When he is awake he cluster nurses and I get drained. The rest of the time he sleeps a lot, deeply and when I try to wake and nurse him, he doesn't nurse for long no matter what I do. That's when I plan to pump. I'm really beginning to think he isn't getting enough milk, I have IGT and was unable to ebf with my first, I've done everything I can to prepare and improve my lactation abilities and am on galactagogues and eating only lactenogenic foods, staying away from anything reputed to reduce supply. Did the few days in a row of him not draining the breast sabatoge my supply?
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  • @llli*yith's Avatar
    August 18th, 2014, 09:46 AM
    He's 5 weeks old and that's as long as I've been breastfeeding as well. It was going well, he's a good sucker, and a decent (though occasionally lazy) latcher too. Now we got our first bump in our breastfeeding journey, and I'd love some help. 1. He's a constant feeder, he wants to feed easily every hour unless he has a good sleep. He spends most of the day attached to my breast which I don't have a problem with - this part I can live with. But he drinks/suckles a lot. 2. As of late he's began developing this strange habit of pulling off the nipple, start crying, wanting to go back on again, just to pull off and repeat. It's very annoying and frustrating. He'll use his hands to pull it out of his mouth or arch his back, and then cry to get back on again. 3. Today I discovered that his poo is green and runny like water, they soak through his cloth nappies.
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  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    August 17th, 2014, 03:24 PM
    My left side had a really bad crack. I have been trying to push through and doing what I can to heal it but it has become too much. I decided to pump for a day or so on that side and continue to feed on the other side. I am not sure how to go about this correctly to keep up my supply. The pump does not hurt at all. Should I pump every few hours? When he was supposed to feed? The first time I pumped I got 3 ounces. Any other suggestions? I've tried to get outside help but it hasn't been easy. The ante natal nurse did not return my call. The lactation counsellor at the hospital has been out of office (voicemail refers you to ante natal nurse). I couldn't find the info on local Le Leche meetings and I phoned the number provided online (not in my city) and left a message with a leader but have not heard back. I am pretty desperate. Oh, baby is 2 weeks today. He has been gaining steadily since leaving the hospital. TIA
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  • @llli*coldiesj's Avatar
    August 22nd, 2014, 09:22 PM
    Hi all, i was new here..been a reader to this forum all these while and i'd just created ID as i got something bother me so much to seek opinions pfrom all bf experts here. Well, i had my 1st child and I greatfully bf him for 4.5m. I was EP ( LO newborn to 3mo) and i had successfully latched him from 3mo till now). I am FTWM so i only can DL afterwork/night time and weekend. Recently, LO seems make up his mind to choose bottlefeed instead of DL. I am suspecting below cause: My slow let-down and slow milk flow. When i was on EP, i need 45min to completely empty my breast with hot/warm towel and massage. since i DL him, when i was pumping at work my milk flow seems doesn't improve. When i am pumping 1 side of my breast, the other did not have milk leak problem at all, same thing when i nurse too. Is there anything that i can do? Any suggestion? Thank you!
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    September 4th, 2014, 06:17 AM
    Hi everyone. Please give me advise on this: Im getting very frustrated these days and Im almost done with night feedings. The breast is not helping my DD 21months old anymore to fall a sleep but it is also not helping her when she does not have it. It takes about 1-2 hours to get her to fall a sleep and this is the time of the day that I can get so mad and just want to walk out the room (witch I never do but stay angry inside of me). Then the night comes and she wakes up a lot. She wants to nurse and thats fine but I can't do it lying down anymore cause my back is all messed up after all this time of nursing (we co-sleep with her in a sidecar). So I have to sit up every time and Im so tired. I don't want to have the feeding session long so I put her down in her corner after 5min and she always cries cause she wants to fall asleep with the breast. But I just can't anymore! I want to keep nursing her for a long time but this sleep-breast issue is giving me grey hairs and making me unhappy with my baby and therefor I feel so guilty. I feel like a bad mother after 8pm! My boyfriend tells me to stop nursing her in the bedroom and take 1-3nights to night wean but I don't feel happy with that cause she is still getting used to daycare and me working some nights to 7pm. Im also afraid that my supply will drop. I have to leave her with her grandparents for 2night and days in early november so maybe its a good thing that I will night wean her by that time? Anyway I would...
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  • @llli*sarah.proietti's Avatar
    August 20th, 2014, 12:40 PM
    My doctor suggested today to feed my daughter who is 2weeks formula for 2days so the jaundice could clear up. After birth she was in the hospital for two days to be put under the light treatment. Her numbers were down last week . Today the doctor said she still has some yellow tint to her skin so may still have slight jaundice. I have researched on the internet and took lactation classes and the feeding plan goes against everything i learned. Help!! should i just suck it up and do formula or go against the doctor. I miss feeding my babe.
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  • @llli*stephanie4pm's Avatar
    August 29th, 2014, 08:36 PM
    I am a first time mom, I got to stay home with my LO until he was 3 months old hes now 4 months old. I've been back at school for almost a month now, and some how I've managed to stay afloat with BF. My son is growing rapidly and my milk supply seems to be diminishing. I had to throw out over a gallon of milk I had pumped in preparation to return to school when I was told the fenugreek I was taking was causing my son problems. After stopping taking the fenugreek the problems stopped. So I tragically had to dump most of my supply. At my school the only place I have to pump is in the employee bathroom once a day if I am lucky with no chair or table. My mom bought me organic rice cereal she thinks is ok to start giving him because he seems to be hungry more often for more then 4oz at a time, my doctor told me between 4 and 6 months was ok to start introducing him to foods. I am having a very emotional feeling about giving him anything but breast milk until he is 6 months old. I can't even wrap my head around the possibility of having to give him formula. I feed him at 6:00am from one side and pump the other I'm only getting 4oz while I am gone from 7:30am until 5:30 pm I barely even have time to drink. What do I do??? This is killing me and my supply just keeps getting smaller because I can't keep up.
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  • @llli*cej2014's Avatar
    August 18th, 2014, 01:45 PM
    It has been a rough week and I think I'm just needing a little extra support right now! My LO is 7 months old today, and to be completely honest I am not sure if we've ever had a full day of 100% pain-free nursing. We struggled early with a bad latch...the LC at the hospital was SUPER unhelpful and basically just said I'd get the hang of it. After 4 weeks of pain and raw nipples, I saw another IBCLC who really helped me understand the problems I was having. Nursing was still pretty excruciating for another 6ish weeks as my nipples took quite a while to heal...by 3 months I wouldn't say I was really comfortable nursing but it was tolerable, and so much better than it had been. I struggled (still do) with oversupply issues and have had to work hard for a good latch, always. At 7 months I still wake up every morning with very full breasts and leak milk during usually the first 2 feeds of the day. I started pumping before bed so that I wouldn't be going as long a stretch without any milk being expressed (some days I was so engorged/swollen in the morning that my baby wasn't able to transfer milk at all...I posted about that a while back, thankfully it hasn't been happening anymore!), but although I never really use it I'm now building up a stash of milk because I'm afraid to stop pumping at night! It seems like every time things start to get a little better a new obstacle turns up. During the last month she has been in a very distractable phase, meaning lots of pulling away,...
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  • @llli*runbabyrun's Avatar
    September 1st, 2014, 12:10 PM
    This is the second thread I've started here. The first one was about dealing with cracked nipples (one far worse than the other). I went to see a Lactation Counselor who said there was nothing wrong with my latch and no tongue tie. She suspected that the nipple shield I was using was too small still (in the hospital they had given me the smaller size and I ended up with blisters). I went up another size in the shield along with getting a prescription for Dr. Jack Newman's nipple cream and things seemed to be getting much better. I started noticing that my nipple was white shortly after the baby finished. I also noticed that if I got cold, i.e. my nipples were hard, they would hurt. The pain started shortly after feeding and would last for awhile. at first it was just a minor discomfort, now it is getting to the point where I am in a lot of pain. It does not hurt to nurse, but the pain starts shortly after he is done. It is extremely painful if he comes back to the breast shortly after nursing (like if he falls asleep then wakes up again in 15 or 20 minutes). I started googling and came across nipple vasoplasm. It said it can be caused by trauma to the nipple and may continue after the source of the problem is fixed. I have tried a number of the suggestions I found online, olive oil, keeping them warm, etc. but am still experiencing pain. I am beyond frustrated. LO is 4 weeks old now and I have been in pain pretty much the entire time. I just started...
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    September 8th, 2014, 02:45 PM
    Hello mamas! My darling baby girl is 9 months old is EBF since birth. At 6 months of age I started her on her oatmeal with breast milk. We started some solids 3x day. However; I personally didn't agree with the schedule doc put us on, because I was afraid she would wean off her most nutritional source of food mamas milk. Not to mention she was becoming constipated with too much solids. I believe babies bodies aren't ready for so much food that young. So I completely took her off solids for about 1 month. Once her poop was back to normal we started solids once again every other day. She still was constipated. I believe she needed more fiber in her diet. She is 9 months now and I give her more fiber foods daily. However I always push moms milk first before anything. And I'm not too worried if she skips meals either. What I've noticed this time around with her eating habits though she doesn't always want to eat her solids now. As appose to before she always would eat her foods. Especially at dinner time she doesn't want nothing to do with her green veggies. She has learned to say no. And believe me she tells mommy no now. I'm still very worried about weaning her off my milk, but it seems she is pooping more frequent following this schedule than eating solids every other day. I'm really confused about what too do. Also, I'm very thrown off on what kinds of foods I can give her and what foods to mix for her. I really would appreciate some advice on what some mums are doing...
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  • @llli*sweeetp0812's Avatar
    August 16th, 2014, 11:27 AM
    Hi everyone, I am 4 days PP and my milk has come in yesterday, however, when my baby nurses, he still only gets a tiny bit of colostrum. I've tried pumping today, and still, was only able to get a tiny bit of colostrum only. Am I jumping the gun here worrying about not producing enough milk. Any advice, feedback is greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*fujiapple's Avatar
    August 20th, 2014, 10:08 AM
    My son is 6 months old and has been in daycare full time for about a month (part time for a month before that). He is exclusively breastfeed, but we did start some solids at 5 months. Before returning to work, I had no issues with supply, in fact had an oversupply. DS has been sleeping through the night since he was about 8 weeks old (8-9 hours per night), and during the day when we are together he nurses every 1.5 hours. DS goes to daycare at about 7:30am, and is usually picked up at about 5:30pm - give or take 30 minutes. His last nursing session at home varies but it is usually around 6:30am. So that means it can be anywhere from 11-12 hours before he nurses again in the evening. At first when I went back to work I was able to pump on average 22 ounces. And DS was drinking about 16oz per day. But now for the last couple of weeks he has been consistently drinking 20oz per day at daycare (I send five 4oz bottles each day). He is also now eating solids at daycare twice a day, but this has not affected his milk intake. They are offering him a bottle about every 2 hours. And as I mentioned above, when he is home with me he nurses every 1.5 hours. Given the amount of time we are apart, do you think 20oz per day is too much?
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  • @llli*motherhoodblessing's Avatar
    August 15th, 2014, 02:26 PM
    Hi all, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy 9 days ago. I did not nurse in the hospital and when I got home I continued the formula thinking I don't have enough milk. I have also been pumping to see if I can feed my baby this way and I can barely get 1 ounce at a time. I contacted a lactation consultant and she can pumping only get 30% of the milk out and only the baby can employ the breast completely. Today I tried to get my baby to latch on and he seemed to fall asleep after a few minutes. He was on the breast for over an hour and doing the sucking motion the whole time but I can't figure out if he was able to get any milk. After I put him down he woke up hungry in a half hour so I have him formula. I tried nursing again for his next feeding and I was able to squeeze milk out with my hand so I am assuming the milk supply went up since yesterday. But he still seemed hungry after staying on the breast for an hour so I again had to give him formula. I would ideally like to nurse exclusively. How can I make the situation better and increase my milk supply. This is my first baby so I'm clueless and would really appreciate the help.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2014, 04:09 AM
    hello everyone my son is 3 months and 1 week old. i am exclusively breastfeeding him. my problem i run bit of an over supply every morning when i wake up both my breasts are full. my right breast is the one which is very problematic and it gets clogged very soon:banghead. my son sleeps for one 4 to 5.30 hours strech from 12 or 11:30 pm. so when he wakes up i feed him from the right breast(problematic one) to avoid clog every morning. will this create a problem n supply because of using same breast every morning or is it ok? before he goes to sleep i try to give both breasts, somedays i am lucky he ll take both most of the days he doesn't.i don't want to pump i will never pump, its increasing my supply. i try to feed him frequently to avoid fullness. i feel like my breasts are getting used to the time rather than the frequency it is being used. 5:00am :right breast 7:00 am :left breast(i encourage him to nurse) it goes on every 2 to 3 hours i encourage him to nurse, because he goes for 3 to 4 hours between feeds. by 11.30 pm i try to use both breast(but i am not that lucky)literally my right breast is getting used more which is the problematic one.. pl help
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 04:42 PM
    When I nurse on my right side I get this sharp pain in the inside of my breast (area between my nipple and sternum). When she is not nursing the area is still sore, but more of an ache. It is functioning well and matches the output on my left breast, which doesn't hurt (3-4oz per breast per 15 min pump session) Do you know what this is and how to fix it? (I am a FTM and baby is 1 month- this has been going on since I started breastfeeding.)
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    August 21st, 2014, 12:32 PM
    Hi and thank you for the great resource. My 2.5 year old son loves to nurse, but I try to limit to just bed time and nap time. I make exceptions to that, however. Lately he's been telling me there is "no milk in it" and asks if the other side has milk in it and proceeds to tell me it does not. He has seen me hand express to double check that what he is saying is correct. Lately I have only been able to get a drop or so. He always coaxes me to do this after he tells me there is no milk. He doesn't seem very distraught, but he has begun asking to nurse overnight again even though we night weaned 4+ months ago. He is asking to nurse more often and seems like he is going through a difficult time as he has been quite emotional lately which may have nothing to do with nursing. We haven't dropped a nursing session since we night weaned shortly after he turned 2. No other changes, I'm not pregnant, we haven't moved, etc. Is this just the end?
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    August 30th, 2014, 07:09 AM
    I recently went back to work, and my 3 month old daughter is staying at home with her aunt. I'm away from home from 7-4, and have been leaving three bottles (2 3oz. and 1 4oz.). According to my SIL, this seems to be the right amount - she's doing paced feedings and my daughter seems satisfied afterwards. I've been pumping four times a day (once before I leave for work, and three times at work) and yielding 16-18 oz total. This is obviously more than she's consuming, and I'm happy to build a freezer stash, but I'm worried it might mean she's not getting enough while I'm at work. My daughter's not really a crier, so I worry that she's still hungry, just not complaining. Any thoughts?
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Well, as another poster recently said, sometimes I feel like I have to hold in details in order to avoid a :fingerwag when I take my baby to the doctor. I am venting my frustrations, but perhaps I am misinformed. I took my daughter to the doc for her 9month check up. When the doc discovered that my daughter still wakes up 2-3x a night to nurse she was astonished. She acted like I was the only woman in the world doing this and I know I am not. The way she reacted made me feel terrible about myself and made me mad. She said at this point my baby is physically able to sleep 7-8hrs without waking up and should be doing so. I said she does sleep through the night, and she said no, she isn't if she is waking up to nurse. My baby 'dreamfeeds'. She rarely opens her eyes and wakes up. Every now and then she has woken up due to teeth or us disturbing her but on an average night she doesn't. I consider her sleeping through the night because she's not interacting with us, not opening her eyes...you get the picture. The doctor said she needs to be sleeping 7-8 hrs straight in order to truly process everything. Then she questioned our feeding, how often was I giving her solids, how many naps she was taking, for how long. She told us to feed her at lunch, a snack if we wanted, and dinner in order to give her a rhythm so that at night she would sleep longer, and realize that at night time it was sleep time. (my daughter does know night time is sleep time, every day when the sun sets,...
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    August 19th, 2014, 07:00 AM
    When my baby was born at 38 weeks at 6lbs7oz she latched on right away, then two days later jaundice kicked in and she became too weak and lost too much weight. I was still in the hospital and the drs had me start pumping and bottle feeding. Since then she's back to her birthweight, no jaundice issues any more. I got her to take the breast again at 2 weeks, but only with a nipple shield (she is 3weeks 2days today). Yesterday I finally got her to latch on without a shield for the first time and was very excited about this victory!...but then at her 10pm feed all of a sudden I could no longer get her to latch and had to go back to the shield. This is continuing and I cannot figure out the magic that worked yesterday that all of a sudden stopped working. I'm so discouraged, does any one have any in site or suggestions on this? (I'm a first time mum and do not have any supply issues...yet)
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