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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*beelzebubble's Avatar
    August 3rd, 2014, 03:09 AM
    emptying the breast or pumping frequently? I ask because it takes forever for me to let down and empty my breasts, in the realm of 40-50 minutes. I'd like to pump 8-10 times a day but that just isn't possible when I need to pump for so long. If I wanted to do the most efficient thing to increase my supply, would I want to pump more often or to keep emptying my breasts completely?
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  • @llli*bugout69's Avatar
    August 11th, 2014, 04:03 AM
    I just had my 7th child on July 16. She weighed 8 lbs 5 oz at birth. Now she weights only 7 lbs 13 oz at 3 1/2 weeks away. She was a c-section baby. Her first 3 days were spent in the NICU due to swallowing fluid, during that time I had to pump for the first two days and not feed her. We have had some latch problems, but I am working with her to correct those. Having breast fed all of my other children for over a year, I think I know what I am doing. However, the ped is very concerned that she is not up to her birth weight this far out and wants to 'intervene'. I have been doing weekly weight checks with her. too. We have been supplementing with a bottle of breastmilk for a few feedings a day, too. She tends to be a very sleepy baby and is sleeping 6 hours at night, too. I try to wake her using all sorts of techniques and she falls back asleep. I have to work with her to get all of feedings by switch nursing and compressions. Any advice?
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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*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*leonies.mum's Avatar
    August 10th, 2014, 04:19 PM
    My LO is 10 weeks old and is growing well. I've had lots of milk and an OALD since the beginning. Baby has been fussing at the breast on and off but always had also a good suck and peaceful moments. Now, since a few days she seems constantly hungry and unhappy but as soon as I try to latch her on she starts crying like crazy. I sooth her and try again. After several tries she finally quiets enough to latch and drinks very fast and nervous. Sometimes she pulls back after only one or two minutes and keeps pulling on and off seeming unhappy and not full yet. Sometimes it helps to burp her, some times to hold her upright for a while and then try again, sometimes nothing at all seems to help... This starts to drive me crazy as it takes a lot of patients and energy to get her to nurse and to get her to sleep. I suspect that she has gas or painful reflux resulting from my high supply. I have reduced it some with block feeding which seemed to help but the let-down is still very intense. Sometimes she manages it well and feeds right through it, sometimes it seems to really bother her a lot. I just can't figure out what makes it good one time versus the other really hard and bothersome times... WHY IS BREASTFEEDING SUCH AN ISSUE FOR MANY OF US?! Shouldn't it be the most natural thing? I thought I had it all right: natural un-medicated birth, co-sleeping, lots of carrying and holding... and still? It really gets to my sometimes!
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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*sailorscout27's Avatar
    August 12th, 2014, 11:55 AM
    i am currently on my third time getting a white spot on nipple of my left breast. it is in the same spot as the other two times. is this a milk bleb or a plugged nipple pore? what am i doing wrong that i keep getting these? it is so painful to nurse my lo. i have been placed on diflucan the past two times and they went away. ive tried to soak and hand express to get it to unclog with no success.i notice that after nursing or pumping that it tends to be more pronounced(bulge out a little) but by the time i nurse or pump again it has gone down(my nipple looks normal except a white dot). ive been taking lacithin and probiotics otc. ive tried eatting better cutting stuff outta my diet, but i still maybe eatting what i shouldnt? -is there a deeper cause like thrush or bacterial infection going on? -it has been back 5 days now and i seem to be having noticable constant pain that is not extremely bad but more aggravating than anything. i dont even notice my right side unless i feel a let down. -im just at my witts end trying to enjoy such a bonding experience with my lo since this will be my last child. i had less times to nurse my lo yesterday and it made me very sad so i am just needing some help so i dont give up. thanks in advance for all the help. i know i seem like im having alot of issues and its like once i get done with one, here comes another. trying to stay positive:banghead:sob
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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*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*beepr's Avatar
    August 5th, 2014, 09:07 AM
    We are going out of town without kids next month for 4 nights. My youngest will be 8.5 months old and I have a bunch of milk all ready to go. The problem is that she won't take a bottle anymore. She just chews on the nipple. I'm not the one trying to give it to her, so that's not the problem. I don't know what to do except have my Mom put the breastmilk in her food so at least she's getting the nutrients. I am also afraid that she will accidentally wean herself if I am gone for 4 nights. So, my thoughts and concerns I need with are: * Is there a trick to getting her to take a bottle again? * We are going to get different nipples since the only ones we have are level 1. I know she should be on at least level 4. Could this be the problem? When I turn the bottle over with a level 1 nipple is comes out pretty quickly, but maybe not quick enough for her? * Could it be that she isn't a fan of previously frozen milk because she is so used to fresh milk? * My husband is going to start giving her a bottle every couple nights. * I have been having her practice using a straw so that she could drink her milk with a cup. * She is on solids and is a very good eater, but I am not ready to give up breastfeeding. * Is there a possibility of her weaning herself after 4 nights away even if she wasn't ready?
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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*lpnem's Avatar
    August 6th, 2014, 10:50 PM
    Hi, First post here. My baby is 5 months and 2 wks. I pump and give my baby breastmilk through a bottle, as well as formula. He never could latch on..but would do so for a few minutes with a nipple shield. I'm still hoping he'll nurse off of me rather than with a bottle...although the doctor said if he isn't nursing now, he never will :(. Anyways, I usually pump 3 times a day and will get about 5 oz each session. For the past week, I've only been able to get 3 oz for the whole day!! 15 oz vs. 3. Can milk supply suddenly decrease or just complete stop? My pump and attachment pieces are intact. I really want to give my baby as much breast milk as I can offer him. Especially, bc I have guilt inside of me that he won't nurse from me....
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  • @llli*writingroad's Avatar
    August 3rd, 2014, 09:39 PM
    Losing faith and don't know what to do next. little one is gaining weight slowly and since our last weigh in (4oz in two weeks) things have gone from bad to worse. I've been feeding as much as possible (hourly sometimes), expressing every three to four hours and taking fenugreek to increase supply which seems to be working. I'm feeding our boy the expressed milk which he gulps down even after a feed - although he is often sick or bringing up milk afterwards. I still don't feel he's getting enough despite giving him an extra 3-400ml extra each day. Our breastfeeding technique seems to have gone out if the window - everyone tells me I have good positioning and he had a good latch, but he doesn't seem to be swallowing very often. (He'll happily suck on a Mandela Calma bottle taking 100+ml in 10-15minutes). Since starting this new feeding frenzy he's gone from a happy content baby to an unsettled, less smiley baby and I've gone from excited but anxious new mum to a nervous wreck who can't stop crying. He only sleeps when swaddled at night and takes a lot of settling. In the day he only sleeps on me or husband in the day which is exhausting when hubbie is at work, plus I have no opportunity to express... I can't see any solution bar switching to formula at the moment - expressing enough isn't happening and we have no life which is no good for him or me. I'm happy to adapt my life to suit him, but we haven't left the house (barely even the lounge) for over a week. I'm...
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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*elisabethtara's Avatar
    August 13th, 2014, 09:34 PM
    I have an 8 month old who has has severe problems breastfeeding ever since she was born. She would always eat very small amounts very often--eating about 20x a day. Around six weeks she refused to eat at all. She would fight and fight eating. Maybe sucking for a minute, or from a bottle just a few sips. Once she went for 8 hours and she had to be given an IV for dehydration. That night I learned that if I pumped, she would take a bottle in her sleep. So ever since 6 weeks. I try to breastfeed her she drinks a little bit,I then pump and then I have to fight to get her to sleep and give her the rest in her sleep. We co-sleep so she suckles at nighttime. It takes about an hour to feed her. When she eats, I can hear all sorts of weird noises in her belly, like bubbles. I am off dairy, eggs, wheat, fish, peanuts, beef, soy, and corn.
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  • @llli*three.babies's Avatar
    August 14th, 2014, 09:31 AM
    Hi. I just had my third baby 3 weeks ago. I successfully breastfed my first two babies. This time, after my milk came in I felt engorged so I was pumping for comfort twice a day. After an afternoon pump one day my breasts never seemed to really fill back up. I don't think I was eating/drinking enough at the time and my baby wasn't gaining weight so the dr had me pump and bottle feed for a few days to measure his intake. Doing this made me realize I wasn't producing enough milk for him. I was only getting about 1 1/2 to 2 oz per pump total, and that was pumping every 2 hours and he was eating about 3-4 oz every 3 hours. I am currently monitoring my eating/drinking, taking 3 fenugreek pills 3 xs a day, and drinking mother's milk tea 3 xs a day and pumping every 2 hours. I have not seen any significant increase in my supply and I've been doing this for 5-6 days. When I try to nurse my baby seems to get frustrated like he isn't getting enough or getting it quick enough. I don't always feel let down when he nurses either. Is there anything else I can do to get my milk back? I was really thinking this time it would be easy to breastfeed since I've done it twice before but I am getting very frustrated/sad/stressed about possibly not being able to.
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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*blueberrysmom's Avatar
    August 14th, 2014, 06:00 PM
    Hi everyone! I've been away for a long time, and I really appreciate all the help and support I got from you all when I was nursing my DD. She's 2 1/2 now and absolutely wonderful - always eating (shocker! just like nursing) and growing just fine. BUT I am now 7 weeks away from giving birth to a little boy! So ready to get him out and have him with us. I'm trying to have as little anxiety about the BFing process with him as possible, but I'm just sort of wondering if anyone has some experience or wanted to share with me if your body made milk differently or if your BFing process was different between children. I'm hoping that in general things will be easier because I have experience with one baby and know quite a bit more than I did last time, but I can't seem to find anything online about changes in your body's milk production from child to child. Is is like "every pregnancy is different so your milk will change from one to the next?" Thanks so much!! Karen
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  • @llli*gogs81's Avatar
    August 11th, 2014, 04:23 AM
    Hello, Our doctor recently informed me that my daughter is not gaining well enough and when we weighed her before and after an afternoon feed we discovered that she was only getting an ounce or two, if that. I've started taking fenugreek and blessed thistle and I've noticed a huge change so my milk is coming back. And my daughter has started sleeping much better now so I know she is feeling full. However I know it's still quite low in the afternoon as I don't feel full at all and my daughter fusses at the breast and wants to eat again within an hour-two hours. I've upped my protein intake and my calories and I'm drinking at least 3 litres of water during the day. I'm pumping after the morning feed when I am very full. Is there any suggestions to what I can do to increase my supply in the afternoon?
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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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