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  • @llli*xjemmaxlouisex's Avatar
    August 1st, 2014, 12:00 PM
    I have been through so much with my little one. She is now 5 months and this has been an ongoing issue. She has reflux and is on ranitidine. At 4 months I started to wean her due to her refusing feeds both formula and breastmilk via breast and bottle. Offering formula due to sheer desperation, a constant screaming baby and poor weight gain. She has always been slightly fussy at the breast due to tiredness from jaundice and then anaemia, so we have defiantly not had it easy. In the last few weeks, she has started to reject food as well as breastfeeds. Please tell me how to feed my child. I have tried everything from feeding little and often to positing. I have done everything anybody has suggested and what I have read. Nothing actually works. My midwife and my heath visitor have been useless and don't seem to have any advice to offer other than lets see how she goes. After waiting 5 months, things still haven't got better and i'm hitting breaking point. I really want to continue breastfeeding but don't know how. HELP!
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  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    July 28th, 2014, 03:38 AM
    I'm really distraught at the moment and need some advice, encouragement, anything that will help me feel better. I'm a newbie mom and my DD is 11 weeks old. She was born full term and via emergency c-section. On her 1st month checkup, her pedi said she gained 900g in 3 weeks. She said that you can never overfeed a baby, but my DD's weight gain was above the usual. I told her that DD wants to feed every hour. She sort of gasped at what I said. I told her DS is always crying and rooting every hour. She told me not all cries mean hunger. Her advice was to feed DS every 2 hours and give a paci if DS still wants to suck. (DD hates it and would get even more cranky).Another thing I asked her was if I should wake DS to feed at night because she's starting to sleep at long stretches. She said NO NEED. I'm a stay at home mom and I EBF but pump for a stash in case I need to leave DS with the grandparents. I can pump 3oz in 10 mins total. So I'm sure it's not a supply issue(am i correct?). DS always feeds for 20-30mins. Sometimes even 40! (She just loves to suck). After analyzing the situation I realized DS would search for my breast whenever she is tired and wants to doze off. This is only for naps. Since she was 10 days old she slept long stretches at night. And currently sleeps for 9-10 hours a stretch. At her pedi checkup yesterday, she was weighed and she only gained 200g in 3 weeks!!! :( I feel like I'm gonna cry! She wets 5 diapers and poops 2 times a day but she...
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    July 30th, 2014, 02:58 PM
    Back again with more problems -- just when I thought we were getting better. So I'm wondering if the bad latch has caused me mastitis. I don't think I have/had a plugged duct, but I do often get engorged on that side -- it used to be my "good" side. I was taking fenugreek to increase the flow on the "bad" side. I"m down to taking 1 capsule 3x a day. I was trying to wean slowly. I think it might be an infection from cracked nipples rather than plugged cut, but not sure. Today I've been getting engorged really quickly, and it's happened other times so I thought it was the fenugreek and each time cut back. I can't go more than an hour or so without being so full it's hard to latch the little guy. I now have fever and chills, and achiness. HOWEVER -- my daughter was sick with sore throat and fever three days ago, and her fever was as high as 102.6, which is where mine is right now. Maybe the general achiness is contributing to the fullness and pain? I'm guessing maybe not. My midwives said we should give it 24 hours in case it's viral, but I don't know what to do about this engorgement. I don't think it's plugged, so I worry about increasing by over-pumping. But I have no idea if he's eating enough from that side, because it's stuffing him. He's been spitting up a lot today and even choking on the spit-up (a rare occurrance). So I think it's pouring out of that side every time he nurses (as much as every 1.5 hours, as little as every 4 at night). I pumped...
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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*mom.to.little.pie's Avatar
    July 30th, 2014, 07:55 AM
    My little boy is 6 weeks old. From the start we've had all sorts of troubles with feeding. I'm going to write down everything as I'm not even sure what the real problem is any more or where to go from here... At the very start, he slept 7 hours straight after the birth, couldn't wake him at all and wasn't interested in feeding.. so we had a late start. Then my nipples got sore and were bleeding, so painful but kept feeding him on demand (every hour or so the first few days with a few longer breaks). My milk came in, had tons of it, fed well but baby was only going poop every 3 or 4 days (a big poop nonetheless!) and it was green! I read it could be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and tried to block feed. Big mistake - yes, his poop when yellow, although still only went every 3-4 days, but my supply dropped and I didn't realise until one day I thought I felt a bit empty. Friends assured me this is normal once the supply regulates. I was nervous and called in an IBCLC who told me not to block feed, and to pump after every feed and finger feed it back. The baby also had a weak suck and needed practice, plus the latch was a little shallow. His weight gain was good though (a mystery, as he for sure wasn't getting what he needed from me). Here's one problem with the latch. I have very small (almost flat) breasts with small areolas. A comfortable latch for me and the baby takes in all the areola but baby's mouth is still quite small. The latch the LC showed me was far deeper,...
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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*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*adwilson's Avatar
    July 23rd, 2014, 03:44 PM
    I have been reading about this imbalance and am almost certain we are having this problem. My baby is super gassy, fussy, has green explosive poops, and when I get a chance to pump the milk separates and has very little thick fatty milk at the top. How do I begin to correct this? Should I feed him from the same breast several times? What if he still acts hungry? Or should I try pumping before I nurse?
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  • @llli*humsinger's Avatar
    July 25th, 2014, 01:07 PM
    I'm struggling with getting a decent schedule going with my almost 4 month old. Partly because I have a 3 year old and haven't been completely on top of things... He's pretty chunky, and I'm wondering how long he should be going between feedings... The whole wake up, feed, play, sleep thing isn't really happening...I try feeding upon waking...he eats one side sort of. Then, he gets angry before napping, so he eats the other side sort of (1 and a half hours later)...Decent naps...1 1/2 hours to 2... Can anyone offer me any insight on this? Thanks...kinda driving me crazy! (Goes down at 6:30, 6:45...up at 9 or 9:30...then again at about 3 am...just FYI)
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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*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*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*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*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*carla1331's Avatar
    July 30th, 2014, 07:31 AM
    Hi everyone.. my son is 2 months old, im now back at work for about 3 weeks and pumping. I have been leaving 4 2.5oz bottles with his caregiver (in-laws). and they feel this isnt enough milk. when nursing my son eats just about every 2 hours/about 10 time a day. Im not sure if i should up his bottles to 3oz (would he still eat every 2 hours?) When my sister watches him she seems to do fine with feeding him 3 bottles of 2.5oz. Part of me feels they just want to feed him at every noise he makes... but im not sure when the right time would be to up his bottles, and would this affect him nursing every 2 hours? thanks everyone!! carla
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  • @llli*sarah.proietti's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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*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*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*ehoneybee's Avatar
    July 28th, 2014, 02:06 PM
    My Ped has suggested doing this since my 15 month old did not grow between 12 and 14 months. He gained ounces, but no height. He is within normal range of milestones and Ped says he looks "great" but we're concerned with lack of growth/dropping off curve. He eats solids but has a dairy and nut allergy, so all the yogurt, butter, and cheese I'd normally be giving him has been replaced with seed butters, Chia seeds, and coconut yogurt/oil. He was 7 lb at birth and at 12 months was 27.75“ and 17.5 lb. He had been following his curve until 12 months. I nurse him before naps and bedtime and during the night. He eats mainly solids during the day and fluctuates in terms of amount eaten. He ate 17 oz of food the other day in one sitting (rice, chicken, coconut oil, and bone broth and oatmeal with coconut oil and avocado) but other days not as much. I am mainly concerned with his height. My preschooler also had this problem (with weight not height) and nursed until 2. I was also very small as a baby, so some is genetics, I know. He is now at a non worrisome weight. I don't think weaning will help since her argument is it's a meal replacement and he doesn't nurse like that anymore. However, I don't give my preschooler milk during meals for that exact reason, so I can see her point, even though everything I've read says don't wean for this reason. Advice?
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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*delecto's Avatar
    July 22nd, 2014, 11:07 PM
    Hi all I've been using hydrogel pads to heal my cracked nipples (my DD is 13 do and I think we have her latch issues figured out). In reading through all the advice, I've gotten a bit confused. Many suggest both air drying with some expressed BM after a feeding, AND using lanolin. So is the idea to put the BM in, let it all dry, then put lanolin on? Or, should I just skip the lanolin? I'm trying this for the first time tonight. Even after just a few minutes, my nipples have scabbed over. I'm scared to death that nursing with a hard scab is going to hurt more than it already does. Maybe I should put a little lanolin on just before nursing? Hopefully this makes sense... Thanks!
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  • @llli*aluradr.mom's Avatar
    August 6th, 2014, 12:50 PM
    Hello, I am new here. This is my first child and she is almost eight weeks. I have had great difficulty with breastfeeding so far and several hurdles have almost ended it, but I know how important it is so I have pulled through and made it this far. I couldn't have imagined something like breastfeeding could be difficult, but it has been! Things have greatly improved compared to the fact she used to scream at EVERY feeding, which was extremely stressful. She was diagnosed with reflux so we have been keeping her upright almost all the time. I have found that the only position I can nurse her in that doesn't end with her choking is lying down, and she has been drastically improved since I have been only nursing that way. We also have been giving her Gerber Soothe probiotic drops and I think that has helped as well. She is gaining weight well. Anyway... My problem is that sometimes when she is nursing I can hear a squeak sound and then air gurgles down her throat into her stomach, and when it gets there she pulls off and starts crying/screaming. After I burp her and calm her, usually we can finish the feed ok but we have to start all over. She still occasionally coughs/sputters within the first few minutes as well. She feeds fast & furious, never longer than 10 minutes, but has always been that way. I have had a consultant check the latch, tongue, letdown and nipples, and all is within normal limits. I feel like her latch may be shallow, but after eight weeks shouldn't it have...
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  • @llli*krystine's Avatar
    July 26th, 2014, 03:47 PM
    My sweet little boys turned one today. Thanks again everyone for the support. Breastfeeding twins has been one of the more challenging things I've done but I'm very thankful we worked through the difficult first months and now things are so much easier! For all of you nursing little babies, hang in there, get the support you need and keep at it. It's totally worth it.
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  • @llli*acolorfuldot's Avatar
    July 29th, 2014, 07:44 AM
    Hello, I am breastfeeding my 23 months old on demand, about 6-8 times a day (within 24 h). For quite a long time I was suffering total exhaustion, until lately I got cramps in my left chest, so strong that I thought it is my heart. An inner knowing told me that I need Magnesium. I began taking homeopathic globulis, which improved the situation for a couple of days, but only from one to the next dose. Yesterday, I finally got magnesium to drink (powder to dilute) with 310 mg each package. I was told I could drink one a day while breastfeeding. I took one last night, and about 12 hours later another. I makes the cramps disappear and lets me feel stronger and more relaxed overall. Despite this fact, right now, just about 7 hours later I feel I would like to take another dose of magnesium. So here I am asking if anyone of you could give me a clue how much magnesium a day I could take while breastfeeding in order to restore the necessary amount of magnesium in my body (if that is stored)? Of course, without harming my little jewel of a son ;) I would very much appreciate a quick reply. I am currently abroad, so where I am for the next couple of months I don't have a physician I could ask in the languages I speak. Big hugs out to all of you awesome bf mamas! a colorful dot
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