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  • @llli*h.rosalyn's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 PM
    Thanks all. He latch and it feels ok. Sometimes i notice that he suck butnot swallow.I'm using manual single pump, havent afford to use double pump yet. I'm nursing for about 5-6times and around 300-400 ml milkand formula still supplied to him. I pump 3-4 times. It is difficult for me to nurse him directly afterpumping. He would get fussy and cry, seems like he doesnt get the milk flow. I worry if he is getting used to bottles, and want faster milk flow. I tried breast compression but not switch side yet. He is sleepy when nursing, hard to reattach after switching. He is gaining weight, havent check for these 2weeks. He wants to nurse again after2 hours nursing Erin, seems like he doesnt full yet. Now my pumping only get 1 oz, it gets me frustrated..
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 PM
    Thanks for the update, nice story other than the issue with the pump.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 PM
    Ok so when you are back to work during the day (I presume) long stretches at night can be more of a problem as of course the being back at work and pumping during that time rather than nursing is often a issue for milk production to some extent, also the more baby nurses overall the better to avoid any 'nipple confusion' you may have heard of. it may well be baby will wake more often at night at that point anyway and this is helpful for milk production and consequently longevity of nursing.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 PM
    He actually goes to sleep really well with Daddy and will sleep cuddled up with daddy. But for some reason he is deciding he want's an awake period at night when Daddy is home. Maybe he likes the one on one music time I don't know. When it is just DS and I when Daddy is out of town we do tend to get up early (like between 5 and 6) most mornings and before going to bed I often have DS sleeping in a sling for a couple hours before I go to bed and then at night the wake ups are not really complete we just wake up enough to switch sides every so often though I still usually need to sneak out of bed once to pee. When Daddy is home he is often going to sleep early, not long after DS falls to sleep nursing and Daddy will take DS to bed and give me some time alone before I go to bed. Then lately sometime between 2 and 4 DS has been waking up fully and getting hyper to the point where Daddy gets up with him for a while. I will still usually get up sometime between 5 and 7 because my back just doesn't let me stay in bed longer than that. The Problem happens even when he is nursing on the outside sometimes, he decides he want's to be awake and no MA I don't want to nurse more, last night he even kinda bit me.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    I would try the breastmilk up the nose if they will let you, it's worth a shot! Have you tried feeding her in a steamy room?
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  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    yes I'm saving milk for when i return to work, or if I'm not home. thanks for ur insight
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  • @llli*sprocket's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    I just wanted to write an update now that I'm home from my trip. My husband and daughter ended up coming with me and staying for the first night. Then I had two more nights without them and arrived home before my daughter was asleep on the third night. So, this was all made easier by fewer nights apart than I had anticipated. HOWEVER, I fully intended to bring my pump but I forgot it!! I think I forgot it because my daughter was coming with me as I departed for the trip and my brain didn't make the connection that I would need it. Anyway, I went to CVS and bought a very expensive, very useless manual pump. It did not help me very much and I wound up just taking a shower morning and night and doing some hand expressing as much as I could. Between a little bit of the manual pumping and the hand expression, I was able to relieve most of my discomfort. But I sure did want to nurse when I got home!! Luckily, my daughter wanted to as well!! One thing that I think helped was that we were able to do a video chat both evenings that I was away and we talked about nursing and how we were both looking forward to nursing. That was really nice and it made me realize how special nursing a toddler is. It's something we share that we can talk about!! It was funny though, when I walked in the door, she was having a snack and she wanted to sit and talk to me while she ate and then she wanted to sit on my lap but she didn't want to nurse right away. But then at bedtime, she did. And she's back...
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 PM
    Maybe he can sleep near you but not between both of you? With a bedrail on the edge of the bed, of course (or wall). This way Daddy is not within his line of vision.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 PM
    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 2010, on general anesthesia: In almost all cases, breastfeeding is fine as soon as you're alert enough to hold your baby. WAB, 8th edition p. 393 General info about meds: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/15_medicationsandbf.pdf
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 PM
    YAY, well over 17 lb now and just about at the 25th Percentile line. At night I'm experiencing an interesting thing. When daddy is out of town working DS sleeps well at night, nursing in bed but not really waking up fully even when I change a diaper. But this week with daddy back, DS has been waking up and crawling around and wanting to play in the middle of the night to the point where DH takes him out to the living room to listen to music till he falls back to sleep. DH keeps asking me what I do when he isn't home and he doesn't seem to believe that it hasn't been a problem. DS does love his daddy though and will crawl after him around the house as best he can.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    I actually like some things about all of my pumps. I currently like my Hygeia Enjoye, but it took a while to get used to it and they took over a month to send it to me. Plus, I had to start using Medela flanges to get a good milk output. I had to pay for that one, though, and it was pretty pricey. But I had mastitis twice within the first few months of nursing this little guy, so I wanted something powerful to get rid of them as needed. Plus, you can sell it or send it back for recycling, which you can't do with the other pumps since they're single-user. I liked the simplicity of Medela PISA (just used a button after letdown, whereas with the Ameda and Hygeia you have to turn knobs). The Purely Yours seemed a little less powerful the first time around, but my second one seems a little better so far. But I had to change out the parts frequently with the first one since I used it all the time, and there would often be little issues with it (like the diaphragms wouldn't inflate totally). The Ameda seems best for pumping in the car, because it is small, has a place to put the bottles, and the knobs are easy to maneuver without looking (plus, it's dark when I drive to work).
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 PM
    well you can probably trust your instincts on how to approach this. When breasts get full, that tells the body to make less milk. So long stretches of not nursing and/or les frequent nursing overall will lower milk production. However that does not always mean the milk production will reduce to less than baby needs. Are you saving milk for a return to work?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 PM
    Call the doctor back and ask for the name of every single drug you will be given, then contact Infant Risk (http://www.infantrisk.com) for definitive answers on medication safety. That being said, the doctor is almost surely correct about breastfeeding- remember, mothers who have c-sections under general anesthesia can safely nurse as soon as they are alert enough to hold their newborns!
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
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  • @llli*lizkd128's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    No other symptoms except that stool testing showed an elevated white blood cell count and inflammation. If it weren't for that, I think I would be accepting it as his "normal" by now! He nurses frequently - every 2-3 hours, usually only one side at a time. I noticed some spraying last week when he was getting a cold and nursing a lot for comfort but otherwise we haven't had that problem for a few months. I am speaking with the GI specialist today and I think I will push for some answers beyond just a food intolerance. THank you both!!
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    Today, 11:21 AM
    One of the huge criticism's of Medela is that their consumer pumps are single user, and have what is called an "open system". I read a really good article on this, and if I can find I again, I'll share. This type of system is the reason that it is possible for milk (and thus, mold) can get into the inner parts (motor etc), and fester there. BUT there is no way to know if there is mold in it, AND if there is, there is no way to clean it. I think this was the article: http://amywest.co/2011/01/19/the-problems-with-medela/
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  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    Today, 11:07 AM
    She's about 13 pounds. Doctor says she's doing great.. She nurses during the day fine about 6-9(depends) times and takes naps in between My breast do engorge late in the night but not too painful. She will only take the pacifier at night and spits it out once she falls asleep. When she wakes I nurse from one until she's satified and pump the other. I am also freezing milk.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Today, 11:05 AM
    Thanks for all the responses! Yeah, I was more concern about the wearing of the motor and all that... plus I've read some about contamination? Like some milk can get in the pump itself and then you contaminate the new fresh milk... right? Is there a way to "disinfect" the old pump to avoid this? Anyway... I guess I'll keep both pumps, I like the idea of leaving one at work. I remembered I forgot (ha!) the pump several times with #1 and I had to rush back home and waste time. So yeah... And I liked the "it and I have a history together" too! @ngs215, that's the story of every mom that pumps for months for their babies... I don't know which models will the insurance allow at this point - plus the only let you order a couple of months before the due date. I had a medela double pump, and it worked great until I stored it. No problems at all! Are there any better pumps out there?
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  • @llli*lukar's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    I'm scheduled for surgery on Monday and I'm currently breastfeeding my seven month old son. Talking to the surgeon it sounded like they're doing full anesthesia with an IV and whatnot (I've never had surgery before, so I don't know how it usually goes). I asked the surgeon about me breastfeeding and he says he "thinks it's not a problem". Not overly reassuring but ok. But then I later talk to a person scheduling the operation, giving me pre-op instructions and whatnot and she says I most definitely can't breastfeed on the day of surgery and probably should not nurse the next day either. Can anyone help me here? Who do I believe? I only have a handpump and have no freezer stash, so if I can't nurse for two days I guess I'll need to start storing right away. My son has never fully taken a bottle before though, so I don't know how that's gonna work out for two whole days :/
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  • @llli*staceyh's Avatar
    Today, 10:55 AM
    I saw a drop in supply with Zyrtec. I take Alavert and it seems to do fine. This is a great resource too to read effects of medication on lactation: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 10:50 AM
    So you only had one drop to 12 oz and then the next day were at 14.5 oz? You might want to give it a couple of days or so to see if there's really an issue. I generally pump about 12-15 oz a day, but some days get as much as 17 oz and have had an occasional day when it's more like 11. I wouldn't normally even consider anything a drop unless it really went below 12 oz for more than a day. I think it depends on how much my son nursed before I left for work, how many hours I go between pumping, etc. I guess if you normally don't have that type of fluctuation, then something may be up, but it would be hard to say. Plus, if your baby is 17 months old, getting that much is pretty amazing. I wasn't pumping much at that point (maybe once a day) and was lucky to get 2-3 oz! Amy
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    just have to be careful with shields if there is any milk transfer issues or supply issues the shields can cause difficulty with mom's supply or babies weight gain so I would suggest getting help from an IBCLC if there are any problems with milk transfer or supply and shields are used. If you do have OALD and the pain is really just due to an injury that hasn't healed then I can see the shields being a handy tool.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 AM
    ASorry I really have to dissagree. baby stopped pooping daily at 12 days-. It is not uncommon for a normally gaining baby to have less frequent poops after 4-6 weeks. Earlier than that, a baby not pooping several times a day is an indication baby is not getting enough. Since baby is also not gaining well according to the scales, then I think the lack of poops is (or at least was) certainly a sign all was not well with intake. A baby not gaining at all from two to 5 weeks indicates a serious issue. but what to do about the situation without further harming the breastfeeding relationship is the question. Every two to three hours- so 9-12 times in 24 hours? This is enough for some babies, but not all. Can you increase feeding frequency?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:58 AM
    I agree with txlynx. This is unusual but may be fine assuming baby nurses lots the rest of the day and is gaining well. However such a long stretch as a regular thing may well have an adverse effect on your milk production, and if sleep lengthening techniques she mentions above are in use that is potentially even more problematic. There is no harm in gently encouraging baby to nurse in their sleep or to wake a sleeping baby to nurse. Also do not be surprised if baby starts waking more often at some point.
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