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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 AM
    I would just pump enough to take the edge off. And ENJOY IT. (It probably won't last) but enjoy it while it's happening!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 AM
    Yep. If you are fine nursing while together and are planing to feed 3-5 times in a 24hour you don't actually need to replace your milk. So as long as it's not JUST down for bed at night? But like also "hello" when you see him after work and either down for a nap or 1st thing the morning, if your DCP can feed him whole milk fine. But mine couldn't. My son didn't like it. And I didn't sweat it. He drank water in a sippy while away from me and nursed on demand while together. So go ahead. PUMP WEAN!!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 AM
    Ouch Mama! That IS a ton. Is the situation that she is crying to eat this often or are you feeding her every time she roots? It IS normal to eat every hour while awake, but usually you get at least one stretch that is longer than that at night. Are you co-sleeping? If so, I'd try an arms reach bassinet. Babies tend to sleep better NEAR their mothers but sometimes being TOO close can actually stimulate night time waking because they can smell the milk. However often being TOO far away also makes them wake. So being within arms reach so you can TOUCH her if she stirs so she knows you are there WITHOUT needing to get up or feed her sounds like it might really help both of you. In the mean time, I would suggest that at this point, you do NOTHING but rest and feed. Because you are awake at this point WAY too much. So while you get it evened out, I would lay down and rest with her every time she naps. What I found as a new mother was that your sleep needs change. You still need to try to get 8 hours in a 24hour period. But you don't actually need them all together. So focus on going down with her for her naps. Wishing you 3solid hours in a row!!!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    Agree.
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  • @llli*amygmar's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 AM
    Hi my 12 week old has just started sleeping about 7-8 hours per night. I'm having to wake him up to feed him as my breasts are so engorged and painful by this point. Will these long sleeps affect my milk supply? Should I be waking him earlier to keep up a good supply? Thanks
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  • @llli*emersushea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    My daughter will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and since day 4 she has been breastfeeding every 30 min to an hour when awake and every 1-2 hrs at night. I have a BF tracker app and she eats 19-23 times a day. I keep reading about cluster feelings and growth spurts but her feeding frequency has not seemed to calm down. Is this normal? When do feeding frequencies tend to calm down? Should I be worried that she's on the boob so Frequently? She's put on 2 lbs, 2 oz already since birth and has tons of wet and dirty diapers so I know she's getting enough. I am utterly exhausted and depressed as I find it hard to leave the house for anything. Frustrated. :cry
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  • @llli*m11612's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    My son is the most annoying nursling! I love him but not his nursing behavior. His sister (3.5yrs) even comments on her superior nursing manners. He is 5 months and has been a biter since 2 months if not before. He sometimes clamps down, twists his head and looks up at me with a devilish grin. Lately his favorite is to pinch my breast with both hands. When I hold his hands, give him something to hold or whatever, he clamps, turns his head down and drags my nipple out of his mouth then bobs back on again all while squirming his hands back toward pinching again. I have tried all the tricks (thanks kellymom, this forum and my grad degree in applied behavior analysis) and he just still prefers this behavior. No amount of attention, ignoring, distraction, yelling out, blocking etc is enough to compete with his love for causing me pain. Oh, what a little brat! :) I'm posting this here with the hope that this group of people will see the humor, sympathize with the struggle and get that this in no way makes me want to stop breastfeeding (except maybe brief moments at the end of a long day where I fantasize about quiet moments alone on the beach with a beverage).
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Thanks for answering that question! It sounds like you're basically okay with nursing, and only need to cut out your pumping sessions. In order to wean from pumping, you want to do one of 2 things: 1. Skip a single pumping session every day for several days. When your milk supply has adjusted downwards and you are not uncomfortable in between pump sessions, you can eliminate a second session, wait a few days for supply to adjust, etc. you just repeat the process until all the sessions are gone. 2. Continue to pump the same number of times, but pump for less time at each session. If you usually pump for 20 minutes, pump for 15 instead. Once your body feels okay with 15 minute sessions, take them down to 10, etc. While you are weaning from the pump, you want to be careful. If you get a plugged duct or start feeling symptoms of mastitis, treat those problems with more frequent pumping and nursing, even though that will set you back on your goal. But going slow and being careful will ensure a better weaning process than trying to get the pump weaning process done as soon as possible. Regarding getting your child to drink cow's milk, it is completely normal for a baby to not like to drink it. Luckily, there is no reason to worry if he doesn't, provided his diet contains plenty of other sources of whole milk dairy, like yogurt and cheese, or non-dairy foods which are high in fat and calcium. It's also normal for a baby to resist bottles given by mom. Why drink...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:19 PM
    :D I'm pretty impressed with Emma Pickett. Her blog is very good!
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  • @llli*kaycix's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    This is an old thread but one I came across while I was desperate that my 6 (then 7 then 8) month old did NOT want anything to do with solids! The more my baby didn't want solids, the more I tried to push them on him - it ended up being stressful for both of us. I wish I had just relaxed about it instead of strapping him into his high chair 1-3 times a day when he clearly did NOT want to be there. I was an anxious FT mom and I didn't have faith in him. I should have! When he was ready, he was ready! I documented our transition to solids if it helps anyone: http://supertiredmoms.blogspot.com/2015/07/baby-refuses-solids.html
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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:26 PM
    I actually do not mind nursing at all but pumping has always been very difficult for me. I also am working full-time and am having a hard time keeping up with my work and stopping to pump so I will need to stop the during the day pumping sessions. No worries, not nosey at all!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
    Hmm, the body ache, flu-like symptoms, and fever all suggest mastitis. It's possible that black dot is a healing bleb, and that there was a small crack through which infection entered... Infection which you have apparently beat with frequent nursing. I'd do a warm a salt water slack and some bacitracin. Can't hurt, may help! Oh, and keep an eye on the spot. If it doesn't go away in a few weeks or starts to grow, maybe see your doctor?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    How are you feeling about nursing? Are you wanting to wean because you are not enjoying the nursing experience, or is there some other reason? Sorry if that's nosy- it's just an important factor in what advice we give!
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:18 PM
    Hi Ladies, For past few days am down with flu like symptoms and had taken days off work. So it been basically only nursing, like every 2-3 hours. Apart from discomfort of runny nose, fever and body ache nursing is going fine. But tonight while changing my bra I noticed a tiny black spot on underside of nipple. It seemed like a scab but, without any rawness or discomfort. Its in same spot where I chronically get a bleb, but recently like atleast a week ago was bleb-free. I am flummoxed as how I did not notice it, let alone not felt it during nursing. Can it be because of paracetamol am taking? Now the bigger question, how to treat it? Should I just ignore it as its not hurting and let it go away on its own? Or I should put Bacitracin ointment on it, just as a precaution.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    So glad to see that wieight gain is back on track! Well done, mama!!! FTR, don't expect linear growth with your child. Not now, not ever! My kids are 5 and 9 and I've observed that they tend to grow in spurts- one day I'm looking at them and thinking "Hmm, getting a little chubby there," and a few weeks later they are slender because they have shot up an inch and need all new shoes and pants. And this has been the case since infancy. This sounds like a very reasonable plan. I just want to suggest that you don't wed yourself to it too completely. What seems overwhelming and stressful right now, when you are probably pretty overwhelmed and stressed, might end up being very doable once you are back at the office. One awesome thing about pumping is that it can be relaxing! Not only do you take some time out of the daily grind, but you also give yourself a nice oxytocin boost. No pressure, just a thought!
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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:05 PM
    He will not stop nursing. I would like to stop nursing/pumping for his during the day feedings and just nurse him for his bedtime feeding. He does eat cheeses and yogurt regularly but I was trying to substitute his 2 nap time feedings from breast milk to a bottle of whole milk. He does drink sips from a regular cup but will not drink breast milk or cow's milk from a sippy cup or bottle. He will, however, drink water from sippy cups or bottles. He is eating a regular healthy diet of solid foods too. I'm completely confused on how to approach the weaning process to achieve the above.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    I'm wishy-washy on the thrush possibility. If this was thrush- or at least, exclusively thrush- I'd sort of expect more significant improvement by now. But thrush can be stubborn, and a lot of moms find that the first round of treatment doesn't quite do the trick... I think that at this point, a compression/latch issue is more likely. The baby is still so young and therefore small, and had a tongue tie, and seeing your nips turn white after nursing is just a total vasospasm thing. IMNSHO, if you have any sort of autoimmune diagnosis, it suggests increased likelihood of having other autoimmune conditions. That would mean an elevated risk of this being Raynaud's phenomenon. I don't know if your diagnosis per se would cause the pain you're experiencing, though, nor how one would go about determining whether or not it was. You're kind of straying into the outer limits of medical knowledge, I think!
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  • @llli*nsmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 AM
    Hello everyone, wow lots of passionate answers here. Here's an update on the situation. Baby was weighed again during doctors 4-month visit. Her current weight is 6.2kg. He disregarded the weighing at the other health care provider and based on the weighing taken only with his scale she gained 300g in 9 days, so about 1oz per day. This weight gain was not linear, but it doesn't matter. She's back on track. Also, I believe baby had a growth spurt, she was nursing every 2 hours for about a day, and this has resulted in what I feel like is an increase in supply. At least my breasts feel full faster, and baby is less cranky at the breast. Seeing these improvements has made me feel so much better and relieved. Just to clarify, the 4 nursing per day was a minimum - the plan was to nurse on demand while I am with baby, but making sure it's not less than 4 times per day, and I plan to pump at lunch time and give this to baby the next day. What I am planning is perhaps not the ideal back to work plan, but I found pumping to be stressful and overwhelming, i only want to do it once a day. I know that pumping only this much and giving formula will result in weaning before 12 months, but this is a personal choice. My midwife told me that Being a mom doesn't only mean giving milk, it also means giving love. I felt that the time I was spending pumping and being stressed about pumping was taking away time I could spend playing with my baby and giving her love. I may not be as good of a...
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