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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM
    don't worry, I'm not going to yank the baby off the breast according to the clock if he is actively feeding. I'm taking the instruction more as a guide to encourage active feeding to take place earlier on and to switch or go pump when he is simply napping on the breast. And he does still get some times to take longer since I will leave him sleep nursing while I finish eating or I'll let him latch on to sleep when I come back to bed after pumping.
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  • @llli*ziwa's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    Thanks so much for the responses girls!! It's so nice to have a breastfeeding community to learn, get new ideas and hear other points of view. I would never dare discuss any issues outside this forum, knowing how people around us feel about our parenting style, so this is lovely! Because of my husband, who helps me wherever possible, the disturbed nights are still doable. Tiresome, but hopefully we can stick it out. I feel confident and patient with DS during the day, but mainly because DS is relatively easy going! Without patience I'd have a problem, as it seems to be the reason why he does things he doesn't want initially, like saying bye to a toy before bed time, or to the exciting escalator when leaving the mall, or walking over and sitting on the changing mat for a diaper change, just because of giving him some time to accept it - it works like magic for him! This might not last, but we're enjoying it while it works! So if my patience does go out the door (I hope not!!) we really would need a plan B... (the no cry sleep solution book?) Iron deficiency in our pale-skinned toddler is indeed my worry and I might have to pay more attention to iron intake myself. Our GP provided a referral letter, but she wasn't too worried, seeing that DS is also fair haired and blue eyed. But it is great to hear minimum solids intake at this age does not necessarily mean iron deficiency! Someone suggested giving DS probiotics to help with absorption of nutrients and iron - would...
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  • @llli*carm3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    I've never heard of any such rule - I can't imagine how complicated that would make life! The only thing I've heard that is remotely close to that is that they try to match the nursling's age for donor milk to the age of the recipient baby, but even that isn't a hard and fast rule from what I've read.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    I think part of it is that baby tends to sleep on the breast if I let him, if I wait for him to detach I may never get time to pump or do anything else. When he is not actively feeding I'm probably not getting the stimulation needed to increase the milk hence why he gets sleepy because there isn't enough coming out.
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  • @llli*anneika's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    I have an amazing 12 week old son. He has fantastic weight and height growth and I know I have a plentiful milk supply (I can pump 5oz of milk after he feeds). My problem is that for the past 12 weeks I nurse him at least every two hours on a good night. Only twice has he slept for a four hour stretch. Needless to say I'm exhausted! I certainly don't want to change his behavior since I strongly believe he know exactly what he needs so I should always follow his cues. I'm looking for advice or recommendations for how I can better tolerate the interrupted sleep or if anyone has had a similar situation and how they handled it and when this stage ended for them. Thank you!
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  • @llli*xiaoshira's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    I read somewhere that you're supposed to give baby what you pumped at that time of day... How big a deal is this? I am struggling to pump enough as it is by adding night sessions, let alone try to control for this - and my freezer stash... if I even logged it, I still won't be able to really control that so much!
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Not sure I'd wake the baby... (trying not to be jealous at a baby that sleeps that long!) I could be wrong tho; I haven't gone through this. Did you manage to check out paced feeding (if your husband is willing to potentially change the way he bottle feeds)? http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ - yes it's kellymom so you've probably already read it! The other thing I thought was I appreciate you work full time but is it possible to 'work' on your breastfeeding on your days off or in the evening before that night time stretch and/or first thing in the morning? Am just kinda thinking out loud at you in case it helps!
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  • @llli*rebekahb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    I know...I feel your pain. It's hard for me to get him to nurse when it's not before sleeping. He just pulls away and screams...whether after a full bottle, no bottles, or anything in between.
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  • @llli*rebekahb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    I think I've read just about everything on Kellymom. :) It's difficult because my husband takes care of him while I work and he thinks he knows it all! GOD BLESS HIM!
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  • @llli*rebekahb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    You heard right. I work full-time so it's much harder to work at this now. :( So you're suggesting I try to get him up in the middle of the night to nurse?
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  • @llli*fshah's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    Hi lllimeg, I read the section Breastfeeding without conflict from the book my child won't eat. It is indeed quite true on many occasions for me for both my LOs. It made me think of a face my son makes & a typical sound which I interpret as,"lady, I told you I am not hungry"!!! :) So he clearly communicates & I understand it as well. And yet there are times I see him dive for the nipple as soon as I put him on the boppy to only unlatch the very second. I do think I need to pay more attention & decode what he really wants and more importantly follow my instinct. I am very grateful though for your insight, as it made me more relaxed about how much he is eating. If he is hungry he will eat! As far as burping is concerned, I wish both my LOs were like yours! My DS will wake up for a burp 10-15 after I put him in his crib even in night after the feed and when he might have already burped once. There have been times when he has woken up 1-2 hours after the feed for a burp. Again, I have stopped worrying about it too much, at least for now :) Thanks!
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  • @llli*newmomma22813's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    Congrats momma!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    So Great you now have a better pump. Hopefully that will help with both pain and pump output. If you think limiting time at the breast will help. ok. personally I would suggest give it a few days to see how things go now that you have the right kind of pump before throwing limiting time at the breast into the mix. You have gotten to the point of almost zero supplement by letting baby nurse a lot. The less supplement baby needs, the less mom needs to pump! If you want to try the limiting, maybe try on alternating feeds or daytime only or something, rather than on every session. Sorry if I am overstepping, there may be a good reason for doing this I am not clear on. I just get very concerned when moms are told to limit baby's time at the breast.
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  • @llli*adria.parkinson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:59 PM
    I have made it to a year breastfeeding my daughter and other than starting solids at 6 months breast milk is all she has had. I have also made it through pumping while working full time. I believe I have made it this far because of my determination, a daughter who loves her "nummies", a wonderful husband, a great support system at home and this forum!! I have been lurking for a long time (almost a year) but have only posted twice in response to questions about types of pumps. I have come here many times in the past year thinking I was going to post looking for help but never needed to because someone else was always on here with the same question or problem. I started breastfeeding with the mind set that I would like to make a year but I would do the best I could...no pressure on myself. Well, I soon fell in love with breastfeeding and the bond and closeness it has created with my daughter. I know my breastfeeding experience was easier than some but any time I hit a bump in the road with nursing, pumping or sleeping (or not sleeping :)) I came here and found answers and sometimes I found a much needed laugh! So, I come here today to say thank you all for sharing your stories, for giving advise to others that I than borrowed and thank you for creating this community of woman who love to breastfeed and support each other in this journey. Thank you! I hope I will be breastfeeding for another year...and I hope to be done with pumping soon (and again thanks to the advice I...
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    I recently had terrible nipple soreness with my 20 month old. It was pretty much on one side. I ignored it and hoped it would go away! Big mistake, I ended up with mastitis. I finally figured out there was a plug as well. I got treatment for the infection and worked out the plug with massage and different nursing positions (the laying baby on the floor and leaning over her seemed to help, but I had to deal with having my toddler looking very confused for a minute.) What I never figured out is, what caused the nipple soreness/poor latch, which clearly led to the plug etc? My guess is teething pain made her nurse wonky for a bit. (After I was on the mend she began showing clear sings of teething pain, gnawing on fingers, drooling) Basically nipple soreness at this age has the same possible causes as nipple soreness anytime- thrush, off latch, poor positioning, maybe a nipple injury (bruising as well as broken skin) that has not healed?
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    A nutritionist sounds like a great idea. There are plenty of natural vegan sources of iron - spinach or beets, for example, but it might be harder to get baby to eat those. An iron supplement is probably a good idea. I just hate how much rice cereal most children are given. It is just empty carbohydrates with no nutritional value except for what is added artificially. And like Mommal said it fills up baby's tummy so they nurse less.
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  • @llli*ajb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    The first time I posted here I was having a latch issue. Since then, and for the past month and a half my little one has really improved his latch. I haven't seen lipstick nipple really since about when I posted! And, as a result, he nurses much quicker. It concerned me for a while, because I was thinking that he couldn't possibly be getting enough. But he seemed happy enough, and appears to be gaining weight. Lots of poopy and wet diapers, so that's always a good sign. And an overall great disposition. Just as everything was going swimmingly, and we were getting into a good groove with sleep as well, I felt a few lumps in my breast on Sunday night. In the middle of the night on Sunday I woke up in a lot of pain and had to pump before my little guy had woken up (I wanted to enjoy that good sleep he was getting too!). When I woke up in the morning on Monday, the lumps were bigger and I had 100.1 fever. This indicated to me either severe case of plugged ducts or mild mastitis. I've never had an oversupply issue, and my baby's latch is great. The only cause I can think of is probably his sleeping 6 hr stretches a night. In any case, I attacked the problem with advil, hot compress, hot shower, comb trick from kellymom, lots and lots of nursing, and by this morning I felt pretty good. If I still had a fever today I would have gone to doctor to get antibiotics, but I see no need. Haven't had a fever since yesterday morning. I worked the remaining lumps out in the...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:35 PM
    Got the Rental Pump (Medela Symphony) Hospital Lactation consultant recommended pumping for at least 15 minutes after each feeding (make sure it doesn't hurt, don't turn it up beyond comfort.) She also recommended limiting his feedings to only 15 minutes per side to a, give me time to pump and b, get more stimulation especially if he is just flutter sucking for comfort in his sleep instead of actively feeding.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:23 PM
    how best to restore bruised boobies to pain free health? I have the Rental pump (Medela Symphony), I currently need to use it at an incredibly low setting because my breasts are already soo tender from the abuse of the other pump before I knew it really shouldn't be hurting. So what are some strategies to heal while also increasing my supply pumping after each feeding?
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    A baby isn't going to need/want a breast after 5oz! As Sonogirl said see if you can finish feeds on the breast. I would say night time feeds might be a good place to start but if your lo is sleeping 10 hours then there isn't any chance (tho the sleep must be welcome!) Taking time to do regular skin to skin, nursing when tired and generally keeping baby acquainted with your breasts will help encourage feeding. Check out kellymom too. http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:47 PM
    Good point. I'm going to hang my hopes on this & plan on getting a few more hours of sleep soon. Thanks :) Eta: yesterday I came down w a cold, so maybe she wasn't feeling so great either. And I've given up on having her nap anywhere by my arms for a few days. We can both use the down time.
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:46 PM
    Wellllll...we're vegan around here. I'm working on a new pediatrician, though I have some specific criteria that have been hard to find. I do feel like there's some expertise about nutrition that I'd like to tap into (e.g. I didn't know that about iron stores being laid down to a greater degree in the final month of gestation), but I don't trust that our pediatrician has that expertise. And why would she? They don't get much training on nutrition in med school. Maybe I should seek out a nutritionist who knows about breastfed babies and veganism. I don't feel like it's rocket science, but veganism also isn't mainstream obviously so I want to make sure we're doing it right when she starts to get a significant portion of her calories from food other than breastmilk. We've got time...
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  • @llli*garsmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:06 PM
    :lol that sounds like me at this point though my libido is starting to creep back in at 19 months pp!
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    I'm wondering about thrush too. But also, I definitely have months when nursing becomes quite painful around the time of ovulation - for whatever reason this phenomenon became a lot more pronounced after my baby turned one (she is now two).
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    Sorry to hear your LO had such a rough start... I hope things are going better now. I guess I am still wondering, though, since baby is still latching (which is great!), and you do want to maintain a nursing relationship, would it be an option to nurse her a bit more, even if primarily formula feeding? For example, at times when it's convenient to have the nursing tool in your toolbox - putting baby down for naps, or when the evening fussies hit? I agree with LLLMeg, it's going to be hard to predict in your particular case whether you are going to be able to maintain your milk supply nursing once/day (and as she also points out, baby may want to continue nursing whether there is a little or a lot of milk there), but your chances of maintaining the nursing relationship will increase if you nurse more frequently, and if you aren't doing the whole pumping and feeding routine, or worrying about supply, a little more nursing might not be too much of a burden, and could be helpful at times when baby is in need of soothing. Just a thought... If you do decide to continue with just once a day, of course, that is still great for you and baby.
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  • @llli*fezlie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    Physically impossible that I would be preggers-- unless you believe in immaculate conception. I don't get yeast infections often, but usually know it beyond a shadow of a doubt. No itching or anything like that. I feel perfectly healthy too...
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  • @llli*karrieperry's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:24 PM
    Night weaning will likely do nothing in terms of having him eat solids. And honestly, my daughter was not iron deficient at her last checkup, in spite of the fact that she really didn't eat any food at all! I mean, she had like 20 cheerios sometimes and raisins, but she didn't eat meat or even beans and pretty much ate a bite or two of any protein food until a month ago (she is 16 months). So a BF baby/toddler might not need hardly any iron rich foods depending on the baby and the mom. I am not deficient and I go to great lengths to make sure I eat tons of iron and I take an iron vitamin on top of that. It was very cute, one day she just woke up and decided to eat (measurable amounts that I actually could notice), like clearing her plate and asking for more. This was about a month or two ago. It was like a switch went off and she loved food consistently. Even meat, ground lamb, beef, ham, etc. Loves lentils, rice, quinoa now. My point is that solids is a very individual thing. I do promise that someday your child will eat food vs nurse, but when that will be is in his own body clock. And to address the stress part of the night nursing, it sounds like you son is either very uncomfortable at night (teething, illness, bed is uncomfortable, too hot/too cold, diaper is uncomfortable, or he's legitimately hungry) OR he just plain does not now how to fall asleep himself or comfort himself OR both of those things are going on. I would start by being a detective and really...
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  • @llli*avesnovuelan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Ug, iron fortified cereal? No thanks. Baby led weaning and if she needs more iron give her meat. That's what I would do. Agree with Mommal, either ignore the advice you disagree with or find a new ped.
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