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  • @llli*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 AM
    That must have been scary! My DD is 9 months, and we do a mixture of some purees and mostly BLW. She normally does really well with feeding herself, especially with bananas as that was her first food. However , there was one time when she had a cold and congestion, that she gagged repeatedly on her bananas to the point where I had to remove her from her Highchair at least twice so that she could clear her airway - and of course vomit. But ever since the cold and congestion went away, we have not had any more episodes of that.
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 AM
    There's an article on how to pump while driving on exclusivepumping.com: How to Pump Breast Milk and Drive at the Same Time I'm not sure I agree that it can be done safely though. :huh Even if you don't get at all distracted while you're pumping, you could still be in an accident that's someone else's fault, and I suspect that the airbag hitting the pump shields could cause serious injuries.
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  • @llli*anamari's Avatar
    Today, 04:21 AM
    Bueno, a mí me dijeron que mi peke debería dormir en otra habitación desde los 6 meses y es ahí cuando debía empezar el destete... Lo que sí que te aconsejo es que una vez que empieces a darle alimentos sólidos pruebes a que tu hij@ coma de manera saludable y sobre todo alimentos que l nutran. Te explico, si comes alimentos ricos en proteínas y grasas, pero evitas alimentos ricos en carbohidratos verás como tu hija tiene mejor aspecto porque estará nutrida. Muchas personas no nos damos cuenta de lo que comemos, y si nos fijaramos en la etiqueta del producto donde pone valor nutricional nos daríamos cuenta de que la mayoría de las veces estamos comiendo más patata que carne...
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  • @llli*pbnurse's Avatar
    Today, 04:12 AM
    Hey all, My 6wk old has redness around her anus and I'm having a hard time determining if it's something I'm eating or just diaper rash! When she was a week old she had these really big afternoon cries and after googling it to death I convinced myself she had a milk allergy and cut it out. I've really only cut out obvious dairy and have still had some cheese and chocolate. The fussiNess I think was just age related and it has improved. I first noticed the redness a couple weeks ago but pediatrician was dismissive when I brought it up. Said it's from acidic poop and to use penaten. You can only see the rash if you look for it (move her cheeks) so I wasnt keeping super close tabs. Then last week I noticed it seemed worse, some small open spots appeared. I switched to plain water for wiping and the spots went away, but still have the red ring! She has no excema and her poops are yellow and normal. She does seem congested to me sometimes but she's a nose breather (obviously) and it's quite dry here. I feel distressed that I can't get the rash to go away, but she doesn't seem bothered by it at all. Any experience? Is this red ring ALWAYS an allergy? I ate a yogurt the other night and thought she maybe spitting up more than usual but I'm also kind of paranoid! Haha. My Dr said if she had an allergy we would see more symptoms. .help?
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  • @llli*stellazovak's Avatar
    Today, 03:56 AM
    I had to start supplementing with formula for my 3-week old. He's now nearly 4 weeks old. I want to do everything I can not to undermine breastfeeding and to transition back to exclusively breastfeeding as quickly as possible. Any advice? Thank you!
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    He was turning blue? That must have bee so scary! Thank goodness he is OK! I think it is very much recommended that anyone who participates in BLS is up to date on infant CPR. I know I took that class before my son was born and most people that I conversed with here had also done that or did it before introducing solids. And overall I would say that no, choking isn't really part of the process. I think that a lot people mistake gagging for choking. I am not saying YOU did that, but I have seen that happen a bunch. But also I think I would caution you about berries or anything round in general at that young of an age. I don't think we introduced anything like berries or grapes until the year mark. The only thing like that I gave him before the year point was pinto beans and I waited until about 10 months for that and made sure they were soft enough that they would smush up when picked up. At that age I was very specific about having the French Fry shaped pieces of food. And in terms of width I tried to do the with of a third of a banana Or THINNER. So perhaps think in terms of the width of Mcdonalds Fry's?
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    I'm taking it, and as noted by the other poster, stimulation (nursing or pumping) has produced more results, but I'd say it's not hurting anything. All the LCs and MWs I've talked to swore by it, so maybe that's worth something.
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    My daughter just turned 3 weeks today, and BF has been a huge, monumental struggle. She was born 39w3d after we went to the hospital for fetal monitoring since the little wiggle worm didn't seem to be moving around much all of a sudden. She was fine, but after a cervix check, I was in pre-labour and the MW couldn't feel the head. Baby was determined breech via ultrasound, and my dreams of a natural water birth suddenly became c-section. They attempted version initially, but this baby did not budge, and no wonder--she was 8lb11oz! We all landed on the other side of the surgery just fine, and she seemed to understand latching pretty early on. Admittedly, I was not breastfeeding as much as maybe I should have, but she didn't really demand it much either. When she did, she stuck on for a while and did very well, although a few times she fell asleep at the breast as well. However, by the third day in the hospital, she had lost 10% of her weight (was at 7lb13oz) and was dehydrated. One of our nurses was an IBCLC and tried very hard to help us, and determined that maybe we needed to supplement a little because of the dramatic weight loss. I was fine with this, as long as baby was getting fed. However, all of a sudden, breastfeeding became an issue. Baby would not latch, and actively fought my breast, complete with velociraptor-like screeches and pushing me away. The LC/LPN said she has never had to fight with a baby as much as she did with our daughter. :( We tried syringes,...
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    Hi all - we had our first real scare tonight with BLW. :( My son was eating blackberries, and he got one down his wind-pipe (he's normally really good about chewing everything - which is adorable when it's something like soup & him with no teeth !). At any rate, I saw he was choking and tried to sweep his mouth, and could just feel the tip of the blackberry with my finger as it passed. So I grabbed him out of the high chair & did the Heimlich, at which point he coughed up & swallowed the blackberry. Thankfully, of course, everything is fine -- he ate some of Dad's fish shortly thereafter, is breathing fine, happy, etc. So... is choking part of the process (I know gagging and let him work the food around his mouth when that happens, but this was truly choking), or am I neglecting something about introducing solids? The stats: he just turned 7 months. He's been eating solids for ~1.5 months (meaning he wants to participate when there's food; very little of it is consumed). No allergies or aversions. He's 18 lb (was 7.75 lb at birth), plenty of diapers & nothing funky (aside from having a cold at the moment). He nurses plenty during the night & when I'm home, and dad gives him expressed breast milk when I'm at work. Thanks in advance for any insights! I know this process is not going to be without some worry, but I don't know if maybe I was letting him be too adventurous with food.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    I don't have any great pacifier weaning advice, except for the old, standard of "try to get your baby to suck their thumb" instead. I did want to add that different pacifier nipple shapes might stay in better, my daughter cannot keep one in with any sort of slant to it, so we had to find a rounded one (we use the MAM brand, but I'm sure there are others). Also, I discovered the best use of cleavage is to use it to hold clean pacifiers :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! First, I know that recovery from a c-section can be rough. Are you taking good care of yourself and letting others care for you? Feeling okay? Second, questions for you: - What sort of pump do you have and how often are you able to use it? If you can pump enough for supplemental feedings, there's no need for formula. - How is baby receiving supplements- via bottle, SNS, cup, syringe? - How many oz of supplement is baby being given after nursing? - Is baby jaundiced at all?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    :ita Excellent advice from MaddieB and Bfwmomof3.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:51 PM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the possible pregnancy! The most important thing to look out for when you're pregnant and nursing a young baby is a decrease in supply. A majority of women who become pregnant while nursing will lose some or even all supply. If this happens to you, you can continue to nurse but will need to supplement with formula until your baby is around a year. Choose a commercial formula; this is the one area in which the processed product is a healthier choice than something you make at home. The other thing to watch for is negativity from your healthcare providers. A lot of obstetricians and even some midwives will tell you that nursing is contraindicated during pregnancy- that it can harm the fetus or cause preterm labor. This is money hypothetically true for some women, those with a history of miscarriage or preterm labor. Aside from those two things, just stay healthy and eat enough- you're eating for 3!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    There's actually breast tissue extending into the armpit area- it's called the Tail of Spence. So you could certainly be feeling milk moving through that area. Is it connected to the recent bout of mastitis/plugged duct? Maybe. It's common for there to be residual soreness following mastitis/plugs. It's more likely if the plug was in that area. Are you wearing an underwire or not well-fitting bra? Underwires are notorious for causing plugs, and the end of the underwire pokes right up against the Tail of Spence...
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    You mentioned that she chews on the nipple, is she getting any milk that way? When my baby was having these issues she did this to the nipples and we made it fun by putting her in her bouncy seat and playing while feeding. She eventually started drinking more than playing, then 1 week later she was good with the bottle. I will say that when we did this my daughter was only 3 months old, it could be different for an 8 month old...
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  • @llli*virginiamom14's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Hello Toastedpea, Congratulations on making it nine months! I am only at about 5.5 months right now so nine months seems so far off! I have the same problem as you. During my last period, I eat a lot of oatmeal and spinach and that seemed to help my supply. It still dipped but not nearly as much as before. You also mentioned having an overall drop. I've struggled with that too. So far I've power pumped once a month to help bring my supply back as it begins to dip. It's annoying for those few days to have to do extra pumping but it makes the rest of the month a lot less stressful. Good luck!
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  • @llli*lazb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    Hello, this is my first post. I have an 11 week old daughter and just tested positive for a new pregnancy yesterday. The line is light, and I'm hoping its viable, even though we weren't trying, we would be happy to welcome a new baby. I am ebf, so pretty surprising that I'm pregnant, especially with fertility issues in the past. Any suggestions for things I need to do or watch out for since I want to continue nursing my newborn?
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    Thanks everyone! I'll check into it this week and figure out if we can rent one. I'll message you, film mommy, if I need to look into the same place you found. :-)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:50 PM
    Aside from supplementing with your own milk, which is a good idea, you could try these ideas for getting more milk into baby at the breast: Encourage more frequent nursing, offer both sides each time, and try breast compressions. I also suggest keeping a precise log of intake frequency, how much is supplemented, and output- particular poops. Also, for a sleepy baby, sometimes having the little bit of expressed milk or formula before nursing gives them the shot of energy to be more efficient when nursing. I understand not wanting to supplement with formula. I do want to assure you that if you did need to do so, it does not mean the end of breastfeeding as long as you protect your milk production and figure out what the problem is. this might just be a temporary situation until is figured out why baby is not getting enough at the breast to gain. Baby not gaining is a good reason to see an IBCLC if that is possible, she can help you troubleshoot if it is a problem of milk transfer or low milk production. If you and she figure out baby is getting enough milk but still not gaining, that is important info for your doctor. Poor gain or weight loss is not always about underfeeding.
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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    I don't know how to stop the scratching or grabbing. I think it's normal at this age. But two things sometimes work for our daughter: constant nail clipping so she won't scratch herself. If I'm getting scratched while nursing, I know it's time to clip so she won't hurt herself. It was easier when I wasn't working to keep track of that, but I'd say her nails need clipped at least every other day. Gloves don't work, I agree. If you want something to cover her hands, the only thing I've found to work for that is the long sleeves that have the fold so you can flip the fabric over their hands, sort of like fold over mittens. They don't fall off bc they are sewn onto the clothing itself. They usually only have it on newborn onesies, so you'd have to sew some on her clothing now, I would think, but if you are crafty, that shouldn't be too difficult. And hopefully you wouldn't have to do it for too long, just long enough to eliminate the scratching and rubbing.
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  • @llli*cupcakemama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:34 PM
    Thanks for your suggestion, I'll definitely look into that. However, I don't think its a matter of her wanting to be wrapped up for a womb like feeling, but more like she has gotten into a bad habit of rubbing and scratching herself. She fell asleep in my arms with me walking her unswaddled and nursing but I was gently holding her open arm down. We've tried that at night before but I just can't hold her arms down all night.
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  • @llli*renajeanb2b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:09 PM
    She was weighed on the same scale with a clean diaper on both times, and she did not have a BM on day 8 and 15. I have not seen a lactation consultant at this time, The latch does not hurt but is sometimes tight lipped so I re-latch, I can hear her sucking and swallowing when feeding (she seams to get a better flow on the left). I wake her to nurse most of the time because she sleeps so much, if I did not wake her, her feedings would be more spaced apart. The Dr. has not considered any other causes of weight loss. I do not want to supplement with formula, I have started to pump after each feeding so I can have extra BM on hand.
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  • @llli*songstress1212's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    My little girl was born via emergency c-section. I was able to try breastfeeding about an hour after the surgery and she latched on immediately. I was trying to EBF while in the hospital but the last night before I was supposed to go home, the pediatrician came in and said she lost 10 percent and was dehydrated with hgh sodium levels. They took her to get IV fluids. I continued to go visit her and breastfeed every 2 hours but they convinced me to supplement her to get her weight back up. I gave her a small amount after every breastfeeding. The next day, my milk came in and I pumped some to bring to her. I breastfed her that day and then gave her what I pumped. They cleared her to go home and I continued to breastfeed and supplement a little. The next day we took her to the pediatrician and she gained back her weight so that made us very happy. I went home and started to wean her from the supplement. A few days later we went back to weigh her and she lost 2 ounces. My husband was freaked out and he insisted we supplement again. Since supplementing, I dont feel like my little one's suck is what it used to be when she feeds with me. And every supplementation shes eating more and more which I think is ruining my breastfeeding chances. I havent had much support from my husband because he was panicked about her weight loss and insists on formula regularly. I know he's concerned about her but I think if I was able to stick with breastfeeding like I wanted to it could have worked...
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 AM
    Was she weighed on the same scale at the one- and two-week visits, and naked both times? You mention two days of not having a BM - when were those two days? How does baby's latch feel? Has she been checked for tongue tie, lip tie, anything that may be causing problems with milk transfer? Have you seen a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC? Has doctor considered any other possible causes of weight loss? The one thing that sticks out to me is that nursing every 2-3 hours is not that frequent for a newborn. It does not hurt to offer sooner (for example, even every hour to 1.5 hours). Sometimes babies are sleepy in the first several weeks and not that demanding. IF supplementation is needed, why not supplement with expressed breast milk, rather than formula? Keep in mind that cluster feeding is normal, particularly in the evening. Letting baby nurse and nurse builds your supply. However, if you are going to supplement, using your own milk and a syringe is a good way to go.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 AM
    Not sure where in NOVA you are but I rented a pump from an IBCLC in Nokesville or Catlett or somewhere in that area. It was a bit cheaper than the local hospital. If you're near there let me know off-list and I'll send her info. I think I paid $65 a month.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 AM
    I think that's only true if you have medical-grade high-calorie formula, not the stuff you buy in the store which is the same as breastmilk (after all, formula makers design the stuff to be as similar as possible to breastmilk - I always find it somewhat ironic that they actually advertise based on that). I agree, can't hurt to try the hospital-grade pump.
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  • @llli*renajeanb2b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:52 AM
    My sweet little Emma was born 4/10 weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces, she was 7 pounds 9 ounces when she was discharged from the hospital. Emma nurses every 2-3 hours 15-20 min at each breast ( sometimes more), she sleeps about four hours at night. Occasionally she has cluster feedings at night which is the only time she seams not satisfied so I give 1 ounce BM in a syringe at the breast extra. Emma has anywhere between 6-10 wet diapers a day and 1-4 BM a day, she has only had two days since birth with no BM. When she had her 1 week check up she weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and at her 2 week check up this Friday she had lost weight and now weighs 8 pounds. The doctor wants me to begin formula supplementation so she gains weight. I never had any issues BF my son who is now 4, and I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am making sure to eat 3 meals a day and snacks and drinking plenty of fluids. When I pump after a feeding I get any where between 1/4 ounce to 1 ounce BM expressed. She does not seam hungry. Does anyone have any ideas? :confused:
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