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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    Hi. Just to be clear, your baby is now 6 months old, correct? You say 6 week checkup but I know from your history baby is older than that! If baby is 6 months old, I am not sure what the concern is. "Drops" in percentile as well as "jumps" in percentile for both weight and height growth are common and usually entirely normal. Did your pediatrician express concern about your baby's gain? It would help to know how often overall baby nurses. A 6 month old baby is (hopefully) still getting all of their nutrition from breastmilk, even if the introduction to solids has begun. So most 6 month olds will still nurse (or have a bottle) 8-12 times in 24 hours. Since most foods do not contain as much fat and calories as breastmilk, it is probably not a good idea to encourage more of these in order to increase weight gain. Because what actually happens in that case is a baby fills up on the solids and not nurse as much, or not nurse as productively, or not take as much in the bottle, exacerbating slow gain rather than fixing the problem. If the problem really is low milk production, then high fat, high cal foods might make sense. But nothing is as nutritionally complete as breastmilk, and I do not think it is at all clear that there is anything wrong with your milk production. However if baby nurses less due to being fed solids more, that will eventually harm production. This is why the intro to solids is considered a dangerous time for milk production. expressing 3...
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Today, 09:40 AM
    My LO is just over 6 months and up until last week I wasn't working not was she taking a bottle, so I was breastfeeding exclusively. I did pump every so often and have had a few clogged ducts and a small case of mastitis, so I do have a descent freezer stash (20+ 3-4 oz bags). Now that I'm back to work Dad has been giving her a sippy cup after 3 hours to which she only drinks about 1.5 oz. He then brings her to me 3.5 hours later to breastfeed before bed. We had her 6 week checkup on Monday and she dropped from the 25th percentile to the 15th. I've only been back to work for a week so obviously this lack of weight increase isn't because of our new schedule. I am, however, concerned now with her being apart from me that her weight may continue to struggle. I continue to feed on demand and keep it to 3 hours and no more if I can help it (if she's napping I won't wake her). She's getting more cereal and solids to help with the weight. I'm mostly concerned with my pumping. I feel like it's very inconsistent and the only time I get a descent amount is if I go 5-6 hours. When I pump at work it's usually around 4-5 hours from the last breastfeeding and I'll get 1.5 ounces on each side. That doesn't seem like a lot to me at all. Does this mean that's all my LO is getting when she eats? Could this be the issue of her weight gain problems? Am I not producing enough for her? I eat lactation smoothies almost every day and whenever LO is done eating if I squeeze my breast milk comes...
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    Today, 06:49 AM
    Hi all, From couple of weeks whenever my son nurses, I expirence a very strong aversion to it. I feel maybe it is my supply dipping or his latch altering, that is making my skin crawl, also want to run away from him. This used to happen sporadically when I was PMSing, now have become a regular thing. This is worst at.bedtime feeds when he switched sides for 100 times before finally conking off. Sometimes he comes away saying milk is over and I have to.rock.him to sleep. My.super busy day and really long winding bedtime does not gel well.leaving me very irritable, which normally am not. Morning feeds r worst as.he refuses to.unlatch. I have tried setting limits, boundaries by counting, singing which absolutely don't work. I wish there were more pleasant and amicable ways to end his nursing sessions,but am at loss to find them. I have always wanted him.to self wean. But this unpleasantness is not healthy for me or him. I wish he learns to sleep and get up without milk.Can you give me strategies to make this work??
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  • @llli*cerrajero02's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 AM
    Thanks for your article.
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 AM
    Thanks for responding! Today i used the 30mm and it wasn't painful and no red ring. Maybe bec I put coconut oil on. Is that normal to have to do that? I think the red ring is from friction when it happens; i never have the suction on high enough to cause a ring int hat way, since i'm very sensitive to over-suctioning! I never go above 4 on the Medela. So the point is; don't angst about whether too much areola is going in the tube, and just think about how I feel? I wish I could post a photo or video so you could evaluate.... IN any case thanks so much for the advice!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    So baby is now, 4 months old, and in a couple months, you will be home for a couple months and can nurse your baby instead of pumping/bottles, and then she will not be going to daycare until she is about 9 months old? If I have the timeline right, I guess I am not understanding how starting solids "early" will help? I agree with djsmom. If you want to use real foods, not pureed, very liquidy baby foods, wait a bit to get to the time babies are typically ready for the introduction of solids, which is usually around 6 months old but may be considerably later for some babies. Also be prepared for your child to not take in anything significant as far as solids for many months. How much a child will eat as far as solids varies tremendously, and it is unpredictable. In any case, the recommendation is that a child's primary nutrition for the first year is breastmilk or formula. Primary in this case means approaching 100%, not a simple majority. Of course again, this will vary baby to baby. I also liked the baby led solids book, (called baby led weaning) I did not read it until our third baby and solid introduction certainly went smoothest with her. Another very good book that takes a fascinating look at the overall subject of food intake, growth and health in babies and young children is My Child Won't Eat. Here is a pretty good article about readiness. I will also say, my middle child had all the readiness signs before 6 months, and even so, and even though we...
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    Your 4 month old can sit unassisted? Because that is one of the KEY signs of readiness. And there is a book about Baby Led solids. Which is a method that feeds only whole real foods. But I would NOT try to up the timeline on when you start feeding your EBF baby solids. 4month olds for the most part are NOT ready and just because she waits for you doesn't mean she isn't getting enough to eat.
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  • @llli*sarahfv's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:58 AM
    Hi all. My 4 month old is a snacker- she nurses every 1-2 hours during the day. She will empty one side in 5 minutes and be done. She is also a bottle hater and has given my stay at home husband a hard time for the last 6 weeks I've been back at work. We will both be off work for the summer but starting in September baby will go to daycare with a stay-at-home mom. I want that to go as smoothly as possible, so I have some questions about starting solids.. Should we start earlier than the recommended 6 months since we've had these issues and baby isn't getting enough to eat when I'm working? She displays all the readiness signs. Do you have a recommended book for introducing solids? We'd like to use real foods, not the baby food in jars.
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