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  • @llli*rachellemarie's Avatar
    Today, 11:15 AM
    I'm not sure what gain is expected--I haven't talked to LC in a long time, and the dr was happy with his weight at his 4 month checkup but didn't say anything about what to expect going forward. Somewhere between 3 and 4 months old he went down from about an ounce a day to about .75 ounce a day. At this point I am looking for at least half an ounce a day; one thing I have read said 4-5 ounces a week between 4 and 6 months. He still has almost 1.5 pounds to go to double his birth weight so I think he is still catching up and I think it would be better to stay on the higher side if possible. I know that gain can ebb and flow a little bit and every other day weight checks is a bit of overkill (we started when I was trying to reduce supplement and wanted to catch problems as soon as possible, then we just kind of got in the habit), however we have been doing it that way for several months and never had plateaus or loss like this before. If I average the last month it is about a third of an ounce per day. Baby nurses probably 8-10 times a day. Typically once overnight (although he was a little more unsettled at times over the last week or two and had some extra early morning snacks), 6 times during the day when I nurse, supplement, and pump, and then a couple additional feedings during the day without a supplement--to nurse him to sleep, to hold him over if I am about to eat or we are going somewhere, etc. Of course over the last few days things have been different as we...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:46 AM
    I think it makes the most sense to plan to pump once while you are at work. If you come back to work with this understanding, then you can always stop taking this pump session later if you find it is not needed. If you come back and are not taking a pump break, and find yourself getting full while you are at work, and later want to add a pump break, that may be be more difficult. If you cannot pump, not even in your car on a regular break, then I would suggest pay close attention to how you feel while at work. Regular milk removal is vital not only for your milk production, but for your immediate health. If you begin to feel full at work, that possibly could lead to plugs or even mastitis- a breast infection that will make you feel very ill and unable to work for a couple days at least. So to protect your health, if you cannot pump, you may need to find a way to hand express during your work day to relieve the pressure. This could be done during a visit to the restroom. You might find it impossible to save the expressed milk, but that is entirely secondary. What is most important is relieving that pressure. I would also suggest, if you are not pumping while at work, encourage baby to nurse a little more often while you are at home for a while at least. This will help to offset any possible issues with milk production. Now, some moms of 4 month olds can go 5 hours without pumping or nursing or hand expressing once a day with no issues at all. Others are going to...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Hi Rachelmarie. Weight loss does seem strange in this scenario. I would say it sounds like it could be scale error, yet if you have checked your scale to your satisfaction it is clearly not that. You are correct output sounds entirely normal and if that remained unchanged, again, that would not fit with weight loss. What are the current expectations about gain-yours, the doctors, the LC? As a baby gets older and bigger, gain rate slows, especially after 3-4 months there is a noticeable drop in gain rate, normally. Also gain is never steady- such and such ounces per day. Gain is always to some degree in fits and starts. In other words, in an otherwise healthy 5 month old baby with normal overall gain, a week or more of a weight gain plateau would usually be entirely normal. At least that is my understanding. Would a small amount of loss here and there also possibly be normal? I am not sure. But we have to remember that gain expectations (based on growth charts) are not based on daily or even weekly weight checks. What the charts show is the average normal gain over several months. IMO, that possibly leaves room for not only plateaus but small amounts of loss, possibly. You mention how much baby is getting supplemented, but not how often baby is nursing? And do you have any idea what they expect baby to eat every day? 20 ounces is a very large amount of supplement, since the average total intake is 25-35 ounces per day. So pumping output is back to normal? I...
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    Today, 09:19 AM
    I am returning back to work but only part time. I don't have a schedule yet but I plan only working 5 hours max in a shift. I have a 4 month old who eats about every 3 to 4 hours or so. I plan on pumping or feeding baby before leaving to work to empty out. What advice would you give about pumping? Would I need to pump or could I wait till I get home. My job is about 10 mins away from home with traffic. Thank you in advance!
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  • @llli*ogomez0728's Avatar
    Today, 09:10 AM
    I am returning back to work but only part time. I don't have a schedule yet but I plan only working 5 hours max in a shift. I have a 4 month old who eats about every 3 to 4 hours or so. I plan on pumping or feeding baby before leaving to work to empty out. What advice would you give about pumping? Would I need to pump or could I wait till I get home. My job is about 10 mins away from home with traffic. Thank you in advance!
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  • @llli*rachellemarie's Avatar
    Today, 08:36 AM
    Hi y'all! TLDR: My baby's lost 3 oz in the last three days despite feeding whenever hungry, increasing supplement, being content after feedings, having heavy wet diapers every few hours and big poops every other day (his normal), sleeping normally, etc. What is going on? Long version: Poor weight gain at first despite working with LC to increase intake and pumping. Began supplementing with formula at 1 month and quickly started gaining. We've been supplementing ever since (and still pumping 6-7 times most days), using a Lactaid for the past few months. Supplement was steady at 12 oz per day, 3-4 of that my pumped milk, with good gain. He is 5 months old today. Then a week ago we had almost a week with no gain and fussier behavior at the breast when I wasn't using the Lactaid (we weight him every other day). Near the end of that I had a day when my pumping output dropped, but it went back up the next. We upped the supplement from 2 oz at a time to 2.5 oz at a time and added an extra supplemented feed on the days when he ate frequently enough to fit it in. Gain picked back up, 2.4 oz in four days. Then on Saturday my pumping output dropped again. I didn't stress too much because it had gone back up before. On Sunday it dropped even more and he ate much more frequently--9 supplemented feeds vs. 6 or 7, for a total of 21.5 oz of supplement that day (he left an ounce behind in one of them). So I was already planning to bump the supplements up to 3 ounces each for...
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  • @llli*scorpiobaby's Avatar
    Today, 08:16 AM
    I have become dependent on brewer's yeast to maintain production and I want to make sure it's safe. The sources I've read say it's passed into breastmilk, and safe but can cause irritability. It does not cause yeast infections because it is a healthy yeast, but should be avoided if one is prone to having them. My daughter hasn't had any visible symptoms but since babies often get yeast infections, I am worried that the brewer's yeast could contribute to problems in the future. Am I stressing too much about this or is it a legitimate concern?
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  • @llli*scorpiobaby's Avatar
    Today, 08:14 AM
    I have become dependent on brewer's yeast to maintain production and I want to make sure it's safe. The sources I've read say it's passed into breastmilk, and safe but can cause irritability. It does not cause yeast infections because it is a healthy yeast, but should be avoided if one is prone to having them. My daughter hasn't had any visible symptoms but since babies often get yeast infections, I am worried that the brewer's yeast could contribute to problems in the future. Am I stressing too much about this or is it a legitimate concern?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    This is early for a child to be ok with sleeping alone in their own room. Not saying it is not possible, just saying, I really do not know any gentle tips (not involving cry it out) to make that happen. So my suggestion would be to get a bigger bed, and/or try having baby sleeping on their own sleep surface IN your room, at least to start. If you want the bed back for something other than sleep, what worked best for my husband and I was to make use of other parts of the house. A good book with several ideas for lengthening a child's sleep whether continuing to bedshare or not is The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. I like that it is mostly tips and not step by step rules.
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  • @llli*babyfirefly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    Alright, two birds one stone, I'm trying to night wean my cosleeping ten month old. He barely ever slept alone. Came permanently into our bed at around four months old, for my sanity. I can deal with a couple feedings at night, just as long as he starts sleeping in his own crib and own room. My husband and I need to spread out and we're ready to have our bed back! Lol. I'm not asking for a solution, but maybe just some tips? I have no clue where to start. I don't want to break my babys heart. :(
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:43 PM
    Great news! :cheer
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    :ita The way to get supply back is always the same: remove more milk more often, and your body will make more milk and make it faster. So nurse the baby every single chance you get, and pump as often as you can when you're at work! And if you can pump in addition to nursing when you're home with baby, awesome.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:28 PM
    I am sorry you have been ill, a stomach bug is no fun. No, this is incorrect. Milk production may take a temporary hit when a mom is ill, especially if that illness includes mom becoming dehydrated. But in the normal course of things, any decrease in production would be minor and temporary, and not usually even enough to require supplementation for baby. What is probably hurting your milk production at this point is that you are not removing milk from the breasts frequently and did not do so while you were ill. Not removing milk from the breasts frequently quickly tells a mom's body that it no longer needs to make milk. So, to tell your body to make milk, it is vital to increase the frequency that milk is removed to normal levels. This would usually be about 8 times a 24 hour day minimum. I would suggest encouraging baby to nurse as often as baby will, and when you are at work, pump every 3 hours or so if possible. If baby will not nurse very frequently, it is possible baby is being over supplemented with whatever you are feeding baby at this point. You could also pump when home if needed. If baby is sleeping long periods at night (more than 5 or 6 hours regularly) this would be a very good time to encourage more nursing even overnight. Normal hydration is vital for normal milk production. So keep working on rehydrating your body. You are still recovering from a severe illness, so get as much rest and easy to digest, nourishing food into you as possible.
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