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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    My boy is 2 weeks old and 7.7 lbs. A lot of the time will not open his mouth wide enough for me to get proper latch esp at night. He gets frustrated and wiggles so it's hard to hold position and I get sweaty and exhausted- it's a mess! I find myself going with a bad latch just out of desperation. I have large breasts and have to use sandwich. I try touching his lip/nose with my nipple and tilting his head back...I end up having to wait for a scream to try to get a good latch. I start to feel hopeless and helpless wanting to pump but ideally I'd like to figure this out.
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  • @llli*amnetto60's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 PM
    My daughter just turned 4 weeks yesterday and most days all she wants to do is nurse...honestly she'll spend most of the day going from boob to boob. She'll take. An jour + nap in the morning and minimal naps throughout the day, meaning 15-20 minutes here and there. I know she's gaining weight, making regular diapers and when she's awake she's alert and engaging. I don't mind. The constant nursing, but I just want to know if this is normal? And if so, when it should subside? She was born 2 weeks early at 6 pounds 1ounce. She was 6 pounds 4 ounces a week and a half ago, and last week I weighed her on a different scale, and she was 6 pounds 14 ounces. Thanks in advance for the help!!
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 PM
    Thank you all for the feedback :) He does fine with raspberries, but the ones we get aren't ever terribly large & I guess the size difference with the blackberries didn't occur to me, but mommal is right - they're huge! I'm sure there's no end to the adventures (a.k.a. hard-learned lessons) of a first time parent lol.
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 PM
    Put any thoughts of "not trying hard enough" from your mind - it sounds like you've been through a marathon & are still weathering it! How does the baby do with a bottle - fuss? no fuss? I ask because I wonder if you LO possibly has thrush. Mine did (and did not have the characteristic signs in his mouth). He had the tiniest bit of white on one cheek, but his tongue was so sore he got angry when he ate, wouldn't latch well, etc. This can make your nipple sore as well. Have you tried laying down beside her in the bed to nurse? This was a fantastic turn-around for me. If you can find an LC at the hospital you like working with, that can be really helpful. I know you mentioned you'd seen one (or two?), but in my case it took a few before I found one that believed me when I said something was wrong with the latch. Hang in there; it's a challenge being tied to a demanding nursing / pumping schedule and trying to nail down issues, but eventually it will pass :)
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 PM
    First love Mommal' post ostrich ha ha ha it's so true. Here are a couple other ideas for rash that won't go away. When using water gently soak the bottom clean rather than wiping. Get a good gentle barrier cream and apply every diaper change. Change your diaper? Try a different brand of disposable? try disposable if you've been using cloth or try cloth if using disposable, or if you were using cloth and want to stick with it change your washing/rinse routine. But overall I agree with Mommal it sounds like this is just normal it's not bothering baby, the rash had started to get a little worse with possible sores, you took care of that and now it's just a red ring? Not really something to worry about. In fact I'll bet if you got 10 people to look at a rash less baby's bottom some of them would see a red ring rash. It's just not a clear enough description bottoms have their own particular pigmentation and look of it differs baby to baby.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:12 AM
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! I'm sorry her birth went in such a scary and unanticipated direction. It sounds like you're actually doing really, really well considering the hurdles you have faced. Your production is good- babies generally need around 2-4 oz per feeding, so the fact that you can get 5-6 oz from both breasts suggests that you have more than enough milk. Considering how much you pump, you may not need to be supplementing with formula. How big are the bottles you offer your baby? And are you using paced feeding techniques? Have you tried using a supplemental nursing system (SNS)? What sort of positions are you using when you nurse? Tips for pumoing: - Buy a second set of flanges for the pump. That will halve your washing. - Wash your pump parts only every other time you use them. In between, bag the used parts and stick them in the fridge. - Keep a large basin of soapy water by the sink and throw used bottles and pump parts in as necessary. That way you need to do just one or two big wash-ups per day instead of a zillion little ones.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:02 AM
    First, can you tell us why you needed to start supplementing? Was supplementing suggested by your pediatrician due to a problem with your baby's growth, or have you started because the baby seems more hungry or is fussy after feedings? Something else? understanding why you needed to start with formula will help us understand the best way to help you stop.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 AM
    Welcome to the forum! The first thing I have to say is that it sounds like your pediatrician is a keeper! A doctor who knows that allergies generally come with more than one symptom and doesn't jump right on the dietary elimination train- that's a rare commodity! A red ring is not always an allergy. If your baby is unbothered by it and is growing and developing normally, it's nothing to worry about. Most Likely it's caused by life in diapers, and frequent pooping. And if it is caused by an allergy, then so what? The presence of an allergy does not mean that you must eliminate the suspect food from your diet- not when the baby is growing and developing normally, anyway. The internet is an allergy/dietary intolerance echo chamber. If you suspect an allergy, you will always find someone who will say "I've experienced the exact same thing!" and tons of support for cutting all sorts of things from your diet. Caffeine! Wheat! Soy! Dairy! Vegetables! For every person who says that their babies needed them to eat nothing but wheat grass and protein shakes, you'll find another dozen who claim that they need to eat nothing but free range organic ostrich and the occasional sweet potato. It's a rabbit hole and you don't need to let yourself get sucked down into it. Just observe your baby! If she seems generally happy and healthy, and is growing and developing normally, then you don't need to look much farther to know that you're doing things right. :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    Choking is definitely not part of the process. I think the issue here was the food you served him. Blackberries are in the size class of foods that you are not supposed to give to a child under 2 if the odds in question are whole- that includes grapes, hot dog pieces, and nuts? They're just the right size to block the windpipe. I think that no-one ever mentions that blackberries need to be cut up because until recently blackberries weren't commonly available at the supermarket, and because they used to be smaller. The new cultivars are mammoth!
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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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