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  • @llli*pritz00's Avatar
    Today, 02:41 AM
    Hi! I'm a FTM with a EBF 11wo. For the past few days I've noticed a lump on my breast that gets really tender/irregular shaped when my breast are full so I figured I had a plugged duct, I did the warm compress, the massage etc and it felt like it had gone away, however at night baby only does one breast which means by morning time I'm full and the lump is back, tonigh I woke up from pain after the feed, when I checked it looks like a nipple blister, it hurts a lot, I tried popping it with a needle but is more like a flat white cover and milk does come from there, I pumped and the lump is gone again but now I know the issue is not resolved... I just don't know what else to do...any other advice??? Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*daisymae's Avatar
    Today, 01:47 AM
    Hi, my 5 mo has been having excessive gas and problems passing gas at night following feeds. It started about 6 wks ago with her stirring around 4am, kicking and twisting but not waking up. Then it became 3, then 2, now it's all night and she often wakes up, sometimes screaming. I usually pull her up on my stomach while half sitting up, her tummy down, to nurse her which seems to help her pass gas and go back to sleep but I have to hold her upright for about 30 mins before I can put her back down. If I nurse her on my side it makes it worse. Lately this has been most of the night so I'm sleeping maybe 4 hours total broken sleep. Another thing is she still nurses every 1 1/2 to 2 hrs during the day and does not typically nap for longer than 45 mins at a time, twice a day. Plenty of wet nappies, about 4 poopy nappies/day. Lately they've been greenish. Haven't weighed her in a while but she was gaining very well after a slow start. Very alert, mostly happy but I can tell she's tired too from all the waking & she's had some tough nights with a lot of cramping and pain. Any advice so so appreciated, especially as I'm heading back to work in 8 weeks...
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    I logged in today to post this! Sounds like some good progress is being made. Hope the momentum keeps up.
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    How are you doing with the plugged ducts? I'd lean toward cutting sessions out slowly for that reason but it definitely sounds like you guys have found a good place to relax. I don't want you guys to have to deal with mastitis though. I've had it very mildly a few times after ds1 didn't nurse often for whatever reason during the day and both boys slept well that night. I'm trying to get ds1 to nurse less during the day and it's left me with a very congested spot on the right breast. Yep, ds and I also hit this same stage. Longer nursing sessions at nap time (which is slowly consolidating into two distinct naps) and bedtime but quick sips otherwise. He was always a quick, efficient nurser but is too busy playing now to bother. He's LOVING solids and cries the most adorable wail if we don't share everything with him. He cut two teeth last week and another seems to be coming soon. Extra fussiness because of that and his desire to be mobile. He can scoot and roll a few feet but he's determined to follow big brother.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    I agree with mommal. Unless you want to wean for some reason, probably the last thing you want to do with a baby who is being constipated by solids and not eager to drink much is to reduce breastmilk. Nursing can only help with constipation, overall nutrition, and liquid intake. Is someone suggesting your baby needs to eat more solids? Are there weight gain issues for example? A baby this age who 'refuses' to eat much solid food is usually entirely normal. And if baby is getting constipated, it makes sense for baby to not want to eat much. You are 100 % correct that you cannot force your child to eat or drink, nor should you try! For a great read on what is normal when it comes to eating habits, nutrition and growth, I suggest the book My Child Won't Eat! by Carlos Gonzalez. My oldest had constipation both around the time we started solids and then again when potty learning. It was very difficult because eventually he got to the point where pooping hurt and he was intentionally withholding- in other words, not even trying to go. It really became a problem! I would suggest, do not mistake infrequent poops for constipation. They are no always the same thing. signs it is constipation is if stools are hard, dry, overly large, difficult or painful to pass, baby straining, etc. www.askdrsears.com has some nice constipation info that helped me a lot. I would suggest backing off on the solids, let baby eat what he likes when he likes and how much he likes with no...
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  • @llli*beana40's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    I have a 5 month old and for the last few months, he gets extremely upset if I try to nurse him at bedtime. I work full time, so he gets bottles of expressed milk throughout the day. When I get home at 4:30, I feed him. Bedtime is around 6:45-7pm -- I'm wondering if he's not hungry so he's refusing? He won't even comfort-nurse - he has to have the pacifier to fall asleep. He wakes 2-3 times a night to eat, so I was hoping that if I could feed him at bedtime, he would make it longer before waking. Any thoughts/suggestions?
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    Thanks for all the suggestions! The past couple times now I took your suggestion to move some of the bedtime routine to the bed & that seems to work. She's flinging around while we're reading stories and it feels more like hanging out and winding down rather than just waiting for her to be ready to sleep. Ruchiccio, we do nurse sitting up a lot of times, but at night I was often nursing her sitting until I thought she was asleep then laying her down and the she'd pop awake again & start the flinging. I don't really mind it & it is adorable -- I just wanted to make sure I wasn't setting myself up for something by going with the flow :). Thanks experienced mamas!
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    Used to be every couple days and go between loose and formed. Last prob two mos has become consistently formed sometimes pellets and up to a week between stools.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    I wouldn't wean, if I were in your shoes. First, weaning doesn't magically turn a young toddler into a reliable eater of solid food. A your friends have observed, forcing the weaning process just takes away the benefits of breastmilk with no sure gains in the solids department. Second, if you have a baby who struggles with constipation, you want him to have as much milk as possible because breastmilk has a mild laxative effect. How often does he poop (# of times per week) and what is the consistency when he does go?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    Whatever you choose- toughing it out and doing baby-led weaning, or deciding to pursue mother-led weaning, it's going to be okay. There's no wrong choice here, and whatever you choose will have a unique complement of benefits and some detriments. When both my girls were in the last phases of nursing, I felt those nearly uncontrollable spasms of negative emotion. The only thing that worked for me was limiting the amount of time that my toddlers could nurse. I would tell them "I will count to ten and then it's time to be done" or "I'm going to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and then you have to stop", and they listened. I think it helped that they were no longer particularly interested in nursing, so they didn't feel the need to fight the limitation. In your shoes, I think I would want to find a different way to put the toddler to sleep. Maybe you nurse- briefly!- and then dad comes in and takes over?
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    My 16 mo old struggles with constipation. This has been an issue since starting solids but has worsened lately. He eats sporadic meals. Often times he refuses solids. I am not super proactive about refusing boob and there are times that I offer food before boob but it is still refused. He also only eats sporadic meals even during the work day when I am not with him. I'm curious if other moms have had this experience. If so did you feel it was related to the sporadic foods or something else? He only eats healthy foods (beans oatmeal many fruits and veges etc). Every time I findsomething he really likes such as smoothies he decides he ddoesnt want it anymore. I cant force him to eat or drink. I was trying juice but even yesterday he refused it and was finicky about even drinking water. I tried giving him mineral oil last week twice even tho I dont like that idea and he still isnt pooping much. Doctor has basically said only other option if the juice and mineral oil dont work is chemical which I desperately would like to avoid. Should I force him to stop nursing very much? That feels wrong and some other moms have told me that when they force weaned they just ended up with a toddler that still didn't eat and didn't have the benefits of breastmilk.
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:59 PM
    Keep in mind that you just need enough for the first day. Then, each day you are at work, you pump for the next day. The "rule of thumb" is 1 - 1.5 oz/hour apart. So if, for example, you will be apart for 8 hours, you'd want about 8-12 oz, maybe a couple oz extra as backup. When you think of it that way I think it makes it less overwhelming to think about pumping for that first day.
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  • @llli*ngs215's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    Mine is from 2012, and the button lets me switch both ways. I find it quite useful. If I notice my letdown has started, I switch to regular mode early because I think that is more efficient. And then after the milk stops flowing, I will go back for a second letdown.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    Can you nurse not lying down? I nurse him to sleep while I'm sitting in bed (I always nurse sitting so this feeding isn't different from others). He can't possibly fly around if I have him in a cross cradle hold.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    15lb 5.5oz this morning
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    Thanks for posting!
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:31 PM
    if you have been doing BLW, you have initiated the weaning process. If you love breastfeeding and have no reason that you have to have her weaned by a certain age then don't feel you need to rush things. Nursing is a great mommy superpower for getting baby to sleep, comforting for just about any reason etc. Gradual, gentle, baby led weaning is likely to be easier after the age of 2 or 3. But hopefully others will chime in with helpful tips since I don't yet have any personal experience with weaning since my LO is only 6 months and we only started BLW a couple weeks ago.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:06 PM
    at that age, I wasn't successful enough with side lying nursing with my DS. He would latch on but the milk transfer just wasn't happening so I would get up every 3 or 4 hours to nurse until we finally managed to improve his latch and my supply to the point that side lying would work. DS didn't get his tt/lt corrected till 8 weeks and we didn't get the physical therapy for him till 3 months and side lying wasn't really successful till 4 months. Of course now that he is often happy to stay latched on most of the night, I'm finding that it is giving me back issues. You might experiment with sitting up to get her latched and started and then see if you can mange to lye back down without detaching. Or try a little bit of light to see if that helps (or maybe try it during the day when you are both fully awake and see if that helps you figure out the tricks.) FYI, even if nursing in bed doesn't work for you just now, co sleeping has the advantage of you getting more sleep since a sleeping baby is more likely to stay asleep when in contact with mom so getting back to bed after nursing is usually far quicker than if you are attempting to put her down in a bassinet.
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  • @llli*sarag's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:29 PM
    Yes, she did well yesterday as well as last night. This morning before she left for grandmas she wouldn't eat but that's it. She said that she did the paced feeding soon after she got there. She drank 1oz then feel asleep. Later though I guess she was getting upset when the nipple was moved down and just went right back to sucking. Is that okay? She ate 2oz st that feeding. I started yesterday to try to use the paci less, she seemed to be okay with me distracting her when she would get fussy. I also tried nursing her when she seemed like she wanted it and she mostly would latch and suck a bit then would fal asleep. We did side lying feeding and she latched okay but as soon as we sat up and I burped her she spit it all up. Her usual cue that I notice first is her opening and closing her mouth, but sometimes it seems like even if I try to feed her as soon as I see her do this, she still gets very frustrated if either she doesn't latch the first time she opens or she just won't open to latch. The gas discomfort I see is mostly at night. She wakes herself up grunting trying to get it out. I will pick her up and pat her back then lay her down and do bicycles. Usually I will get some out but most of the time not all of it. Normally it ends with her pooping and having loud forceful sounding toots. This happens most nights. I give her drops sometimes but they don't seem to do much. She sometimes will go a day with only pooping once or twice but usually the next day she will have...
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  • @llli*munchmama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    My 9 month old is BFOD. She is teething and our schedules have been off (due to my working part time and no set schedule) so she is nursing more at night, and is popping on and off the breast a lot when I am home with her, probably due to teething lately and just because we are together and she just likes unlimited access I think :love So we have never had any issues with yeast, engorgment, mastitis, etc and for the first time yesterday I noticed some little water blisters (clear fluid) pop up out of no where on my nipples! I read it could be a blocked opening (that skin grew over a hole?) or possibly a sign of yeast? but she has no symptoms of that and I have some discomfort, but since yesterday has improved. She popped them when nursing at one point and they are not red or irritated. No blocked ducts. No signs of infection and I have kept some drops of breastmilk on there to hopefully keep infection at bay. Wondering if due to the constant nursing and occasional rough or shallow latch when she is being careless. She does occasionally play with the other nipple while nursing and I wonder if she scratched the surface, causing the blisters? Any input on this or recommendations?
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:53 AM
    I just saw this on the news, and I thought I'd share with y'all. (sorry if I posted on the wrong forum!) I'm just so glad technology is improving the breast pumps!!! http://www.boston.com/health/2014/09/21/mighty-mom-breast-pumping-toolbelt-wins-mit-hackathon/colHXp5XR0HHIpaaKDXcfM/story.html
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    Hola @ilusionalia Yo creo que tienes que corregir la manera que tu bebe agarra el pecho. Generalmente las grietas asi son causadas por mala posicion al amamantar. De que forma sale tu pezon una vez que el bebe se despega? Tiene forma de lapiz labial nuevo? Dr. Newman tiene buenos videos que demuestran como el bebe debe pegarse al pecho y como (http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=videos-spanish). Basicamente, la boca del bebe tiene que cubrirte casi toda la areola. Aqui van unos links de algunos videos que pueden ayudarte. http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-28hrassist-span http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-squeeze-sp
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    mine might be an early PISA, got it through wic, probably from before they did away with the bag for the insurance models, perhaps they changed the function of the button after getting comments.
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  • @llli*js's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:58 AM
    Hi Ladies, I'm a new member of LLL so hoping to get lots of support! My dd is 13 months old and we did EBF up to 6 months and BLW & BF from then on. I plan on starting to wean her soon. My ultimate goal was to reach 12 months bf which I'm really pleased I managed to do, then I planned on gradually weaning her before the end of this year (which I've now pushed back until she's 18 months to give me more time). I love bf'ing her but at the same time I do feel it's the right time to initiate the weaning process. Trouble is, it fills me with dread! She has never taken a dummy nor has she ever been attached to any kind of comforter and I dread the thoughts of taking away what has become her comforter, security etc, and neither myself nor my OH will allow her to cry. I need to do this as gradual and gentle as possible and any tips from you ladies would be greatly appreciated. She currently feeds 4 times during the day (morning, both naps to sleep and before bed). She's been waking for about 5-6 feeds a night since mid June and before that she usually did 3-4 feeds a night (she's never been a great sleeper). She won't settle for anyone else, nor will she sleep without breast. I wondered if I should start by trying to get her to nap without boob during the day and take it from there. I've tried her with cows milk over the past 2 weeks and she spits it out! Thank you x
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