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  • @llli*jlr141709's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    Hi, I am brand new here. :) I have a seven week old little man. He is my third, though there is a 15 year age difference between him and my previous baby! Yep, my surprise baby! Anyhow, this poor little guy has been so gassy all day/night every day since he was born. But lately, it has been just relentless. The only place he is happy is at the nipple, yet it just seems to cause him more gas pain, more spitting up. I am pumping this poor guy with Mylicon and Gripe Water with little relief. The other night, out of desperation in trying to help him feel better, I took out some sample formula I was mailed before he was born and fed it to him. He ate 4 ounces and was so calm, so happy, slept a 6 hour stretch that night without all that pain and crying. It made me wonder if my want to bf him is worth what it seems to be putting him through. It breaks my heart.
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 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 month 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*sarahfv's Avatar
    March 22nd, 2017, 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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  • @llli*beautybecomes's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 02:18 PM
    Hello everyone... I'm currently nursing my 18 month old daughter. We have battled thrush repeatedly in our nursing relationship. The DOC has given her nystatin and Daktrin gel. Numerous times. I've insisted as the nursing mother... I should be treated with diflucan, which he prescribed one dose. After the last treatment her thrush went away for a month and has come back. Now the DOC has said well at this point you should wean her bc nothing else can be done to stop the thrush. I'm very stressed over it as she has a strong emotional attachment to nursing, and she is a terrible eater. I'd say most of her nutrition comes from me. The comment has also been made that she shouldn't be getting any night feeds at her age.(we breastfed on demand and co sleep) Any advice to save our nursing relationship???
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  • @llli*kaitlynt's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 06:25 PM
    hi all, i'm currently nursing my 13 month old twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed (and before her afternoon nap on the weekends). in the last month, i've weaned off the pump at work, and my gal takes 1/2 whole milk, 1/2 frozen milk during the day to use up my freezer stash (slowly increasing whole milk until the stash is gone). i am very happy and eager for this to continue for as long as she wants, but my supply seems to be dwindling! sometimes she seems upset and comes off crying, other times she tugs and pulls while nursing, as if to say, "c'mon guys!" my question is, is it possible to increase supply after 1 year, or is it pretty well set at this point? any tips, if it is possible? pumping during the day is no longer an option. thank you!
    5 replies | 170 view(s)
  • @llli*dani425's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 08:49 AM
    I have been breastfeeding for 11 months. I work outside my house as well as pump at work. I work for the state so my employer has been amazing about me having to pump. I definitely can keep up with my work as well. I am also currently making enough at work pumping 4 times a day for my daughter to be fed all day!! Thank GOD! :clap I have a bit of a dilemma. I am coming up on a year and from what I've read, I am not covered after a year to pump at work. I do not want to stop breastfeeding and I don't mind supplementing with cow's milk, if my daughter will take it. So I guess my question is has anyone ever pumped at work past a year? Could I keep it a secret from my boss and just try to work it in a couple times a day vs 4 times a day now?? Is cow's milk really ok for babies?? Is there milk that is better? Organic? Skim? 2%?:confused::confused::confused: I haven't spoke to my daughters doctor, but I have spoke with a lactation consultant and she wants me to pump, basically all day, and save up my milk for after a year. I'm sure if any of you have been there, yall know, it's not easy to pump/breastfeed all day. I appreciate everyone's responses and support.:love p.s. my daughter is eating solids, however, she doesn't really like baby food. :lol :D
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  • @llli*margutte's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    My baby was born on the 23rd of February, four and a half weeks ago, at 36 weeks of gestational age, so he reached his full term age during last week. He was 2.5 kg at birth, and about 3.3 kg now. 
 He spent two days in NICU and five total days at the hospital. During this time the nurses gave hime formula and later my milk from the bottles, when it came. I got some counselling with breastfeeding at the hospital, after he left the NICU. They basically told me that his mouth was too small and my nipple a bit flat, so I started using Medela nipple shields. By weighing him before and after the nursing, we saw that he was not taking in enough milk, so I had to keep pumping and giving him the bottle afterwards. I had enough milk to feed him by then, about 500 gr a day at least. Once we came home, I rented a pump and a scale and continued the same routine of nursing, double-weighing, supplementing my own milk with a bottle and pumping. About a week and a half after the birth, the midwife came for the routine check-up and, since he had gained weight, she suggested to stop the stressful routine and exclusively breastfeeding for four days, then she would come to weigh him again. After these four days, he had gained 180 gr., so I continued for three more days, after which the midwife weighed him again. It was shocking to find that he had lost 50 grams during this time! The midwife thought that he was understimulating me because of the nipple shields. So I started the old...
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  • @llli*asim1617's Avatar
    March 21st, 2017, 02:12 PM
    Whenever I pump (whether it be after nursing or in place of a nursing session), I feel like there is never a last drop. I do compressions to get more milk out while I am pumping, but I keep getting told that it should be till the last drop. Should I get a last drop when nothing comes out anymore? Or is it normal to always have droplets come out at the end. There's been times where I pumped longer to see if drops would stop coming out? Am I doing something wrong? Please help!
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  • @llli*gilismom's Avatar
    March 21st, 2017, 01:50 AM
    Edited - more a question about size flange, I think! I have a five week old baby and I pump on one side in the morning as she feeds, in order to begin my stash. I have found this very productive in the past. I have a Medela Freestyle and with my previous baby, 2 yrs ago, I went up to a 27mm flange. I found that this time when pumping, my nipple was sore, so I am trying a 30 mm flange. It _may_ be helping me get more milk out too and I think that it makes it possible for me to use a slightly higher vacuum level. But I'm not sure it is more comfortable. _Most_ of my nipple doesn't touch the flange (size 30) BUT it does, where my nipple joins the areola, and goes "inside" the tube part of the flange during the in and out of the vacuum. I don't think too much of the areola is going in, but I'm guessing that even there, the nipple should not be touching the flange. Because of this, after I pump (no more than 15 min, and I find only vacuum level 3 or 4 comfortable), my nipple has a reddish ring around it. Do I need to go up to a 36 (which seems like a big jump)? Is that part of the nipple not meant to touch the flange either? Any rec's of videos that show exactly what the nipple should look like and what should contact the flange, during pumping, would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
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  • @llli*parakeet's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 07:51 PM
    I have a three week old who was born at 36.5 weeks, due date is in a couple of days. We have had to supplement but I got my supply up from herbs and pumping so now he is supplemented using EBM. He has a weak suck and is sleepy at the breast. I put him to my breast for 30-40 minutes and he will take approx 50% of his feed (I have rented a scale so I know), and the remaining 50% of his feed he will take via the bottle while I pump. His weight gain now is looking good. I have help to bottlefeed but I am getting fed up of pumping after every feed. Most of my 30-40 minutes at the breast is spent in breast compressions, tickling him, moving him from side to side to get him to wake up. In that 30-40 minutes, he might suck well for maybe 8-10 minutes, rest he is just sleepy. Is there an end to the supplementation and pumping? How long will it take? I'd rather just breastfeed than breastfeed + pump. Thanks!
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  • @llli*jufinio17's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 02:37 AM
    My LO is 12 weeks old and sleep and wind just seem to be getting worse. Would really appreciate any input, advice or personal experience! My first little boy was windy too and we never solved the problem. For background, he is ebf, is sick quite often but seems to be feeding well and growing well. Nights are currently very broken. He'll sleep an 1hr and a half from 9pm, then maybe a further hour and then cat naps the rest of the night. He cries and draws his legs up, as if constantly straining to pass wind, only being soothed by more feeding. Sometimes it sounds like lots of air is going in when he's feeding but the latch looks good. A few weeks ago he was doing a 4 hour stretch so I have no clue what has happened. Any help appreciated...thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*ferrit82's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 01:40 PM
    Hi everyone, i am exclusively breastfeeding my 5 month old and have recently noticed that she is asking more often in the night. When I give her the last feed before bed I usually nurse on both sides and then put her to bed. Tonight I thought I'd try re-attaching again before putting her down to see if she's feed more. She latched on and became very fussy like she was trying to get the let down started but it just wasn't happening. I had expressed some milk earlier in the day so I thought I'd see if she took the expressed milk. She took an extra 40ml at this point. My question is, could it be possible that my breasts do not produce enough to make her full at night? Thanks
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  • @llli*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 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*mum.mumbai's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 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*asweetlull's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    I have a 10 day old. I have been breastfeeding, but his weight continues to decrease. First I tried alternating every other feeding with breastfeeding on the breast and bottle feeding 2 oz. of my pumped milk. He didn't gain any weight. Today the doctor told me to stop breastfeeding and pump exclusively. After breastfeeding him and then weighing him he hadn't gained anything. She doesn't think he is sucking hard enough. He often falls asleep on the breast even after I unswaddle him, chicken arm him, blow on him, etc. My question is- When I put my pumped milk only the fridge there is no separation. Does this mean I am only pumping the foremilk? If so, how can I get the hindmilk out? I'm already doing breast compressions as I pump. Thank you.
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  • @llli*ksmom3's Avatar
    March 24th, 2017, 12:28 PM
    So for a couple months now while nursing on my right side on the left side of my nipple there is like a vein (like the fleshy part next to my nipple) that sticks out when my milk lets down and sometimes for a few minutes after while my 4 month old is breastfeeding. I don't remember this happening before a couple months ago or with my other two kids but I was wondering if this is normal? It doesn't hurt or anything just seems strange? I've had more problems this time nursing, beginning nipple pains, thrush and I think we are almost to a good point now where everything is going well. So I just want to see if anyone else has had this? Thanks!
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 05:44 PM
    I've been using the nipple shield since day one, I thought this was very helpful since her latch wasn't so great. Recently, I've been trying to wean her off of the shield because her latch has been improving but I feel like it's to late, I feel discouraged, disappointed and frustrated. I latch her on with the shield, 10 minutes later I pick her up to burp and try feeding her without the shield, at first she would latch on for 5 minutes and then fall asleep or simple latch off, I didn't try this daily, since I thought she was doing good but today she cried so loud, you can see her frustration she wanted to latch on but there was no shield, I tried and tried and tried but we were both frustrated, I gave in and I put on the shield and she latched on with no problem. She just turned 2 months, is it to late for me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I tramatizing her by letting her cry and basically forcing her on my boob when clearly she is not interested? How can I wean her off without feeling guilty? I would love to feed her without having to worry about a shield, it's a hassle (cleaning, sanitizing, remembering to pack, putting it on, taking it off) I don't feel comfortable going places because I know I'm going to have to put it on to feed her, I'm just getting to the point of giving up. Do you ladies have any tips? Should I just keep trying regardless if she cries?
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  • @llli*karaeubanks's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    I weaned my 21-month-old 5 days ago. After 5 days of cabbage, peppermint tea, sudafed 12-hour in the mornings, ibuprofen, and hand expressing in the shower, I still have VERY lumpy clogged breasts. I'm hand expressing a few times a day, and I know you're supposed express as little as possible, but I think I would really need to empty out to get rid of these lumps. Any advice on what I should do about the plugs? Are breasts supposed to be lumpy while you dry up? It's painful.
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  • @llli*zam.sc2017's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2017, 05:50 PM
    I've been using the nipple shield since day one, I thought this was very helpful since her latch wasn't so great. Recently, I've been trying to wean her off of the shield because her latch has been improving but I feel like it's to late, I feel discouraged, disappointed and frustrated. I latch her on with the shield, 10 minutes later I pick her up to burp and try feeding her without the shield, at first she would latch on for 5 minutes and then fall asleep or simple latch off, I didn't try this daily, since I thought she was doing good but today she cried so loud, you can see her frustration she wanted to latch on but there was no shield, I tried and tried and tried but we were both frustrated, I gave in and I put on the shield and she latched on with no problem. She just turned 2 months, is it to late for me? Am I doing something wrong? Am I tramatizing her by letting her cry and basically forcing her on my boob when clearly she is not interested? How can I wean her off without feeling guilty? I would love to feed her without having to worry about a shield, it's a hassle (cleaning, sanitizing, remembering to pack, putting it on, taking it off) I don't feel comfortable going places because I know I'm going to have to put it on to feed her, I'm just getting to the point of giving up. Do you ladies have any tips? Should I just keep trying regardless if she cries?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 PM
    Yes I agree with mommal. Here is what I wrote earlier but did not post as I was called away from computer: It makes sense. This actually can possibly happen- a baby might have nursing issues that would cause poor milk transfer that are hidden because mom makes so much milk baby does not have to be nursing effectively to get enough. When her milk production reduces to normal, the problem with baby's ability to transfer milk is revealed. I would think yes, most likely this is a very different situation now. But I am afraid it is impossible to know for sure without more time going by or a trained person watching a nursing session and concluding that there is no problem with transfer. This is why I suggested seeing an IBCLC, but it is possible they would not be 100% sure either. If you would like to see an LC again, maybe there are low cost clinics or some other way you can see your LC again or a different one. Often there are more resources available than you might have heard of. It never hurts to ask. To find out what may be available, you can call your LCs, ask any local LLL or other breastfeeding support group, breastfeeding coalitions, etc. Also your LC may be able to talk to you on the phone for a follow up.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:17 PM
    That makes perfect sense! When a mom-baby pair has a rough start, it can be very scary to back off on pumping and supplementing and weighing, etc. I think MaddieB gave excellent advice- in your shoes, I would back off on the pumping but still retain a few sessions per day. Continue to weigh the baby, keeping a careful tally of his intake. If you get through a week with no appreciable decline in his intake, drop another session and continue to weigh him frequently. Continue the process until you have dropped all the pump sessions. I know a lot of moms who have been caught in the consuming cycle of weighing, pumping, and worrying. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel! it gets better, I promise!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    Definitely not time for formula- unless, of course, that is what YOU want to do! Breastmilk isn't hurting your baby's tummy. I know it can seem like that, especially when a bottle of formula seems to produce a calm, sleeping baby! In my experience, a bottle can "magically" take a baby from fussing to sleeping because a bottle can fill a baby to the brim with minimal effort on the baby's part. If I were in your shoes, I would toss the sample formula. The formula companies mail that stuff out hoping to take advantage of situations exactly like yours- the moment when an exhausted mom reaches the end of her rope and is willing to try something-anything!- to make the baby stop crying. Companies know that it doesn't take much frustration and self-doubt for the emergency bottle to become the supplemental bottle, and the supplemental bottle to replace the breast. Don't let the formula company win! :cheer
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  • @llli*jlr141709's Avatar
    Today, 07:05 PM
    Thank you so so much. This is extremely helpful! I will try these suggestions and cross my fingers!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 PM
    At 10 days, your milk still contains an admixture of colostrum. In my experience, this makes the milk appear more creamy and makes it less likely to separate during storage.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:55 PM
    When you experience lumpy, painful breasts after weaning, it's probably a sign that weaning happened too quickly. When it comes to ending milk production, nature prefers a very slow goodbye. That usually means a slow decline to a few months of nursing just once or twice a day, followed by a period in which the baby nurses maybe once every other day, followed by the final weaning. Often moms don't even realize that their kids have weaned until a week or two have passed. So, what do you do? You could unwean your child. You could pump. Or you could continue to express some milk by hand. The goal should be to keep yourself comfortable, and to keep those plugged areas from turning into something nasty like mastitis. I would worry far less about perpetuating milk production than about comfort and health- so don't be afraid to take the milk out! Getting milk production to end is probably going to take longer than you would like, but trust me- it's worth it to go slow!
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    Time for YOU to get some quality YOU time! You have gotten your baby to sleep for 31 months straight, while your partner checks his e-mail and plays Angry Birds or whatever. Really, it's your turn for some uninterrupted time with whenever you like to do in the evening!
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