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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    February 19th, 2017, 03:12 PM
    Hi My toddler has always breastfed on demand. She has pretty bad tooth decay even if we have always brushed her teeth 3 times a day, she doesn't have juice or a bottle but she does nurse through the night. One of her teeth has almost completly disintegrated now and the three dentists we have consulted have all said that she has an enamel defect and I have to wean her ASAP, i really dont want to so i am cleaning her teeth during the day but during the night it's impossible without waking her I am currently trying to night wean her and to be honest it is breaking my heart. She is crying and miserable. I don't know how to help her with this. Can anyone give me some suggestions?
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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    February 19th, 2017, 08:13 AM
    My one month old recently started tugging at my nipple and stretching her whole body when she feeds as if she's trying to get more milk but is frustrated. Last night she would cry when I pulled her off and fuss even on the boob. I should add that she quickly gained back to birth weight but since that weight gain has been slow (.5 ounces a day). We get plenty of pee diapers but poop frequency varies - some days multiple smaller poops and some days 1-2 larger poops. It seems as if she wants to nurse constantly during the day, but will go 4+ hours at night if I let her. I also had mastitis about two weeks ago and was treated with an antibiotic. Are these signs my supply is low? We have a weight check on Tuesday and doc may recommend supplementing. How can I supplement while also attempting to maintain my supply so she can still benefit from the health benefits of breast milk?
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    February 21st, 2017, 11:31 AM
    I'm somewhat freaking out right now... first time Mom with a 5 month old. I'm currently in the reserves and I just got word that our two week training got moved up to mid May. That puts my daughter at 8 months. I had planned to nurse her at least a year (September 2017). Currently she doesn't take a bottle, but hopefully she will take a sippy cup (we're going to try that this week). My main question is, how detrimental (if at all) is it to breastfeeding if you're away from your baby for 2 weeks? Side note: I'll be half way across the country, so no quick evening trips. Will I have to cease breastfeeding after that since it's too large of a gap? I already don't want to leave her for that length of time which is hard enough. But being new to this, even if I were to pump while I'm gone, could that potentially screw her up? Any info is greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*ndw11717's Avatar
    February 19th, 2017, 08:33 PM
    LO will be 5 weeks old on Tuesday, he is ebf. We purchased a scale when he was 2 weeks old because weight gain was slow so we wanted to make sure he was transferring enough so we are able to weigh as much as we want. That being said he weighed 8lbs 5oz on the 12th, 8lbs 10oz the 16th and today he is still 8lbs 10oz. Starting the 16th we let him sleep as long as he would at night (only happened one night for 5 hours), the other two nights he woke every 2-3 hours. The max he has gone during the day is 3 hours, and always acts content after feeding and usually falls asleep at the breast when he is done. Has had 12+ wet and 3-4 big dirty diapers daily. My understanding is he is getting enough milk from what he is showing and his wet and dirty diapers. I though I was starting to get the hang of this :cry . What do I do? Get back on a tighter schedule?
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  • @llli*macymichelle's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 03:27 PM
    My 3 month old has been a good nurser from the start. Typically she has always eaten every 2-2.5 hours. For the last month, she has been wanting to nurse every hour, and never really seems satisfied. I have been pumping in between feedings, taking supplements. I feel like I am trying everything, but she just seems fussy and agitated a lot of the time. I am worried that I am having a hard time keeping up with her. I would just like some advice on how to proceed from here, just power through or supplement?
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  • @llli*maddox's Avatar
    February 18th, 2017, 11:47 AM
    I'm engorged every morning and I'd like to reduce the amount of this morning feed without affecting my overall supply for the remainder of the day. My baby is 6 mo and she's been sleeping through the night for the last 4 mo, so I thought the milk supply would have corrected itself by now. My lo eats 5x a day; weekdays I pump 3x and bf 2x; weekends I bf all 5 feedings. She's getting plenty to eat but she's been in the small weight range and recently stopped gaining weight and my doctor determined my milk was low calorie so now I add a scoop of formula to her bottles at daycare. (her weight gain is now back in track with this method). I'm wondering if my engorgement in the morning is causing low calorie milk because the morning milk is pretty clear compared to the rest of the day. I started pumping for less time (was doing 20 min, now only 15) but that hasn't changed anything after several weeks. I'm also prone to clogged ducts, unfortunately, so that's why I've tried gradual solutions so far. Does anyone have any tips to reduce my morning engorgement? Or does anyone have experience with low calorie milk?
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  • @llli*juleswc's Avatar
    February 21st, 2017, 08:08 AM
    Hi all. My baby girl turns 6 months this week and for the past week I've noticed her latch feels different. Like she's taking more breast in her mouth and its borderline uncomfortable. Is it common for latches to change as baby gets older? She's EBF and doesn't take a soother or bottle. But she is teething hard.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:08 PM
    Nursing 12 times a day or even a little more is within the range of normal. I am pretty sure all my kids nursed at least that often at this age, and I had no problems with low milk production. When you say baby sleeps through the night, how long is that usually? Are you pumping at night because you are feeling full, or to have expressed milk for a stash, or because you are concerned about milk production or some other reason? Has baby's gain been normal? Again that would be the most accurate measure to tell if something is wrong or not. Breast compressions may help with this. But it might be baby is getting all she wants from the one letdown. Search Jack Newman Breast Compressions for a good article on how and why to try these.
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  • @llli*macymichelle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    Thanks for responding! She is eating pretty much every hour or hour and a half during the day. She sleeps through the night. I would say she eats about 12 times, plus a "snack" here and there. I usually pump once in the morning, and one long session at night. Some days I pump maybe once more in the morning after I feed her. I usually only get an ounce at a time. She doesn't eat for very long is the only thing I could think of. She nurses until I get a let down then when it slows down she gets agitated and latches and unlatches.
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    I'd like in on this convo since I'm having the same issue! I had a pretty severe plugged duct a few weeks back and was able to massage it out. However, I noticed this white spot on the nipple (been having nipple pain for weeks now). I'm on antibiotics for mastitis (called the nurse last week) and I soak it in saline solution every night for a few minutes. Just this morning I looked up the white spot. It's been there for awhile but I didn't think it was related. Now I'm realizing it's probably a bleb. Wondering what measures I can take to work that out. Should I continue to soak and try the needle thing? God that sounds so awful... Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*bfulmer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 AM
    You are very welcome, thank you :) Yes... that is a lot of milk. I have a bit of storage right now just in case. Even though she hasn't taken a bottle since month 2... There is a SLIGHT chance I may be able to take her with. Finding a caregiver would be pretty difficult. I would have to check the on base daycare although they're typically very full and it takes awhile to get in. Shipping milk would be pretty expensive... What are the downfalls to using a mix of formula and breast milk?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 06:34 PM
    Hi and welcome! Is your baby gaining weight normally? Since nursing behavior can normally vary a great deal, the most accurate measure of whether or not baby is getting enough to eat is weight gain. When you say baby is eating every hour, do you mean day and night? Or is there a longer stretch of time that she sleeps here and there? How many times total in 24 hours would you say baby nurses? How many times a day do you pump and about how much do you get each time you pump? What kind of a pump is it? If baby is not able to get enough milk, one reason might be low production, but another is that baby is not nursing efficiently. Have you ever had breastfeeding assessed by a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC)? Thanks
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 02:33 PM
    Thanks.* I'll try anything and yes I give ejr vitamin d during the winter.* We just got back from the dentists and we're told that this "spoilt" nursing must stop immediately and that we should be giving her cows milk. Then according the dentist she'll need fluoride varnish and eventually one of her front teeth pulled under a general anastheic.* I'm devestated, it went much worse than I expected.* I thought she may need a cap and to stop night nursing.* On top of this my husband and his family who have never supported me nursing for so long finally have their opportunity to critisize.** I would do anything for my little girl and this is awful.
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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 11:28 AM
    Glad to hear it's normal...I'm constantly worried she's not getting enough milk. We had seen a lactation consultant early on (week 2) but I think another visit will be helpful. Thanks again for your quick and helpful responses!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 11:10 AM
    Great news!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 11:07 AM
    Great news doctor is happy with your baby's gain. This indicates as well that doctor is seeing an overall healthy baby he or she is not too worried about, and that is important too! So 2/16 baby weighed 8 lbs 15 and 5 days later on 2/21 baby had gained 5 ounces? So that would certainly indicate normal gain of an average 1 ounce a day over the last 5 days. I am a little concerned because getting an accurate picture from gain measured over a few days is hard. Overall gain is still slightly on the slow side. But your baby's behavior at the breast sounds entirely normal for this age. I am not sure why your baby is tugging, there are a few things you could try for this, including positioning changes and breast compressions. But fussing, long nursing sessions, frequent nursing sessions, wanting to nurse less than an hour after nursing really are all entirely normal and occur in fast gaining babies as well as slower gaining babies. Babies nurse for many reasons, hunger is only one reason. Nursing for comfort is just as important- in fact they are the same thing to an infant. Additionally of course a baby this age really is frequently very hungry and wants to nurse a great deal because baby is still gaining as rapidly as baby did the last several weeks in the womb when baby was fed constantly. I did not realize you are already under the care of an IBCLC. If you like her and think she is helpful, I do think it makes sense to see your IBCLC again, more for the gain...
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  • @llli*laylas.momma's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 07:54 AM
    Thank you for all of this! Not currently on birth control. We had a doc appt yesterday and she's up to 9lbs 4oz and doc feels this is good gain and doesn't think we need to supplement yet. However, I'm still concerned with the frequency of feeding and the tugging indication something is wrong. For example, this morning she was on the breast from 6:30-8:00. She ate well on the both breasts for about 15 mins and three fussed when I took her off, crying and acting as if she was still hungry (sucking in hands) put her back on and she got some milk and then resorted to the tugging and fussing. By 8:00 I was able to take her off and she moderately content until 8:40 and then wanted to eat again. It feels like the only time she's calm is on the breast or if she falls asleep on the breast and I'm able to break her off without waking her. This behavior had been going on for about two weeks. The weight gain is a relief but it seems problematic to me that she has to be in the breast this often to get there. I'm going to make another appt with our lactation consultant but would love any other thoughts you might have.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 07:24 AM
    Babies under a year typically drink about 1.5 oz per hour of separation from mom. Daily total intake is typically around 20-30 oz. With an older baby who is eating solids, this amount often decreases a bit. But in your shoes, I think I would want to aim to have about 20-25 oz per day of separation. It's a lot of milk to produce and store by mid-May, especially if you're going to be using some of your expressed milk to train baby to take a bottle. Any chance of bringing baby and a caregiver with you on your trip? How about shipping milk back home- is that a possibility for you? Thank you for your service!
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  • @llli*allirawlins's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 07:21 AM
    Thanks for the book recommendations! I will definitely be checking both books out! Yesterday went better for both eating and sleeping! She ate 2oz from the bottle in one sitting and had 1oz of milk in her cereal and puree and had another whole oz from the bottle so she definitely got more milk than she has been getting during the day and not completely refusing the bottle like she has done most recently. She slept for 4 hours, woke to eat, and went right back to sleep for another 4 hours! Hopefully this is a start to better eating and sleeping! Thank you for all of your help! :)
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 07:18 AM
    What sort of scale are you using? And can you describe your baby-weighing procedure? Is baby always weighed in the nude?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2017, 07:15 AM
    Nothing to add to MaddieB's excellent advice, but I do have a question: what sort of birth control are you using? Sometimes hormonal contraception, even the "safe for breastfeeding" formulations, can interfere with milk supply. If you are trying to eliminate variables that might explain supply issues, it might make sense to temporarily switch to a barrier contraceptive if you are currently using a hormonal one.
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