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  • @llli*andrebaby's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 08:51 AM
    hi I am writing this post in desperation. i had my healthy baby boy 6 weeks ago and despite all the effort I put in, I am still only producing about 10 ounces of milk daily. I am literally running out of ideas and feel exhausted and despair, pls help me figure out what I missed here or if it's still possible to increase my milk supply. Below is my basic information 1) I had my baby at 42 weeks through induction. It took 24 hours for me to fully dilate and 20min to push out the baby. No tear and any complication afterwards. I did use epidural in the process, but cut it off in the last hour right before I was getting ready to push 2) The baby was born 8 pounds and we had skin to skin for two hours right after he came out. However, he wasn't interested in breast and just wanted to sleep. The lactation consultant in the hospital told us it's very normal to have a sleepy baby in the first day. So we let him sleep. I started feeding him second day. It was soon apparent that nothing was coming out of my breast-- we tried manual expression, medela hospital pump, compression, nothing came out, not even a drop. 3) Under the recommendation of the nurse, I started supplementing him on the third day with a syringe while breastfeeding. He latched on quite good, and appeared happy with the formula, but I still didn't have any colostrum 4) I went home at the end of third day and keep pumping and breastfeeding my baby with the help of the syringe. Thought once the engorgement comes, I...
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  • @llli*amberdawn424's Avatar
    April 13th, 2014, 06:48 PM
    Hi, I have an amazing 10 week old baby girl who is EBF. From the beginning I've had OS (coughing/sputtering at breast, frequent spitting up, several bms esp right after feeding, and green mucous stools, leaky boobs soaking through towels when feeding on one side, pumping produces only foremilk (6 oz on one boob). Because of the mucous I've cut out dairy because I read that foremilk/hindmilk imbalance shouldn't cause mucous. Nothing has really changed with diet elimination but I have noticed the switch to yellow poop, less spitting up with block nursing, but she will then have these nurseathons for hours and the green poop is back. Also, I'm never engorged. If I go long without nursing the breast will get hard and painful then just leak like crazy and it's relieved. I haven't been engorged since my milk came in. I do have extremely large breasts though. Just now sure I'm doing it right 1. How to tell if it's an allergy or OS issue. She is congested a lot, had a bad bout of baby acne, no blood in stools (tested at pedis) just green/mucousy poops, not fussy at all, sleeps 6 hours at night and takes 3+ hour naps 2. She mostly nurses in 5 minutes but LOVES to comfort nurse when time to go to sleep. I've read OS babys won't nurse for a long time but she will nurse for hours until she's asleep. 3. Does the comfort nursing hurt the block feeding and supply regulation? It's the only way to get her to sleep 4. She sleeps 6+ hours at night how do I block feed with...
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  • @llli*dara's Avatar
    April 13th, 2014, 07:57 AM
    My baby boy turned a year on Friday, and he is nursing strong still! He is a HUGE almost 27 lbs and 31 1/2 inches tall. BIG BOY he isn't a huge food eater so almost all of that weight is breastmilk :) I cant wait to see where this journey will take us, my DD nursed till she was 4 years and 10 days, wondering how long baby boy will nurse! He is a little acrobat these days, contorting himself while he nurses, he is so funny! Cant believe how fast this year flew by. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ethan :)
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    April 12th, 2014, 01:48 PM
    So if we are supposed to let the baby nurse till they are done with the breast before pulling them off and switching sides or deciding they are done with the feeding....... What are we supposed to do if we have one of those babies who will seemingly effectively nurse in their sleep and would happily stay latched to the breast indefinitely. More background on me and my baby can be found in the following thread http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?119830-10-day-old-baby-and-inadequate-milk-supply Anyway, he has always latched well but has always been sleepy at the breast, well most of the time (probably two feedings a day he will be wide awake, otherwise he usually seems to be basically asleep moments after latching though he will keep sucking and often protest when I try to unlatch him.) Early on I thought this was a sign of him not removing milk effectively but I have noticed that he does actually drain me and is getting milk even when he seems to be sleeping through it. But my question is....... Because so many of the writings about it suggest it is best to let baby decide how long a feeding should last........ When Should I decide enough is enough. He will sometimes stay latched to me often for as long as I will sit still. I usually decide that 30-35 minutes per breast is long enough (especially when I'm needing to also pump to increase my milk supply and during certain times of day he will often request to be fed every 1.5 hours, sometimes even more often.
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  • @llli*csmith1980's Avatar
    April 12th, 2014, 03:09 PM
    Hello everyone. I am trying to get myself to relactate for someone else. I have a dear friend of mine who isn't able to breastfeed (her supply never came in and she has tried everything, including working with multiple LLL people) and her baby won't take anything but breast milk. My youngest child is 3 but I stopped nursing her around 17 months ago. It took a few months for my milk to dry up but occasionally, I had drops, here or there, for about 6 months after it dried up. I have been hand expressing 7-8 times a day for the last 2 weeks and something is definitely changing. I noticed the change this morning. I am hoping if I continue to keep at it...I am getting a breast pump tomorrow (another friend of mine shipped me hers, to her parents and I'm picking it up tomorrow) and I'm hoping this will help even more. I'm not sure if I'll be able to produce enough to help my friend out completely but I'm more than willing to do anything for her, she's my best friend. Anyone have an advice or tips for me?
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  • @llli*adb821's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 09:48 AM
    I am away from my baby from 7am-330pm, working as a teacher. Right now, I nurse her at 630am, and pump 3 times between 730 and 3pm, working around my class schedule. A couple times I've had meetings or something and only been able to pump twice, but I still manage to get the same amount in those two sessions as I would in three. My question is, if I go down to two pump sessions, can I expect to continue to get the same amount, or will it decrease over time if I don't do the three? I will absolutely do three if necessary, but if I can get away with two that would be awesome!
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  • @llli*amberdawn424's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 11:50 AM
    My 11 week old is nursing fine, gaining a pound a week. Happy at breast. We have been having green poops so I went to a LLL meeting last night and they talked about tongue tie. Or pedi did say it looked like she was at 1 week appt but we didn't have nursing issues so I let it go. Anyway, the leader suggested I see a dentist who does laser correction. My question is, is it worth it? If she's nursing fine, gaining weight should I worry? I dot want to interfere with what we have now which is a good latch and perfect nursing.
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  • @llli*kapowskl's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 08:53 AM
    I'm about to make an appointment to get my wisdom teeth extracted and the surgeon that will be performing the surgery uses iv sedation. Please tell me it's safe to undergo this while breastfeeding. I only have 5oz sitting in the freezer and hoping to nurse before I go in. A friend told me she didn't nurse for 8-12 hours after her surgery. That's impossible for me. We don't supplement (my lo has gi issues and we cannot use formula) and I'm worried I won't be able to pump enough to store before I go in.
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  • @llli*mamakady's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 08:46 PM
    It has always been my dream to breastfeed my children. This is my first baby (born on the 11th) and from the start it has been really troublesome. He absolutely would not latch for longer than 5 seconds for the first 20 hours or so. I had lactation consultants with me every couple of hours all day long and he just didn't get it. When he finally did, it was like a light bulb went off and he latched and fed for 15 minutes! It took my milk until this morning to come in, so there was an extra day in there because he didn't immediately begin nursing, so he screamed all day and all night because, although colostrum is enough nutrition-wise, it didn't satisfy him at all. My heart would break for him constantly when listening to his blood-curdling screams even though we were nursing constantly (30 mins on, 15 off roughly). His voice almost went away completely! I ended up going out and getting supplemental formula last night (I know, I hated it, too but I was so tired of watching him suffer). What I did was breastfeed for as long as I could and planned to give him a little of the formula if he still screamed, which he did. He took in about a half an ounce and slept until I had to feed him again 2 hours later (first time in two days). This morning, I noticed that he seemed much more eager to latch on and feed (he had gotten to the point where he was beginning to become uninterested in nursing). Once he was done, I put him down and he fell asleep and slept for 2 hours just like he...
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  • @llli*redicedtea's Avatar
    April 13th, 2014, 04:58 PM
    I'm a new mom and my baby is almost 3 weeks old. I'm so confused about the proper way or best way to feed my son. My baby was born at 37 weeks via c-section. When I was still in the hospital I was exclusively breastfeeding every 2 hours thinking he was getting enough. My baby's weight dropped 9.5% by the third day. So I saw a lactation consultant and she said baby is latching well and seems to be swallowing good too. But when I tried to pump to evaluate how much milk I have considering baby had no poop on 2nd day, I was only able to get 2 ml at that time. So they had me supplement with formula. Over the last 2 weeks, I've been giving him 2 oz expressed breastmilk or formula (when my milk supply is low), afterwhich I let him latch for as long as he wants until he falls asleep which is just anywhere from 5-10 mins. Problem is lately my milk seems to be slowing down that I've been supplementing with formula more and more. I considered not pumping at all, but my baby falls asleep easily while at the breast so I'm concerned about how much milk he is able to take in. How long do u breastfeed and how often? Do u have a set schedule say 15 mins each breast (total 30) every 3 hours day/night? When do you start demand feeding? Is it best to nurse first then pump whatever is left? I just wanna be able to have more milk supply to give my baby.
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  • @llli*sbenner's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 06:43 PM
    I thought we had this down at the hospital, so of course had no questions for the LC or nurses until we got home. I hope you ladies can help! My son often has one "big" feeding (15-25 mins) and the next is more of a snack (5-10, or clusters for two hours). Sometimes it'll be after three hours since the last feeding, and he has no interest to eat. On top of that, nipple pain (not every time, but enough) plus the lack of either BM or wet diapers are leading me to believe he isn't getting enough. He had a decent brown, liquidy stool this morning (day 3) and two urine, but no more today. Tons of gas though. Since he's been pretty content, sleeping great, not showing many signs of unhappiness, I didn't really put pieces together until tonight as I reflected on the last two days. Now I'm worried... Thanks for any advice you have!
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  • @llli*abysmom's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 04:09 PM
    My 6 month old DS is a very distracted nurser. He has never nursed for more than 5 mins and takes only one breast(Except when he is asleep). This has not bothered me as he made up for it at night and his diapers are good. At the 6th month appointment I realized he gained just one pound in two months and at 3% for weight. Since we started solids his nursing sessions have never been longer than 2 mins. It is not that he got more efficient as I my breast does not feel light afterward. He is just a busy body and eating is the last thing on his list. He still is nursing well at night but how can I help him gain weight. He has always been a tiny skinny baby. It hurts that he looks so small.
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 11:44 AM
    My baby is almost 11 mos old. I have been doing baby led weaning/solids. When I feed him, I just give him a tray full of bites of multiple foods and let him at it, or allow him to graze off the coffee table as he chooses. I just found out my dcp is only giving a couple bites on his tray at a time of only one food at a time because "too much ends up on the ground" if he gets more than that. I don't feel this is appropriate at that age. He should be getting a tray of various foods and left to explore. Thoughts? Please give me suggestions.
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  • @llli*annie.st.cyr's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 08:53 PM
    Hello everyone! I'm new here! I am so excited to be in touch with super amazing and supportive women! I love every thread I have read through so far, this is what being a woman and mother is about! Ok, now to the point. My son is 2 months old! We have a really well established and awesome breastfeeding relationship (though it wasn't without its challenges - he had a tongue tie...ouch!) He gains weight very well, my production is on par (might even have a slight over supply because I pump at work) and always wets well over 6 diapers. That being said we have introduced the pacifier recently as my husband is a stay at home dad and it really helps him get through bouts of fussiness. He only does it after Seb has had a bottle and is sure he is full, he rarely ever takes a full bottle because he is definitely reverse cycling (which doesn't bother me at all!) Is this the proper use of a paci for a breastfed baby? We use Tommie Tippee bottles and we are giving him Soothies as a pacifier.
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  • @llli*carott.black's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 01:16 PM
    Hi all! im new at this forum and im worried, i just recently got back to work and im struggling to continue breastfeeding my 2 month old baby. In my maternity leave i was unable to do a milk storage so pretty much we live day by day i pump at work and he eats it the next day. The problem is that i have to travel for work (i was not aware of this until today) next week, i will be away from my baby for 3 days and im not sure what can i do. Will he be alright with 3 days of formula while im away? what do i have to do to keep my milk supply fine during this 3 days? and apart from that i will not have acess to a frezzer or refrigarator in this 3 days since work only pays for a hotel room without a refrigarator so any ideas on how to conserve the milk?
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  • @llli*lj.098's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 01:06 AM
    Hi everyone :) I'm new here, so I'm sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place! I was wondering if there are any mums out there with tubular breasts, who can tell me whether or not they had any breast changes during pregnancy, and could or couldn't breastfeed? I am 20 weeks pregnant, and was expecting zero breast changes at all once I found out I had tubular breasts. My boobs, however, have got marginally bigger, were sore in the first 9 weeks, have days where they're really veiny and my nipples have got bigger too. Is this a good sign? I'm getting so excited thinking that I may be able to breastfeed - I'd do anything to be able to!! I'm just worried that the changes may not mean anything at all. Has anyone had the same changes as me and still not been able to breastfeed? And is there anything I can do to maximise my chances once the baby is born?
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  • @llli*cosmicbabe's Avatar
    April 13th, 2014, 01:11 PM
    What do u do?!? My little guy turned 1 this week and for the past few weeks it's been getting more difficult to get him to sleep. He has always been breast fed to sleep and it worked a treat. Also worked through the night. Quick feed then back to sleep, all be it anywhere from 3-15 times a night eek!!! Anyway... He has started to feed with his eyes open and then get up and not want to nurse any longer but is visibly tired?.. It's like it's just lost that magic power of putting him to sleep. If I put him in his cot awake he screams blue murder and I haven't tried crying it out as not sure I agree with that... I've tried a dummy which is hit and miss. Most times he pulls it out and throws it in the floor so I'm back to rocking him!... It's worse at 2.3.4 in the morning as he is so awake! Help!!!!
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  • @llli*lovebug84's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 02:26 PM
    I am going back to work, at a hospital and will be returning at 12 weeks post partum. Any suggestions? I need to pump, and don't always get my scheduled breaks on time. Do I need to be very strict about my schedule or can I be a couple hours give or take? I will be away from baby about 11 hours (including drive time etc). I am scared. To be honest, this is my first time working while pregnant/breastfeeding. This give me such anxiety. I'm trying not to let myself get worked up but its hard. Its a lot of unknown...
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  • @llli*cmorrisrn's Avatar
    April 12th, 2014, 09:27 PM
    Hi there! I'm writing in hopes to get some advise on how to end my 8 month old son's strike on bottles. He is a breastfed baby but was introduced to bottles of pumped breast milk when he was 2 months old in anticipation of my return to work. He has never taken a bottle enthusiastically, but did well enough with some encouragement. However, over the past several weeks, it has been increasingly difficult to get him to accept the bottle. The past two nights, he hasn't drank any milk while I am at work. I am a nurse and when I work, it is 14 hours that I am away from him and I worry that he will get dehydrated. We have bought more bottles than I can list, but he won't even let us get the nipple near him. He gets quite upset and pushes the bottle away. We have also tried sippy cups, but just as with the bottles, he pushes them away when they get close to his face. His dad has tried holding him in different positions and even wearing my shirts, but baby wants nothing to do with it. Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Unfortunately, there is no way that I can nurse him on my breaks, so we need to figure something out! I feel like a terrible mother because he is suffering and I don't know how to help him.
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  • @llli*joshuas.mommy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    Hi, many of you "know" me as I've posted here multiple times before. My DS is almost 2.5 and for the past several weeks, has really been ramping up his requests for nu-nu (what we call nursing). This confuses me. We had been down to around 3-4 times a day. Now suddenly he wants to nurse multiple times in the morning before work, and usually several times in the evening as well. He asks less often if we're out and about or if Daddy is around, but if it's just the two of us nursing seems to be his favorite activity. I asked him today why he wanted so much nu-nu and he said "because I miss you, Mama!". I don't know if I planted that idea in his head...I asked one time a few weeks ago after a period where I'd been working a lot if he wanted nu-nu because he missed me and maybe he caught onto that and it stuck? Or maybe that really is the reason. I don't know. I don't feel like I've been away from home an unusual amount the last week or two but we did have visitors in town and have been busy with Passover, etc. so maybe he's not getting as much one-on-one time as he usually does. I'm just somewhat confused and a little bit bothered by the fact that we seem to be going BACKWARDS with regard to nursing. I had thought he'd be well along in the weaning process by now. I am willing to continue nursing awhile longer but I don't know if nursing all the time is good for him at this point. His father thinks he should be weaned already (although he is tolerating our nursing without any...
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  • @llli*mammadiliv's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 01:30 PM
    Hi all, I was taken to the ER this morning for kidney stones, where they gave me morphine and then another anti-inflammatory to take at home in the next few days till the stones pass. I breastfeed my 21 month old in the morning and before bedtime, so in order not to lose my milk I rented an electric (medela) breast pump this afternoon. I just pumped (for the first time) and I didn't even get to 2 oz. Is that normal for the age of my baby? Or did I not do it long enough? (15 minutes per boob). Is this how much she gets from me too? I have no idea about ounces because I am a SAHM and have never pumped before. I really do NOT want to lose my supply! Thanks, Ann
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  • @llli*tara17gregory's Avatar
    April 15th, 2014, 12:53 PM
    Since 2 weeks our baby cries all day long (not during the night) At first dr thought it was reflux, tried zantac without any changes. Now they want him to see a GI dr because he could be having problems digesting breastmilk. His stools are pure water and very much projectile. They said there should be somewhat of a substance to them and they shouldn't all absorb into the diaper. My question is, can I do anything to help this? I've already tried cutting out dairy without luck. I hate for him to be unable to digest my milk properly.
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  • @llli*lmk2010's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 02:17 PM
    Hello, What are the thoughts on the forum of an 8 mo old growth spurt? I'm sure it just differs by baby but thought I'd get some feedback. My LO just turned 8 mo old and was sleeping quite consistently through the night and breastfeeding 5 times throughout the day. For the past 4-5 days he is waking up at 2 am and 5:30 am and while before he would settle himself he is now up and ready to eat. I'm sure its a toss up on whether he is growing or if its teething (he is working on teeth 7 and 8 already!) or a combination of both. Did anyone else experience this? He is already 20 pounds so is gaining very well. Thanks
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  • @llli*elliemommy's Avatar
    April 16th, 2014, 10:05 AM
    I have started pump weaning and I am not sure what is going on with my supply (I know it is dropping but beyond that) Instead of pumping on a schedule I am only pumping when I feel full. I have dropped my morning pump session which was only yielding about 1/2 oz since I nursed first. That is around 6:30 am and I do not usually pump again until about 12:30. This session has been getting later and later the past few months. Sometimes I pump again right before I leave the office and I pump again when I get home but we just dropped to one bottle at day care so I assume that will become a longer nursing session instead. For some reason between 4pm and 9 pm I always feel full and uncomfortable. I am fine with this schedule, especially if I can eliminate the second pump at work but I am concerned that I have essentially stopped feeling full in the morning but continue to always feel full in the afternoon. Is this normal and is this going to get me pump weaned this century or am I doing it all wrong? TIA!
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  • @llli*rebekahb's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 07:41 PM
    My son had a tongue and lip tie procedure about 3 weeks ago after 4months of struggles. I finally have gotten him to nurse, but he'll only nurse to sleep. He won't nurse during his awake meal times. Any suggestions? Should I just count my blessings that he's nursing at all? I work at home full-time but my husband has to give him bottles while I'm working.
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  • @llli*fezlie's Avatar
    April 17th, 2014, 10:41 AM
    After 16 months, I left for work today without my pump and feeling nervous, anxious, weird!! It has become a part of my life for so long and I am honestly scared to see if this will change my supply, or alter my nursing relationship with my son. I will have to make it through the day without my afternoon "oxytocin break" and once again, start learning how to find stress relief and feel connected with my little guy in other ways when we are away. Feels weird to admit that I had somewhat gotten "addicted" to my pump-- at least psychologically... Let's hope I don't end up running home at lunchtime to get my afternoon pump in. No!! I can DO THIS!!
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  • @llli*undergroundmuse's Avatar
    April 14th, 2014, 08:49 AM
    Hello, This is my first post but I have been reading forums since my daughter was born 8 months ago. It will be a long one, so sorry about that but my story is complicated and I need your help! Here’s some background - LO has been refusing breast occasionally since she was born, and it’s always around my ovulation and a week into my period (I got my period when she was only 2 months :(, calcium+magnesium+zinc supplements didn’t help much). I had 3 bouts of mastitis so far, two treated with Clindamycin. LO started to poop green and slimy with streaks of blood when she was 2,5 MO and every ped I met said it’s probably cow milk protein allergy. Even though I didn’t believe it, I went on dairy free diet. It took almost 5 months before the poor thing was diagnosed with pseudomembranous colitis caused by Clostridium difficile infection. FYI Clindamycin is known to propagate infection and she probably got the bacteria back in the hospital during delivery. The next person who tells me that green poop is normal is getting a punch in their face! Anyway, to cut the story short, she started to stagnate in weight and height because of the illness. My supply has been reduced because she seemed to have lost appetite over time (I always nursed on demand) so I started to pump 10 days ago instead of feeding hypoallergenic formula like pedi suggested (it’s the most disgusting thing I ever tasted in my life!). I rented a single electric pump at the hospital (double electric is not...
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