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  • @llli*mrshal07's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 01:55 PM
    Hi everyone! My name is Carolyn and I just had my first baby, a boy, on October 30. He came in at 7 lbs 7 ounces and at his 2 week appointment he was up to 8 lbs 6 ounces. The first week and half, two weeks were great. He nursed every 2.5 to 3 hours and would fall right back to sleep. Sometimes I would have to wake him to nurse. Well now, poor Magnus is having a hard time and so is Mama! I feel so bad and need some advice. We are desperate! Magnus is wanting to nurse practically every hour. I offer both breasts with a burp between and after. But what's getting us is the gas. He wakes himself up screaming with gas. I just don't know how to help or if I'm doing something wrong. He will nurse for 15-30 minutes on the first side, then 5-8 minutes on the second. If you need more info or have advice, I am willing to listen and try anything to help my sweet boy! Thanks.
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  • @llli*mamer3's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 06:51 AM
    My little girl will be 3 weeks old on Wednesday. I didn't manage to breastfeed my other two children so I am determined to do so this time! It was all going well and we got through engorgement, cracked nipple and blocked ducts. She always opened her mouth wide and latched on straight away. Then when she was 2 weeks old everything changed. She suddenly became so difficult to latch. She just will not open her mouth wide at all when I try to latch her on. She's also turning her head rooting but it's off the wrong way! Her head goes down towards my legs and it's hard to even get her back to where the nipple is. I rub it from nose to chin but she still won't open. She seems to want to just suck the nipple in and her tongue is all over the place. She is definitely hungry and her hands are going crazy and getting in the way and her head is flying off in the wrong direction. When I do get her on its sore throughout the feed with a burning pain on the top or bottom of the nipple on each suck. At the end of the feed or as soon as I take or off to try again there is a white ridge across the nipple and sometimes a white area on the top of the nipple. I now keep taking her off until it's either right or I give up and put up with the least amount of pain. The constant taking her on and off makes me so sore as well. Between the two battles of getting her to latch on in the first place and then for it to be correct and not painful its becoming increasingly difficult and...
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    November 15th, 2014, 11:14 PM
    ^ and won't nap. I read most of the threads on this. and I've gathered: So long as weight gain isn't an issue, it's okay to let baby comfort nurse Fussing at the breast can either mean slow flow or a fast flow ( but I can't really tell which it is) What I couldn't determine is how to get some sleep. lol. Today, LO has just been wanting to be at the breast. I don't mind, really, she'll be seven weeks on sunday, and we had a rough start, so I figure a lot of what she's doing is catch up. It's also a benefit to me as that helps with my milk supply. We've been at it since....wow. since about 2AM this morning. I had a few breaks here and there were she didn't want to nurse and was content, she didn't even want to comfort suck.
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  • @llli*3littlesprouts's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 09:02 PM
    Let me start by saying i live in a foreign country where health care is not the best. The doctors are 20 years behind, at least! Everything my doctor says i take with a grain of salt, although looking back i have made MANY mistakes based on his advice. I recently went in for my twins 6 month check-ups and he informed me they were not gaining enough weight. I'm supposed to come back when they turn 7 months to check it, and if it's not sufficient i'm supposed to start supplementing with formula. I have worked extremely hard to build up my milk supply and the thought of giving them formula just like THAT just doesn't feel right. He suggested giving them two feedings of solids instead of one. That seems like too much to me, and i thought breast milk had more calories in it? In the mean time i decided to go back to taking my fenugreek and blessed thistle in case its a milk supply issue, i also am trying to feed them for a little bit longer at each feeding. I typically have 3-4 letdowns per feeding, more in the evening. When they wake in the night, i bring them both into bed with me, and they feed quite a bit until morning. Slightly difficult/annoying, but i do love the night time snuggles and the extra sleep i get. Here are the facts. Baby A was born at 5 lb 3 oz, Baby B was born at 4 lb 1 oz. They were born at 36 weeks. I don't have all the weights in between, but I'm pretty sure it was 4 months when they doubled their weight. Now, Baby A is weighing 13 lbs 9 oz and...
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  • @llli*darcy.smum's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 05:28 PM
    Good evening, I am new to this forum . During the weekend it occurred to me how alone I feel. I am a 'been there got the tee-shirt breastfeeding mum'. 18 years ago I breast fed my daughter for 18 months and three years later my now 15 year old for another 18 months. Now... second marriage, I have an almost ten month old daughter and am happily breastfeeding her. However, whilst shopping over the weekend I sat in the JL breastfeeding area amongst the 'new' mums. I received a few strange looks , to my feeding, in comparison, 'huge baby'. I felt excluded from their conversations as though it was weird for me to still be feeding my baby. Now, I have to mention, whilst terribly shy, I will feed my baby anywhere . If I am having a coffee, and my daughter wants milk, then she will receive. I feed in church , I fed on the bus for the first time last week. Sadly I do receive strange looks and odd comments. Has time changed that much in 18 years or am I more sensitive in my forties? I would really welcome your views. PS... my husband hates me breastfeeding which is why I cannot confide how I am feeling to him.
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  • @llli*ziwa's Avatar
    November 14th, 2014, 04:57 AM
    Hi guys, My toddler is turning 2 soon. Which means I have breastfed every day (and every night) for two years now! I can hardly believe it! Nowadays nursing only happens 4 times in 24 hours, and for just 1 or 2 minutes. The rare day that he is really into nursing is the day spent with breastfeeding-averse people ha ha!! But despite the great decrease in production, it is still important it is there for him: Today, while coaxing our toddler into the bedroom for his bed time, my husband jokingly said: "Come quickly, otherwise I'll drink all your milk!" No response. Then he said: "Nearly all gone, hurry if you still want some!". He ran over to us, and looked stunned.... Then laughed, realising it was a joke. My husband then said: "Sorry... Drank it all. All gone." The smile faded while it sank in, and then our toddler sternly said: "No, daddy! My milk! Not daddy milk. Me milk!" And waved his finger at his daddy. We bursted out laughing (joined by our toddler) - it was too cute how he calmly but sternly told his daddy off. (It reminds me of the "I ate all your Halloween candy" prank, clearly breast milk is still important to him!) Anyway, I feel lucky and happy to have been able to nurse my son, and for this amount of time, something I never thought I'd be doing, and enjoyed hanging out (often on the background) on this forum to read posts from like-minded people.
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  • @llli*toastedpea's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 12:23 AM
    Dear mamas, I have a bunch of questions (some very silly, perhaps) regarding pumping to increase supply. I was looking at this KellyMom article: http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/milkproduction/ The article says to pump immediately after a feed if baby doesn't empty well. My baby does not empty well in the mornings. She's typically done feeding at about 6:30 or 7:30am and then takes a 30 - 45min nap at 9am and is next hungry at 10am. So that's her next feeding time. She doesn't drink much at 10am either. Now, if I pump after the 7:30am feeding or the 10am feeding, I'd probably get 3-4 oz or maybe more. But since I produce more in the morning, I feel like if I remove this amount of milk after the first feeding, there may not be much left for her 10am feeding. Am I wrong? So some of my silly questions are: i) When moms pump immediately following a nursing session or in between nursing sessions, what is left for the next nursing session? If the baby does not get enough in this next nursing session, then what does one do?? I feel like this is my best opportunity to increase supply (mornings) since she feeds less often in the mornings. But I also feel like I'll be removing most of my daily milk (10 - 15%), and it won't be available for my baby when I feed her next. If I had not removed it, it would have been available for the next few nursing sessions. You see how I'm stuck here and going round and round :) ii) While pumping to increase supply, is the idea to...
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  • @llli*peijie's Avatar
    November 16th, 2014, 09:27 AM
    How do I tell if my newborn is hungry, tired or just need comfort? Whenever he cry, we will check his diaper first. Then check if he's hungry. He will always open his mouth wide. Try to offer him a pacifier to see if he just wan to suck for comfort but he will reject the pacifier and start screaming. So I will latch him. But he only latch for maybe 2-3 min and reject. Half an hour later the same thing happen. So I will latch and he will fall asleep. Is he really hungry? My baby is turning 2 month on 21.
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  • @llli*cindyksc's Avatar
    November 15th, 2014, 11:10 PM
    My baby has been gaining weight well for the first 3 months. During the 4th month, however, she seems to not be gaining weight at all. She is energetic and looks happy. I assume she is a small eater as she often just nurse a short while on the breast (sometimes just under a minute) and then fall asleep or suckle for comfort or simply distracted by other things. I used to give her bottle randomly during her first 2 months which she took forever to drink and such small volume too. Because of my assumption, I nurse her very frequently, like before and after every nap, for fear that she may not be eating enough. She is always ready to nurse at least for a short, short while, even if she doesn't appear hungry. I have asked the doctor about her weight issue during her last immunization. The doctor just prescribed vitamin syrup. Now...should I be worried about her not gaining weight for a month? And is there a possibility that she is not eating enough yet not complaining about it?
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  • @llli*kevins-mom's Avatar
    November 14th, 2014, 10:38 AM
    My little boy is 2y8m. He nurses 1-2 times a day, always before bed and some days before his nap. Lately I've just been feeling blah about nursing. I used to use nursing as a tool to help him fall asleep but there is simply not enough milk for him to nurse to sleep now. I am exhausted because he is a bad sleeper in general and it takes us 1-2 hours to get him to sleep each night. I have to distract myself while nursing otherwise I get very mad at him. He loves nursing and just wants more milk when it simply isn't there. I am not interested in adding back nursing sessions and am not looking to wean either. I'm just want to reach a happy point where I enjoy nursing him again. He reaches in my shirt to touch my other breast when he is nursing and it drives me crazy. I make him stop and give him a choice and tell him he can only have one side at a time. I don't mind giving him a choice but sometimes he sucks so hard that it hurts when he never did before. Not sure how to help him, I wish he could get as much milk as he wants (but don't we all?) Anything I can do to feel comfortable nursing again?
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  • @llli*diegodali's Avatar
    November 16th, 2014, 08:12 AM
    He does not sleep and he is fuzzy at night
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  • @llli*mamazevi's Avatar
    November 16th, 2014, 01:13 PM
    Hi, My little one is a little over 2 weeks old. We got off to a difficult start with breastfeeding. After a c-section, my baby lost 10% of his birth weight by the time he was 2 days old. We had a hard time finding a latch and my milk was late to come in. He was tongue tied and this was fixed when he was two days old. In the hospital they gave him donor breastmilk until I was able to get my hands on a clinical grade pump. When we went home when he was 4 days old I could not get him to latch for the first week or more. My milk started to come in by day 4 and I did not experience engorgement. I was exclusively pumping and supplementing until about 5 days ago. During this time I broke down and used a bottle and paced feeding because the SNS system and using our finger to feed him was leaving me exhausted and overwhelmed. Thankfully I have a solid milk supply and some good guidance from a LC. He has been steadily gaining weight and as of 2 days ago he was back to his birth weight. Starting 5 days ago my LC felt that his latch was good and my milk was strong and she wanted us to start exclusively breastfeeding, using a nipple shield when needed. At this point I am able to get him to latch 50% of the time without the nipple shield. I also experience quite a bit of discomfort when he latches but as he feeds the discomfort goes away. My LC said this initial latch pain is normal for some women and will hopefully go away at some point. Has anyone experienced this? The...
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  • @llli*anikuv's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 08:55 PM
    I am exclusively breast feeding my 7 months old baby girl. I pump 4-5 times/day on weekdays and try power pumping on weekends. I have been bottle feeding her since i started working since she was 3 months old and breastfeed her in the evenings/night. I have noticed an overall decrease in amount of milk i express while pumping but off late have noticed more decreased in quantity. I eat fenugreek leaves/seeds, have satavarex (asparagus powder), sesame seeds, oatmeal daily. I would want to continue pumping and feeding her breast milk. Please help to increase the supply.
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  • @llli*lexi113's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 03:44 PM
    Hi All! New to LLLI. LO was born 9.9oz on 7/22 and milk flow was excellent! BF on demand and pumped when she slept. Once or twice a week we'd give her formula followed by BF before bed. She has slept 7-11 hours every night since we brought her home. After she'd finish BFing, I'd pump and then again in the morning. Engorgement would wake me up - or waking in a puddle! Morning pumps were making 8-9oz (Left breast) and 4-5oz (right breast) Fast forward 2 months. I had appendicitis 9/20 and was released from the hospital on 9/21 - unable to pump while I was there so I hand expressed. Came home and pumped and dumped (anesthesia) until nighttime 9/22. Beginning the next day we started to BF again like clock work (and pump when she slept). Morning pump still making 8-9oz/ 5-6oz. Every midday bottle was making 4.-5oz (x2) I began working again on 10/20. Since 10/20 I have produced 4oz/4oz in the morning, I pump every 2 hours only getting 1.5oz/1oz. I leave at 7am and get home at 7pm. The first thing we do is BF from both breasts - baby SCREAMS!!!!! There's just not enough. I usually have to give her one of the 2-3oz bottles I made. We have to supplement with formula during the day because the tiny bottles I'm bringing home from work just aren't cutting it!
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  • @llli*shenny's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 10:10 AM
    Ever since I found out I was pregnant I've been determined to breastfeed. The trouble was that I had this image of delivering my baby as naturally as possible, taking her into my arms, and feeding her with no difficulty. Unfortunately, I had to be induced, never dilated, and ended up with a c-section Halloween morning. But my little redheaded pumpkin was perfectly healthy and beautiful and I was happy nonetheless. No one bothered to explain how hard it would be to breastfeed with large breasts, though (I was a DD cup before I got pregnant) so you can imagine my devastation when I tried to feed her at first. She latched, but only when a nurse half-heartedly helped me or my fiance supported her head for me. I'd told the nurses with utter confidence that I strictly wanted to breastfeed, but she was't getting enough to eat and ended up with jaundice... so of course I had to consent to give her formula. It was taking me too long to get her to eat and I was pretty terrified, We had to keep her under the lights as much as possible so the nurses advised us just to give her a bottle. I have to admit I cried quite a lot looking at her under those lights and knowing it was basically my fault she was sick. The pediatrician at the hospital even asked if I was still going to breastfeed and when I told him I was he said, "Well, the nurses were pretty sure you were just going to quit and switch to the bottle." I thought it would be easier when I got home. But my mom was here to...
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  • @llli*pippa.smomuk's Avatar
    November 16th, 2014, 05:31 AM
    Hi Ladies I have been lurking on the forum for a while and thought it was time to contribute! I don't really have a problem, but DH thinks otherwise so thought I would ask for some more experienced views. DD is our first baby and she's 9.5 months old. She was EBF until 6 months when we started baby led solids. Up until a couple of days ago she was nursing pretty much every 2 hours during the day, and the introduction of solids hadn't really altered that (at night she goes to bed about 8, has a dream feed about 10ish, then will wake anywhere between 1 and 4 am, and then normally once more before waking up for the day. She will nurse every time she wakes and we co sleep after her first waking) Then all of a sudden, it seemed to me, she wanted to go longer between nursings during the day. I kept offering as normal (when I felt the tingle or when she asked) but she wasn't interested until after 4 hours. She even let me know by giving me a little nip! So I'm thinking this is fine. I'll probably pump when she would've nursed in case this is a phase, and to put in my freezer stash. But when I mentioned it to DH he was desperately trying to find a reason (is she poorly, what's upset her, who's been round? No, nothing, no-one). She's eating more now (solids) than she throws on the floor, and she's busy as a bee in the day practising standing up, giving little speeches etc, and I figure she'll ask for what she wants. She can always catch up at night. To be honest...
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  • @llli*mstefater's Avatar
    November 14th, 2014, 04:45 AM
    My 5-week old son has slept 7-8 hours a few times. He is a big baby and is gaining weight well, so I do not feel the need to wake him earlier. However, I wonder if I should be waking to pump in between. I have occasionally hand expressed a small amount for comfort (although in general the discomfort is not sleep-prohibitive), but have not used the pump overnight. Should I be pumping on nights that he sleeps for extended periods? He is exclusively breastfed and I fear compromising my supply, but on the other hand want to enjoy the sleep if there isn't a need to pump overnight!
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  • @llli*browncow's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 09:33 AM
    Hi all it's been awhile! Baby #3 joined our family two weeks ago and breast feeding has gone beautifully until now. DS2 is losing suction and smacking while eating and I'm not sure what if anything I can do to fix it. I had thought it might resolve when my engorgement went away but thats been a couple of days and it has not :( He is not TT but is upper lip tied; his latch seems ok though and had been very comfortable until now, unlike my first two. Help please!
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  • @llli*varuuka's Avatar
    November 17th, 2014, 11:30 AM
    I'm planning to begin weaning my baby at 1 year (in one month), but I'm having a hard time finding information on what my baby can switch to other than cow's milk once she is weaned from breast milk. I'm considering goat milk and coconut milk but am trying to learn more about the benefits or disadvantages of each? I've heard that no milk besides cow's milk has the right nutrients or fats for brain development. Is that true?
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  • @llli*erikaf's Avatar
    November 14th, 2014, 01:34 PM
    Hello-- I currently nurse my 14 month old 4x a day - he only nurses on his preferred side now upon waking and before naps/bed. I would like to get pregnant soon, but my main fear is my milk supply dropping. I've read on kelly mom and other sites that the drop in supply typically happens around 4-5 months, but on other blogs, women have reported their supply dropping almost immediately. Can anyone share their experience? My little guy is my main concern and I don't want to have to suddenly wean. Thanks so much.
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  • @llli*delecto's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 11:06 PM
    Hi all. I recently went back to work (last week) and am already having concerns about supply. I'm trying to be relaxed about it but, well, it's hard. I pumped for and BF my son for nearly a year, but can't remember all the details around this transition time. A bit of info: DD is almost 19 weeks old, EBF, almost 13 lbs. She takes the bottle just fine. Right now, she wakes 1-2 times at night to nurse, then sometime before I leave for work (between 6 and 7?). I pump 3x at work, then nurse her again right when I get home, and at bedtime. So about 7-8 times (she nurses 7-9x when we're together). I've been leaving 4 3.5oz bottles (today Grandma gave her an entire extra bottle from my small freezer stash and she "gulped it down." I think it was more her need to suck vs hunger). I'm gone 9-10 hours. I have a double pump (Medela PISA) with new parts, drink about 64oz of water. Try to get rest. Eat reasonably well. Do compressions at the end of the session. And yet. I can barely get to that 14oz that's needed. Today I was closer to 12. Because her night/morning schedule is erratic, I haven't been able to add a session (with DS, he'd eat around 6/6:30 and I'd pump right after. But this little lady isn't that consistent yet). So. My questions are: Any additional tips? I'm going to try a bowl of oatmeal each morning. My breasts feel super empty after pumping (and now in the evening) but I don't feel that way on a nursing-only day. Is this normal? Should I maybe leave 4...
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  • @llli*lesliereiter's Avatar
    November 14th, 2014, 09:20 AM
    Hi ladies, I'm new to the forums, this is my first post. My name is Leslie and I have a 4 month old daughter. Two weeks ago I had a severe case of Mastitis, fever hitting 104. It was awful and I had to take antibiotics. My problem since then is I'm NOT having letdown anymore :cry I don't know if it's a result from my Mastitis or what, but 3-5 times a day I used to feel letdown, and made sure to breast feed or pump soon there after. My breasts normally leak through my shirt if I don't wear nursing pads, however, last night I accidentally forgot to wear them to bed and woke up with a dry shirt. Did I break my nips!? :huh Thanks in advance for any advice.
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  • @llli*martekm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    Hi, I'm new to the site / forum. I have decided to post as I am at a complete loss with breastfeeding my one month old daughter. As a matter of fact my issues are very similar to what another member described in her post (LINK). I had a rocky start as I did not know what to do when DD was first born. I received a bit of help in the hospital but when we came home I wasn't providing her with enough food, and she was almost constantly crying. Four days later, we visited a lactation consultant at the hospital that showed me the basics - we settled on a football hold as DD moves her head around a lot. Fast forward two weeks later, I don't know what happened but I started to experience a stabbing pain at the bottom of my nipple. I cringed every time I put DD on, and had to often re-latch her. I switched to a cross-cradle position but we never fully recovered. I could get her latched on without pain on the left side after few tries, but the right one was completely out of service. I continued to feed her only on the left side thinking it was sufficient (she'd stay on for about 20 minutes, and go to sleep). At the start of last week, she started to get extremely fussy, she'd battle me the minute I'd try to latch her on, she'd push me away, move her head around, move her tongue - it was a complete nightmare. Three days into it, I again went to see LC. To my despair, the LC checked her weight, and she was still not back at her birth weight. I was not feeding her...
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  • @llli*bcsant's Avatar
    Today, 11:51 AM
    Hey mamas - I am EBF my 4 week old and am now having a few concerns, but am not sure if I should even be worried. For the first few weeks, he had great, "typical" BF poops - yellow and seedy. Now, they range in color and texture. For example, his first 3 poops today were yellow, but not seedy. Then, he started having dark green, kinda slimy poops. Sometimes a bit runny. He nurses on one side only (I thought this was the best way for him to get hindmilk?) at each feeding. Obviously, if he is still hungry, I will switch to the other side - but he's never seemed to need it. He generally "falls off" or lets go of the latch naturally when he is full.
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