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  • @llli*csmf's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 01:52 PM
    My first born was nursed to sleep for every nap and evening because he had reflux and would only nurse while sleeping. That confined me to my dark bedroom for an entire year. My second LO is 12 weeks old this week and I'm thinking if I should stop nursing him to sleep. I'm concerned that I'm actually teaching him that nursing to sleep is how to fall asleep. Everywhere I turn, everything I read says not to nurse them to sleep. Or if nursing them to sleep, put them in their crib once asleep. Well for the past few days, I have tried and continued to fail at transferring him from my arms to his crib for every single nap. I spend 20-30 mins first to make sure he is in deep sleep, then try to put him down. He wakes up within a minute or two. Then we start all over again. It's just driving me insane. Can someone tell me that it's perfectly okay to nurse their baby to sleep and continue to hold them when they nap, and that this will end?? He will sleep in his crib at night, waking every few hours which is expected.
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  • @llli*breastfeedinglp's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 11:32 AM
    My breasts used to feel engorged almost all the time. Milk would usually leak out at the beginning of feeds because it would be too fast for baby and my breasts would spray pretty hard if baby unlatched. Baby would eat for about 5 minutes (i would hear continuous gulping/swallowing) and be done. Now at 10 weeks, I think my breasts have finally regulated so that they feel pretty soft and milk does not spray out like before. I know this does not mean that my supply is low. However- I think baby is used to the fast flow and is having a hard time adjusting. She will nurse ok for maybe 2 or 3 minutes and as soon as I stop hearing swallowing, she will start pulling at my breasts and turning her head while still latched or spitting my nipple out a bit so that she is gumming it. I pull her off when she does this since it is painful but then I worry that she is not getting enough to eat and/or my supply will suffer since she is not suckling. I tried breast compression and they help a bit but not much and even with switch feeding, she only feeds well the first time at each breast. Then she does the nipple pulling thing again. When I offer the breast after I pull her off, she will take it but immediately refuse pulling on me. I am concerned that she is not eating enough and is hungry because she will cry even after feeds whereas before she would usually fall asleep for a few minutes after nursing. Yesterday, I'm not sure if it was because she was crying so much and...
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  • @llli*zachary.smommy's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 08:51 AM
    So my baby is almost 5.5 months now and I would like to start baby led solids after 6 months. This is all completely new to me. I want to start with things like sweet potato and avocado and go from there. I am wondering about what foods are unsafe (I know about hot dogs and grapes, peanuts etc) and what are some other good foods to start with. Is there a certain age I should wait before introducing meat and how do I go about preparing/offering meat? And should I be waiting until a year old to give cheese or yogurt? Eggs? Can cheerios be started right away? My mom mentioned to me that she did purees with me, but when she had my sister 10 years later she would give real food, like she would cook frozen peas and carrots until they were soft. Is that okay? I am afraid of choking. I don't know about the size/shape of foods I should be giving. I have seen pictures of giving big wedges that the babies hold and gnaw on, but also read that everything should be cut like the size of a thin French fry. This is a bit scary for me and kind of sad since I feel like it hasn't been very long that we have had a good nursing experience, and now we are getting to an age where he is starting the weaning process. Not that I want to stop nursing anytime soon. I want to make sure that nursing does not get interrupted.
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  • @llli*babybraz's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 11:22 AM
    My baby has grown increasingly fidgety in the last few weeks while nursing. She's always been a very efficient feeder (max 10 minutes per side), but lately after 2-3 minutes she's been very grabby, scratchy, pinchy, you name it. My clothes, hair, jewelry, face, glasses, etc. Is that her way of telling me she's out of milk and bored? Or is she just being a pain? :) Suggestions welcome for diagnosing and dealing with the fidgeting. It's very cumbersome especially when we're in public. If I'm in a chair she also pushes off with her feet, which makes her hard to position.
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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    Hi everyone, I started taking Nora B birth control mini pill a few months ago. It was shortly after that when I noticed my babies poop started getting really green and mucusy. I'm wondering if anyone experienced something similar? I know it's not supposed to affect breastfeeding at all, but just wondering your thoughts. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*minimuls's Avatar
    May 2nd, 2016, 08:42 PM
    I am currently experiencing my second case of Mastitis (started last Thursday) and I have had reoccurring plugged-ducts. My little one is 9 weeks and is my second baby. I had BFing issues with reoccurring plugged-ducts in this same side with my 1st baby... so I am not sure if there isn't some sort of trama from the first time that has caused these issues. The plugged ducts basically feel like a ball, that I am able to work down to individual little strings that have little beads that I cannot get to go away. I have been taking lechthin, garlic, Vitamin C, a probiotic, B-Complex, and GSE to help combat prevent the plugs (no luck) and to prevent thrush. I am pumping, feeding often (we have a comforatable lach), I have him lach in different positions, iceing, constantly massaging and taking hot showers to help drain, dangle feeding, and have tried every suggested method to drain. It never seems that I am able to complely drain. With both cases of Mastitis the fever and symptoms came on extremely fast, the striping, fever, and flu like symptoms have gone away but I am still having breast sorness where the lump and beads keep showing up. Any advice would be greatly appricated.
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  • @llli*mamad's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 10:29 PM
    I had my son 6 weeks ago today. I was exclusively breastfeeding him for the first 4 weeks until I developed abscess in my left breast which cause horrible swelling and made it impossible to release milk through pumping, nursing or by hand expressing. I had to have surgery to removed the fluid and abscesses which left me in the hospital for 3 days. My son was then introduced to formula because I was unable to breastfeed due to the medications. I have been able to feed on the right and pump off of the right, but my nipple on the left is slightly deformed and is in a shape in which my son cannot latch, but I can still pump. I want him to get off of the formula now that I can pump and feed him but when I feed him off of my right, he'll eat between 10-40 minutes, unlatch himself and then refuse to re latch no matter how much time I try to wait or position I try. He'll cry and eat his hands and so we feed him formula to make sure he's full because my husband has convinced me I am not producing enough milk to feed him on the one side. I am actively pumping, but can barely produce a 3 oz bottle per day. I have been making "boobie smoothies", lactation cookies, taking fenugreek and trying to make my son actively latch more with lots of skin to skin but nothing is working. I want to breastfeed my son 100% again. Every time I give him a bottle of formula, my heart breaks and I feel like a terrible mother. (Not saying that giving your child formula makes you a terrible mom,...
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  • @llli*j323cole's Avatar
    May 4th, 2016, 05:23 PM
    As a first time mom I've been having a very very hard time with breastfeeding. We had issues latching at the beginning and I could only get him to nurse while using a nipple shield because I had very little to no help while I was in the hospital. We started having to supplement with a bottle at night and that one bottle turned into more as the weeks passed. My son is now 13 weeks and I'm not making nearly enough milk to keep him fed. I started taking fenugreek, drinking mothers milk tea, drinking as much water and Gatorade as I can stand, eating oatmeal and making lactation cookies and nothing is helping. I've talked with my family doctor and my ob and they are saying to do what I've already been doing for weeks. There has got to be a way for me to get back my supply so I can continue to breastfeed. I have been pumping every 3 hours and each time I seem to get less and less. The most I am pumping is 2 ounces from both breast combined. I don't want to give up but I'm almost to the point of just giving up and going 100% formula. :( any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*florida2001's Avatar
    May 4th, 2016, 05:03 AM
    hi, my baby is 5.5 months old and I'm breastfeeding only. I tried couple of times to offer bottle with formula(before we go sleep), because my baby is waking up during the night every 3 hours hungry. She is refusing bottle. I will travel next month and was hoping to give her formula on the long flight (11 hours) to avoid breastfeeding every few hours. Can somebody give me an idea how to learn her take bottle. I am happy to continue breastfeeding, its just the odd occasion when I need to go out without her, that it would be nice to leave daddy to look after her thank you
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  • @llli*raychulltek's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 08:39 AM
    Hello All-- I'm new here so a little background info... I am a first time mom. I became pregnant in Aug 2015 and was diagnosed with incompetent cervix in December due to a cone biopsy I had done to remove cervical cancer in 2011. I had a cerclage placed at 19 weeks and my cervical length was stable until 28 weeks when it started to shorten and then 31 weeks I funneled to the stitch. At 32 weeks my water broke and I spent a week in the hospital until giving birth to my daughter, Lulu, at 33 week2days. She was 4lbs1oz and needed to be intubated at first but was quickly extubated (45 mins later), on cpap for a day, and other than that and a touch of jaundice, she just needed to feed and grow. She spent 12 days in the NICU. After she was born, I pumped right away and supplemented at first with formula for the first 4 days until my milk was in and since then she has been on my breast milk only. We attempted breastfeeding twice a day with the help of lactation consultants in the NICU but couldn't establish a good latch. I focused mostly on bottle feeding because it seemed to be what was helping her to thrive and got her home so quickly. She's now home and at 6 weeks old weighs 7lbs2oz. She is doing so well. We've been home for a month now and a few days ago I decided to make a real go at getting her to take the breast. We've established a good latch and she has been successfully breastfeeding twice a day but I'm struggling with a few issues that I am hoping to get some advice...
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  • @llli*thawingsnow's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 09:31 AM
    First, I wanted to celebrate reaching the two year mark!!! Feel like shouting it from the rooftops, so thought I'd celebrate here. It's been so worth it and useful and gets better all the time! I'm so grateful! Little one nurses about 8 to 10 times a day total, depending on the situation, could be more or less, we nurse on demand for short or long sessions depending. Secondly, I'm thinking about taking a kelp capsule. It has 325 mg of natural iodine in it. Will this negatively affect my nursing toddler or my milk supply? Thank ypu so much! You ladies are remarkable and have been such a source of strength and info on the nursing journey!
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  • @llli*bk12's Avatar
    May 3rd, 2016, 02:09 AM
    My baby is five months old and breastfeeding has always gone pretty well. She has had teeth since the end of her third month, but as of this week, she has begun to bite... hard. She bites me almost every time we nurse during the day, and only her night nursing sessions while she is half-asleep are bite-free. When she bites me, I shout “Ouch” and tell her “No” in a severe and scary voice, but she just grins and laughs. Even when I look and sound upset, it has no effect on her and she just finds it funny. Ending the nursing session doesn’t seem to bother her either, since if she had her way, she would never nurse at all during the daytime. During the last few weeks, Baby has decided that she is not interested in eating or sleeping, and she fights against both with all her might. She resists until she is fussing and crying with hunger and exhaustion, yet still refuses to nurse or go to sleep. As a result, we do a lot of nighttime nursing to make up for what she misses during the day. She nurses fabulously and often during the night. She has plenty of wet and dirty diapers and is still at the top of the growth chart for height and weight, so I’m not too concerned with this behavior. However, the biting is getting out of control. As much as she would prefer it, I can’t let her go all day without eating, so I have to nurse, and she bites. Even the rare times when she is willing to nurse while awake, she bites. Often, when she clamps down, she will not let go. She...
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  • @llli*chkymnky31's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 10:34 AM
    To give some background, my now 3.5 month old baby boy was 37+4, briefly in NICU on oxygen and had a feeding tube x 2-3 days. My milk took 5 days to come in (c-section) so I pumped and he got colostrum via tube/bottle and was briefly supplemented with formula until his discharge at day 5, when I was able to produce enough. He was also jaundiced and a lazy feeder. I would nurse, then have to pump and supplement with EBM via bottle because he would get frustrated and not empty my breasts/had a shallow latch. When I returned to work about 6 weeks ago, he quickly developed a bottle preference (using Munchkin latch slowest flow). Even when drowsy, he gets upset at the mere presence of my nipple and screams till he gets a bottle. I can get him to briefly, lazily latch maybe once a week, but he rarely sucks long enough for letdown to occur and oddly, will often unlatch when it does occur, like he can't stand the taste of it. Regardless, I dutifully pump and so far, produce between 24-28 oz/day. He generally takes it all. Occasionally, during growth spurts, I have to pull a bag of frozen milk from the freezer, reducing my limited stash. I have not had to supplement with formula so far, but I would desperately like him to just nurse. I'm depressed about this. I miss the bonding. I hate my pump and while I could probably do this until he hits 6 months (if my supply allows), I can't see myself attached to the pump for longer. My daughter (now 2y), destroyed my nipples as a newborn and...
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  • @llli*tinkypears's Avatar
    May 2nd, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Last week my 3 month old baby came down with a stomach flu that both my husband and I ended up getting. It was very bad and led to both of us not being able to stomach much food for the past 6 days. We're getting better, but still not at 100% (baby was over it in 2 days, go breastfeeding!) I've noticed a significant decrease in my supply since then. I've lost about 6 to 8 ounces of milk during the day (known from pumping), and I can see this during my weekend of exclusively breastfeeding with baby as she was constantly hungry. I think the biggest problem is my nighttime supply; baby is only waking once a night, and whereas this use to result in me waking up pretty full every morning (which was great because I would pump a ton for baby's bottles in the morning) I'm waking up with soft breasts that baby then sucks the rest out of and I have nothing for pumping at work. I've been taking fenugreek for the past 5 days to try to increase my supply, and whereas that used to work wonders, I don't think it's able to counteract the fact that I still can't stomach a ton of food, which I think is what is depleting my supply.
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  • @llli*ccquinn's Avatar
    May 4th, 2016, 09:34 PM
    My daughter is 2 1/2 and we still have a good nursing relationship. She nurses first thing, before nap, before bed and (unfortunately) once at night. I'm ok with it. I was going to wait until she decided it was time to stop. Well, until 4, max... Anyway, I have periocular dermatitis and my dermatologist prescribed 6 weeks of milocyclin antibiotic. Ugh. I've read some horrible info stating that it may cause my milk to turn black! Do I have to wean? I'm so worried. I guess I could deal with the dermatitis until she weans and then start the antibiotic. Anyone have any thoughts?
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  • @llli*justice222's Avatar
    May 1st, 2016, 09:38 AM
    We discovered a few weeks ago at 7 weeks old that my son had a tongue and lip tie and was not gaining weight. Unfortunately he is still not nursing effectively after getting those clipped, so I am borrowing a hospital grade pump and giving him 3 oz every 2-3 hours to get his weight up to where it should be, and also nursing him between bottles. I'm having a hard time keeping up with pumping because he doesnt stay entertained for very long without me holding him, and though I can pump one side while he nurses on the other, I get less milk and it takes longer because I'm leaning backwards in my glider to make room for the pump over him (plus it always leaks out the bottom of the pump shield). I'm afraid that my supply is continuing to decrease because I can't pump often enough or fully finish each pump session. When my milk first came in I leaked constantly and he gained weight probably only getting what was leaking or milk during let downs, but then I guess because he wasn't actually emptying the breast (wish I had a pump back then!) my supply decreased and he stopped getting enough which is when he stopped gaining weight. I currently pump just enough to stay ahead of him but I'm worried I'll fall behind. How do you keep your baby entertained while you pump?
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  • @llli*layne.cough's Avatar
    Today, 03:21 PM
    Any advice on newborns that have gas or air bubbles? I have a 2 week old and I can never get her to burp and she seems to get gas bubbles after eating. She is exclusively breastfed.
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 04:33 PM
    It's frustrating I know but for the sake of your supply, baby's health and your nursing relationship it may be a small price to pay in the long run. Unfortunately nursing is the biological way of getting a baby to sleep rather than a habit we get them into. You may be able to find alternative ways to help baby to nap without a negative impact. You could try nursing baby to sleep whilst singing the same song each time and then record yourself singing it so that you can leave a copy with the caregiver, baby may come to recognise the song as a signal for naptime and your voice will be soothing. You could also leave an unwashed shirt or burp cloth with the caregiver that has your smell and the smell of your milk on it which baby can have near her after her bottle. These types of examples create positive associations with sleep and also may offer baby some comfort in your absence. A baby will often fall asleep if pushed in the pram, or if rocked. Another idea is for the caregiver to wear baby in a sling or carrier. The sound of a heartbeat and the warmth of a chest combined with the movement of the wearer often sends babies to sleep.
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  • @llli*breastfeedinglp's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    Thanks. I have been using a pacifier to try to not get her in the habit of nursing to sleep. I'll try offering the breast more and reducing pacifier use at night. I don't want to her to have to nurse to sleep for naps since I'll be back at work soon :(
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 PM
    I'd just like to pipe up and say that even us moms who haven't tried triple feeding have a lot of admiration for anyone who puts themselves through this. Even trying to pump the odd few ounces for the fridge or freezer can be a nightmare, trying to juggle baby, bottle, pump etc. Women like you need a round of applause rather than what can really feel like a lot of pressure. Moms often need encouragement to nurse, but for those who are already trying their damnedest, a supportive hug and a congratulatory "well done you" wouldn't go amiss. Mommal is right, "breast is best" is entirely misplaced when aimed at a mother who is trying her best to do so. A somewhat batty but completely brilliant woman I know who works in breastfeeding has adapted the phrase to say "breast is best IF it's best for you". She uses this adaptation to help women who have given up nursing to make peace with their decision, to let women who really struggle know that it's OK if they want to make the decision to give up, and to help those who can't EBF shed some of the guilt. Yes breastmilk is the best form of nutrition, but even above that, the most important thing is to "FEED THE BABY", be it breastmilk, supplemented breastfeeding, combination feeding, or even formula. So I think you can safely lay aside any and all feelings of guilt, because you ARE feeding the baby.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 11:56 AM
    Can you tell us how old your baby is, and give a weight check history from birth? Try to note the times different scales were used. Is baby getting anything to eat or drink aside breastmilk at the breast? If so, what else and when was that started and how much and how many times a day? About how many times in 24 hours does baby nurse? Is baby's doctor concerned about baby's weight gain? Are other growth measures (length, head circ) normal?
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  • @llli*proudmama28's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    Thanks for replying! I'm concerned because she's only been gaining about 2 ounces a week...
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