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  • @llli*seattlemama's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 10:05 AM
    This is a call for desperate help to all you Moms that have or are still breastfeeding their toddlers. Im sorry its a very long post, details are important. I'd like to know from you how your kid was nursing around 7-8-9-10mo age (the time when they start crawling, standing walking etc that gets them distracted even from nursing.) Did your LO start nursing less and less/more and more during this time frame? How often were they nursing everyday, and how long did each nursing session last, nursing single side/both sides? How much solids were you giving to them and how did that impact their nursing habits? What did you do to make sure you were able to nurse your LO for a longer period of time? My now 9.5mo boy has been ebf and started solids since 5.5mo. I've had this passionate desire to nurse my LO for a long duration (at least up to 18 months.) He was doing fine first few months (although due to sore nipples I had to use a nipple shield for 4months.). LO has been very distractible since around 4-5 mo and that's when he started a latch on latch off game that Id hoped would improve with time. Things have been very hard since then. Around 6-7 months time frame he changed a lot - from having a regular 3hourly nursing he went to nursing only while naps and MOTN. I realized that that's how its gonna be and accepted it because at least he was nursing. He was on solids only once a day until around a month ago when he started solids twice a day. This past month and a half he...
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    October 28th, 2014, 01:49 AM
    just as it says. again. I know I posted about this before, but that WAS around growth spurt time (3 weeks). my lo is 4wks ( and now 2 days) old. she's bottle fed breast milk and formula, and breastfed with a nipple shield ( we had to do it that way from day one since she was born tong tied- this issue has been corrected). we had an issue with weight gain early on, so hence why she's on formula, her LC and i agreed the bottle was the best delivery method for the supplimentation- she'd spit out al the other SNS's ( to the point shed even spit out the breast and not eat), hence the bottle being involved. I'm under the impression that i haven't ever produced enough milk for her. Im taking supplements to help, but ts something i just roll with. my concern is that, even with formula, she's seemed un satisfied. she's wanted to eat every hour since 2pm, and hasn't really napped that much (she had a big 5 hour nap prior to all of this that she was still in and out of ). she's had bottle and breast, but i haven't been able to pump like I normally do after a feeding. /\I'm following her cues. I'm assuming it she says she's hungry, she must be. i am concerned about over eating, she gets 2 and a half ounces of formula and breast milk, and she drinks it all. she's also on the breast on an average of 20 minutes, sometimes longer- I'm feeding based on her visual cues, but she's packing it away, and wanting more!
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  • @llli*sweet.mama83's Avatar
    October 25th, 2014, 05:06 PM
    My daughter is 20 months old and I'm still breast feeding on demand. She was 50th percentile when born (7lbs 3 oz) and now is not on her curve. Only 21.5 lbs at 20 months. Has only gained 2 lbs since her first birthday. Doctor is very worried and said I have to stop breastdeeding so much so that she will eat more solids. She does eat some solids however she is very picky! Won't eat much meat, maybe twice a week. I've tried every kind of food that has high protein/iron but she is just super picky. Anyway, I just need some advice..should I listen to the doc and breastfeed only before bed and in the morning? Or should I continue to breastfeed on demand? I would like to continue for another 8 months ( We plan to get pregnant with second child by then and don't want to continue breastfeeding for a number of reasons which I won't go into right now) my daughter recently got a blood test to check her iron levels (we will get the results in a few weeks) doc is concerned her iron may be low due to the lack of iron rich foods. Daughter is meeting if not exceeding all her milestones and is very happy and active. I know the doc will not be happy if I tell her we haven't changed our ways at our next appointment in 2 weeks. I'm just hoping her iron turns out to be adequate, then I won't have to worry so much. It would be great to hear from other moms and what you think! Thanks:)
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  • @llli*ckernan's Avatar
    October 27th, 2014, 11:29 AM
    Hi! It seems my little guy has been self weaning from about 11 months old. He began reducing his nursing amount to twice a day at that point, and over the past 4 months has been skipping sessions and reducing the length of time spent nursing. For the most part he just started refusing it whenever offered during the day, save for those morning and bedtime sessions. Over the past 2 weeks, he seems to be reducing and skipping again. Over the past 3 or 4 days he hasn't wanted anything to do with breastfeeding at all, and I am taking this to mean that he is telling me he is done with it. Given his reduced interest over the past several months, I think we are past the point of hoping it was a nursing strike. I plan to continue offering it to him, but obviously can't force it on him! He has an incredibly healthy and varied diet of solid foods otherwise, so I am not concerned about him going hungry or his overall nutrition. My question is: should I be supplementing with other forms of milk? Personally, I believe human milk is for human babies so am not that keen on giving him calf's milk. That being said, our family is not vegan and are not opposed to him consuming it in other things... it's just the straight drinking of it that doesn't quite agree with us. We do give him sippy cups of almond milk for calcium (in addition to the other sources he gets in his diet) from time to time, and he gets a good variety of fats from coconut milk & oil, as well as avocados, flax oils, etc....
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  • @llli*jenn.walker12's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 12:45 PM
    My daughter is 6 weeks old, but has been starting to scream when I try to nurse her during the day. She is sending hunger cues like sucking her hand, and searching for the breast when she is against my chest, but when I try to feed her she starts crying. This has been going on for the last 2 days. She's done it before a few weeks ago but when it stopped i thought it was just because she is so young. However, she does not have any issues nursing at night and I have found that if I can get her to sleep before i feed her she will nurse a little bit better, but won't eat much. Could this be a growth spurt coming on? or maybe she just wants to suck? I'm very confused and it gets frustrating because I just want to give her what she needs and i'm worried about over/underfeeding her.:banghead
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  • @llli*jordaen's Avatar
    October 24th, 2014, 08:00 PM
    My 11 week old is not getting enough breastmilk to fill her up. i have no support family and worst of all my doctor. they just keep pushing formula for supplementation. this is my first child and i don't know what to do. please help.
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 03:54 PM
    Hi, I have a funny problem with my teeth and wondered if anyone could help? My four year old son has just weaned. For the last year or so of breastfeeding I was on a dairy-free diet because of digestion problems, and I think I wasn't getting enough calcium. I'm no longer breastfeeding, but after weaning the hormone changes caused my digestion problems to get much worse and I'm on a very restricted diet now while things sort themselves out. I'm making sure to eat sardines twice a day to get a decent amount of calcium though, and I'm green leafy vegetables or brocolli twice a day for vitamins and what-have-you. The weird thing is that a few months ago my front teeth started to feel a bit wobbly. They are a bit wobbly every day now, but after I eat my sardines and leafy greens they stop being wobbly for a few hours, and then they go back to being wobbly. The more sardines and leaves I eat, the longer my teeth stay non-wobbly.
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  • @llli*keleigh's Avatar
    October 25th, 2014, 12:31 AM
    Oh what fun! I've just acquired my 3rd milk blister in 2 weeks! It's the middle of the night (thank you 4 month sleep regression) and I can't find any posts dealing with this issue, so I started my own. Feel free to direct me to any relevant info I've missed! *new here*:hello My daughter is 4.5 months old and 3 weeks ago, her latch became intermittently painful on my right side only. Her latch has always *looked* shallow (both sides), but I have never experienced nipple pain, and she's been transferring milk well, filling diapers and growing like a weed since we sorted out sleepy, jaundiced, teeny-preemie troubles around 2 weeks. I had a stubborn plugged duct in my right breast when she was a month old. It took 12 days of heavy nursing & pumping to resolve, which resulted in SUPER oversupply and strong letdown in that breast. Oversupply regulated at the beginning of September, but she still prefers the left. Her latch still looks normal, but she is somehow clamping down on my right nipple once its inside her mouth. No amount of re-latching seems to fix the pain, so I usually give up and switch her to the left (and then have to pump - super frustrating since she rarely accepts a bottle and NEVER accepts frozen milk). Nevertheless, I've just developed my 3rd milk blister (same exact spot!) in 2 weeks and WOW does it hurt! :eek: Anyone have experience with one-sided painful latch? Suggestions would be very much appreciated. I'm beginning to dread...
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  • @llli*sarahdeco's Avatar
    October 25th, 2014, 11:27 AM
    Where to buy online? I'm in Canada . My lo is super distracted nursing now so I think one may help!
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  • @llli*fleur's Avatar
    October 26th, 2014, 09:35 PM
    Hi. Need some urgent help. Getting very worried here. DD is 5 mo. She got sick day before yesterday - fever, flushed red cheeks, yellow mucousy poop, excessive drool, listlessness, runny nose & watery eyes. The doctor said viral fever and prescribed meds for cold, fever & an antibiotic. We gave her the fever & cold meds but not the antibiotic & I just kept nursing her. She slept fine that night & yesterday seemed well on the path to recovery. Nursing voraciously all morning. From afternoon onwards though, she stopped nursing much - at 4pm she nursed for 5 minutes & then stopped. I kept offering constantly but she would suck a bit and look away. Finally I walked around nursing & she ate for the duration of one letdown. At night she had only 2 1/2 oz for her dreamfeed. This morning again, she sucked for 5 minutes and is refusing since then, screaming & shouting if I persist. She woke up at 7. It is now 9. I have been offering every 10-15 minutes. Finally I just kept expressing into her mouth & she is swallowing that. Her nose does not seem stuffy but I have anyway put in the nasal drops. I thought it may be her ears so I put waxol in both ears & tried again but still not happening. Please help me out. I am so very worried. The morning feed is one that she never rejects and always eats well. I don't want to go to the doctor as she is still weak & I don't want to expose her to tons of other sick kids. Also, he will probably blame my milk or some other silly thing. How long...
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  • @llli*moracaro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:20 PM
    My son is 2 and a half months old, and he was a preemie 33 wks. I've been exclusively breastfeeding. I've been nursing on demand since he got discharged, when I brought him home I noticed he was very fussy, doctor said it was gas and he said to go off dairy. I went off dairy and I dont eat meat either, I noticed that my supply started dropping I guess from not getting enough calories, I started eating dairy again and my supply went up. The issue is my baby never eats a full feeding, 5 mins max, and he is extremely fussy when he has to breastfeed, cries the whole time. I've tried manually expressing before he eats thinking that my milk comes out to fast for him, but it has not made a difference. He's getting enough wet diapers and gaining weight, but every nursing session is a nightmare and I feel like he's miserable when breastfeeding, I'm typing this with a crying baby in my arms, about to give him a bottle of formula. I have a huge freezer stash with my milk and I've defrosted a few bags and they all taste and smell like fish???? I'm about to give this whole thing up. please I would appreciate any advice, thanks.
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  • @llli*stacy.screws's Avatar
    October 27th, 2014, 01:05 PM
    Background info, I'm a second time mom, first baby had lip and tongue tie and nursing was REALLY rough. By three months of age I just pumped all the time and although we had her had surgery for her, she never was able to nurse effectively, therefore I exclusively pumped the entire time (she weaned early at just before one year). So now with baby 2 I want to do everything right. First baby is now 16 months old. My questions: When she (baby 2) came home from the hospital, she did start having the seedy yellow diapers (and a big BM each time), then slowly they turned to greenish and sort of slimy looking and only a teaspoon size. I figured maybe I was producing too much, so I switched to only nursing her on one side each feed. They are back to yellow but still kind of slimy looking BM and not as large as it used to be (sorry if that's too much info!) she is very gassy, sometimes spits up and very explosive poops, and from the times I've seen, bubbles come out with the pooping. I do compressions and I've never really felt the letdown. I can feel the "full" feeling. when I compress, a lot comes out and while I'm compressing and she's latched on, she sometimes seems like too much is coming out. She gulps sometimes and clicks and pulls back a bit sometimes sqeaks a bit as well.... not always but now and then (mostly when I'm feeling REALLY full) so, looking for anyone with a similar experience, or any information that would be helpful to view. Should I continue breast...
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  • @llli*ramom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 AM
    My baby had nipple preference since we started giving her a bottle in the first week. Since about 6 weeks we've been trying to get her back on the breast full time by using an SNS, offering the breast a lot, etc. Things seemed to be going well, even to the point that she started to prefer the breast over bottle. Then I went back to work 2 weeks ago and she started getting a bottle all during the day. At first things were going fine, but lately she has not wanted the breast at all. Sometimes she outright refuses and screams, other times she latches but then she starts doing this thing where she'll unlatch, look backward, and re-latch a lot, like every suck. She does this even when my breasts are very full. I was heartbroken to see it go in this direction, and got even worse news yesterday when we weighed her and it seems she *lost* a couple ounces in the past week. Should I just give up at this point? Confusingly, she sometimes refuses the bottle too, and when she does take it she does the latch-unlatch-latch thing there too. She also moves her head from side to side while taking the bottle, as though trying to get away from it, but we're able to force it into her by holding her in the sling. I know you're not supposed to force the bottle but she won't eat otherwise! I am not sure what's causing her to behave this way. Is she just traumatized at this point? Should I give up on trying to get her back to breast and just EP? I feel horribly guilty that I traumatized...
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  • @llli*babyhill9814's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 05:54 PM
    I pumped earlier and noticed that I get tons and tons of fairly clear foremilk before I get the creamy hind milk. I fear my son may be filling up on the less fattier milk before getting the good stuff. Is there a way to create fattier fore milk? He is 7 weeks and will wake up and want to eat every two hours. I think he light sleep longer if he got fattier milk.
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  • @llli*leemami's Avatar
    October 28th, 2014, 03:19 PM
    Hello Ladies So... we are so very happy, we are expecting #2 due in May 2015! I was just wondering... I BF'd my DD, now 2.5 yo, for about 18 months. I put the pump away at about 12 months, and then I just kept nursing at night and on weekends. Anyway, my pump has been in a cabinet for a while, and I did use it a bunch, so I am sure is somewhat degraded. I was just planning on replacing the parts and using it again, but here's the thing. I recently changed jobs, and my new insurance company (which has a healthy pregnancy program) does pay for a double pump. So that made me think... well, if I can get a new one for "free" (yeah, we pay for it somehow I'm sure, we just believe is free, ha!) then I can just do that! But I don't want to just throw away the other pump. Or have two breast pumps. I guess I could save the insurance (and myself) some trouble and money, and just replace the parts...
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  • @llli*staceyh's Avatar
    October 28th, 2014, 09:17 AM
    I've noticed over the past few months there is a big drop in my supply leading up to my period. Afterwards, it goes back up a little, but never all the way to what it was before. I feel like it is slowly dwindling. My daughter is 7 months old. She nurses and I pump in the morning the four days a week that I work. At daycare she gets 4 3-4 oz bottles about every 2.5 hours and real food once, and I pump twice while I'm at work. In the evenings at home, she nurses twice, gets real food, and I pump twice. On the weekend I pump once or twice a day and she exclusively nurses (most of the time.. there is the occasion that we are out and about and it's not feasible to nurse a squirmy, easily distracted 7 mo. old) and gets real food twice a day. I'm not currently on any birth control and am taking 3 fenugreek and 2 blessed thistle twice a day and have an occasional cup of mothers tea. When I start to notice a decrease I've tried pumping more, increasing supplements, going to daycare to nurse once during the day, weekend nurse-a-thons. I don't know what more to do and it really bothers me that I had to send 2 formula bottles to daycare today because I didn't have enough expressed milk to send. Anyone else have this problem? What has worked for you? Any and all advice is welcomed and much appreciated!
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  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    October 26th, 2014, 09:36 AM
    Hi. My baby is almost a year old (!!) and still an avid nurser. Everything is great :) but I find myself a little unsure of how natural, baby led weaning (in the American sense if weaning) occurs. What's it "typically" look like, even though of course it's completely idiosyncratic. I'm hoping for some resources that'll give me the general shape of things. e.g. My baby is sleeping longer & longer stretches over night (thank god). Should I dream feed when I'm engorged or let my body cope and regulate? She's dropped down to 7-8 nursings a day...is there a tipping point at which my body really drops in supply or is it a gradual slide? I often forget to nurse first before solids. How big of an issue is this? Etc etc etc I'd like to continue nursing for the long haul. I'm just feeling underinformed about this next stage! What should I read?
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  • @llli*lindseymaerean's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 11:23 AM
    Okay I have been EBF my DD until she was 6 months then I started introducing baby foods. She is now 9 months old and I'm still breastfeeding and doing baby foods. About a week ago I started my period and about two weeks before I started my period my milk supply started to drop, it's been about 5 days since my period and I was hoping it would come back (my supply) it just keeps dropping. I'm devastated I wanted to at least make it to 12 months. Ad just a side note me and my husband are trying for baby #2 with that being said my go to has always been the mothers milk and that always worked for me but I know there are side affects if you are pregnant. With that being said what advice do you ladies have for me? I'm pretty desperate.
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  • @llli*aluradr.mom's Avatar
    October 27th, 2014, 08:59 AM
    This will be my second post here, my first one was regarding my daughter breaking her latch frequently- which has improved greatly. Ill try to keep the history as short as i can. My mother passed away 48 hours before i went into labor, I had moved 1000 miles to be with family. So my baby blues were quite severe, probably PPD. After six weeks I started improving, and am now quite stable. I never took anything and didnt seek help because i was just horribly sad, never thought of harming myself or my baby, i just lost 30 pounds in a month (even though i ate). I had a 29 hour labor and grade three tear, but took ZERO medications and had NO interventions. My daughter (born June 10) was diagnosed with reflux, she screamed at EVERY breastfeed for almost a month. Family members kept telling me to put her on sensitive formula, but I knew the best therapy for her would be continuing to breastfeed. I had cut out dairy/soy/chocolate/caffeine and still no improvement for over a month, it was just a matter of time. She is four and a half months and still has had nothing but my milk! My mother was going to be my support system, she was the only one in the family who had breastfed successfully. My daughter was 7 lb 1.8 oz at birth. As of October 10, she was 12 lb 3 oz (her weight gain month three to four was only 13 oz). She started to improve little by little, but did particularly well when i used a side lying position. I also was using one side per feeding initially due to oversupply....
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  • @llli*lalalizzie's Avatar
    October 27th, 2014, 07:26 AM
    Hello everyone, I have a beautiful 10 month old boy who both nurses and eats solid foods. He still nurses A LOT, so I imagine that he is still getting most of his nutrition from breastmilk - which I am fine with! I am concerned, though, because in the past couple of months I have started loosing weight extremely rapidly. I gained a healthy but not enormous amount of weight during my pregnancy (25 pounds), most of which came off within a couple of weeks of giving birth, putting kme very quickly at my pre-pregnancy weight. I then gained a small amount, but starting when my baby was about 7 or 8 months old, I started simply shedding weight. I don't fit into any of my clothes, even the pre-pregnancy ones! I do eat a whole lot - three large meals a day, plus two or three snacks during the day. Could this be nursing-related? Do any of you have any suggestions for ways to up my caloric intake so that I start putting weight back on? I certainly don't want to wean my boy - we have a great nursing relationship that is working wonderfully for us both, aside from this weight loss issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*twoninesix's Avatar
    October 25th, 2014, 09:44 PM
    Hi mamas, I think I may have oversupply and a touch of OALD. My 5 week old is gaining weight like a champ (born 8lbs 9oz and was 11lbs 14oz at 4 weeks) but I've noticed he gets very very gassy. He feeds every 2-3 hours and I can hear him struggling during let down and the first few minutes of a feed, I assume that's because of the fast flow. He spits up a LOT - if I accidentally jostle him a little after a feed, during burping, even a few hours after a feed. I can hear the gas bubbles in his tummy while I'm feeding him, and right after, he'll usually strain and fuss until he lets out a huge fart or has a huge explosive blowout. I haven't noticed any greenish poops though, normally yellowish and curdy. My question is, is oversupply always a problem that needs to be "fixed" or will it generally fix itself as baby gets older and my milk supply regulates a bit? Right now I'm pumping as little as possible so as not to make the oversupply worse, but I'm due back at work in 4 weeks and scheduled to take a 2 week business trip without baby a few weeks after that, so I want to build up a freezer stash (looked into the possibility of bringing baby with me but it doesn't seem likely). I'm only pumping once or twice a day, and usually only on the side that baby doesn't take after a feed. I'm able to pump up to 5oz in less than 10 mins. Should I stop pumping altogether? Is there anything I can do for the gassiness? Also, I've started introducing a bottle once a day to...
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  • @llli*2coatskids's Avatar
    October 26th, 2014, 06:53 AM
    Hello, I have an 8 week old daughter who is EBF. She is gaining well and seems content. At 4 weeks her stools changed from yellow and seedy to yellow and full of mucus. My son had a milk protein intolerance so I immediately removed dairy and soy. After two weeks of no improvements I removed the other to allergens, including rice. It has been 4 weeks and the diapers are still the same. We have had 2 instances with blood flecks in the stool. The diapers are very slimey but yellow in color and still have a pleasant smell. I know that I have an OALD and an oversupply that seems to be settling down. Is there any chance she is just getting too much lactose from the foremilk and it is irritating her stomach? My fear is we have more than just a milk/soy issue :(
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  • @llli*kajazia's Avatar
    October 27th, 2014, 08:03 AM
    Hi. I'm new and in need of advice. I have an 8 mo. I co sleep and, of course, breastfeed. My son went from waking every 3 hrs to eat this summer to waking every 2 hrs and now is starting to wake every hr. I can handle waking every 3 hrs. I cannot physically handle waking every hr, especially when I have to work the next morning. I think my son is on a reverse cycle(?) which works well in that it means I can pump enough at work to sustain him during the day at the babysitter's. But I can't believe that he truly needs to eat every hr at night to make up for it! FWIW, we've started solids, but I don't think DS eats that much compared to (my perception of) "average". Does anyone know how to make DS sleep longer or if he really needs to eat every 1-2 hrs? I'm getting desperate! Thx
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  • @llli*rbfmomma14's Avatar
    October 25th, 2014, 04:43 PM
    Okay..I exclusively pump... My dilemma is ------- I had an Iced Coffee about 30 minutes ago from McDonalds..and not even 15 minutes ago my Pediatrician called and confirmed my 4 month old baby girl has an intolerance to dairy!!!!! WHAT DO I DO!? Should I pump and dump? Will she be okay if I let her go ahead & eat this milk that I pump? IM STRESSING! because this is why she has had a little rash on her face and some tummy troubles...I just found out about the intolerance..so please don't judge me. I didn't know. I just don't want her to have more problems because I just HAD TO HAVE an iced coffee.. I feel horrible.. ANY SUGGESTIONS??? She is about to wake up to eat!!! SO HURRY Please.. :shrug
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  • @llli*fernwolf's Avatar
    October 23rd, 2014, 04:07 PM
    Please any advice would be great! LO is going on 4 months now. For the past month her naps have dissolved entirely into micro-naps of about 20-30 mins, and she has to nurse the entire time. If I take her off or she lets go, she wakes up and will not go back to aleep! She hates pacis and bottles, and is growing super fast, I'm afraid she's over eating. the cat naps leave her exhausted and cranky all day, meaning she has to go down again shortly after getting up. So we do maybe 8 naps a day, all of which she has to comfort nurse through. I'm exhausted!! I hardly get enough sleep (she squirms all night) and can't nap during the day because she won't sleep long enough to. ): Advice?
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