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  • @llli*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 03:41 PM
    Hello. I have expensive a decrease in pumping output for about 2 weeks now. I went bac to work and was pumping about 8-9 ounces in 2 sessions. I am gone for 9 hours total. I felt comfortable leaving that amount with her. Them about 2 weeks ago my output started dropping to where I could only pump 4-6 ounces in the 2 sessions. I asked for help - and tried the power nursing weekend, increasing to 4 pumping sessions/day, lactation cookies, making sure I either feed her or pump through the night at least once, changing about membranes and tubing, and imaging pumping sessions to 20-30 minutes each time. I still am now only able to pump 8-9 ounces in all 4 sessions combined - 2 weeks later. So my question is, did I let my supply get too low and now I will never get it back? Or is there something else I can do? The problem is that there are many days where she would rather have another 3 ounces - and I have no reserve, so what she gets is what I pump. I am feeling defeated and like I can't keep up.
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  • @llli*jazztpt's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 04:11 PM
    We're trying to figure out what is going on with our otherwise healthy & happy 4-week-old son. At less than one week, our pediatrician told us he was worried about his weight and that we should supplement with formula after breastfeeding. We did so reluctantly (and at first only at night), and this trend has continued so that now after breastfeeding he often cries for food. It seems that I am not able to create enough milk for him, so I'm taking fenugreek, blessed thistle, moringa, and might start a drug called domperidone (recommend by LCs in our area). What we're trying to understand is what is going on with breastfeeding and why our son falls asleep so quickly at the breast. (And hopefully what we can do about it.) He will often either wriggle as if frustrated or fall asleep about 5 minutes in. Then he either screams for food or sleeps for five minutes and then screams for food. Our son has an incredibly strong suck and a small mouth, and breastfeeding has been extremely painful for me until a few days ago. Perhaps the pain prevented my milk from letting down? I pump after almost every feeding (to try to build my supply), so I know that he is not draining the breast. Will he grow out of this? What can we do?
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  • @llli*nursingmama1020's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 03:54 PM
    My Baby is six weeks old tomorrow and is still nursing every hour and a half to two hours day AND night. I know it's probably normal, but it seems like he should be having a few longer stretches at least sometimes? I'm just exhausted because I don't ever get any sleep. Milk supply isn't an issue, I pump and get plenty of milk. When he nurses, he feeds until he lets go and seems satisfied. It's just SO often still. Any advice or tips? Or just make me feel better that he's still nursing so often :)
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  • @llli*babyaverysmom's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 12:02 PM
    I haven't even had my baby yet, but I am so anxious about being able to pump and supply for her once I go back to work... I am a nurse who works 12 hour shifts. 7pm-7am. I get (if I'm lucky) one thirty minute break.... I work in a busy emergency department and sometimes don't get a break... I know by law my employer has to allow me to pump.... However, I just don't see it being possible. Being able to breastfeed my baby is incredibly important to me, I just don't feel supported..... And I haven't even started yet! Do any other moms work long hours? How do I begin to advocate for myself to pump in my workplace? I don't know of any other recent moms who have done it at my work.....
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 AM
    My baby will be 3 months in 5 days and in a week and a half I'll be returning to work. I'll be gone for 10 hours a day 3 days a week. For the next two months she will be cared for in my house by my mum. We use the tommee tippee bottles and were wondering if we should continue using the slow flow nipples or up it to the medium flow 3month ones? Also, right now she tends to eat every 1-2 hours, do you think it will be fine to just leave 5 3oz bottles or do you think I should leave more bottles or milk or both? (I currently do not have any supply issues and have a large freezer supply (100+ozs)- so no worries there if you think I should leave more). Thanks!
    9 replies | 144 view(s)
  • @llli*urbanprairiemama's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 10:38 AM
    Hey! So, having a small issue with my 4 week old. We had a bit of a rocky start when she was born, she aspirated meconium and had to be in the ICN for a few days. Despite that, and being hooked up to the cpap machine etc, I managed to strictly breastfeed her/give her breastmilk. Once home, she was presenting similar issues that we dealt with with my son, poor latch, etc. She was still losing weight. I had her evaluated for tongue and lip ties, of which she did have and we had both revised right away (my son had them too but they were never fixed, so this time I was very adamant about it). She also has a dairy intolerance like he did (I am currently eliminating it from my diet), and possibly silent reflux? Anyways, by 3 weeks she was finally back to her birth weight! Yay! She seems to be gaining well, we have a postal scale since we were monitoring her weight and doing pre and post feed weights.
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  • @llli*flutey16's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 08:32 AM
    First, I'd like to say how helpful this forum has been to me in the past. :clap My son and I started off to a rocky start with nursing but the last 6 months or so have been mostly problem free and a wonderful experience. That said...he's now over 1 and we are still nursing about 4 times a day (2x overnight, 1 before bedtime, 1 at waking) and he gets about 1-2 bottles of pumped milk while I am at work during the day. In the last few days, my milk supply has suddenly decreased to about half (at least when I pump). I think it's also reduced when he nurses because he gets upset after nursing as if he's still hungry. 1) is this sudden reduction in supply supposed to happen now that my baby is older? nothing is different - no sickness, no plugged ducts/mastitis, no change in routine, etc. I have been a little more bloated than usual so I'm wondering if my first period is about to come... 2) should I use this as an opportunity to stop pumping at work and give up the night feeding? while I plan on continuing to nurse my son morning and night and whenever he wants on weekends, I'm getting tired of the pump and the night feedings. or will reducing my feedings/pumping at this time risk completely drying up my milk? I definitely don't want that to happen. Thank you!
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  • @llli*jessica.holiga's Avatar
    October 15th, 2014, 07:39 PM
    Ok I need some major help. I posted this on my other thread just below, but thought I might get quicker responses if I created a new thread. I work for 9 hours. I have only pumped 4 ounces so far today, and I will be lucky to get two more ounces at my next pumpings. What do I do for tomorrow? Do I just send the 5-6 ounces I will have pumped for the whole day and ask them to hold her off so that she will want to nurse more tomorrow night (more demand equals more supply)? Or supplement with formula to get to her normal 8-9 ounces, so that she's not starving?
    7 replies | 169 view(s)
  • @llli*ciantarah's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 09:05 PM
    Hi there, I am beyond frustrated right now. This is going to be a really long post and I apologize. There are just so many things happening as far as feeding my LO is concerned, and I don't know how to sort them out. My LO is 7 weeks old tomorrow. The good news is that she seems quite healthy and happy and has been gaining really, really well. Her doctor says she looks great. However, last Sunday there was blood in her stool. Needless to say, I called to talk to an advice nurse. While waiting for a callback, I researched and found info on oversupply and milk protein intolerance. Nurse I talked to totally dismissed the oversupply idea and said, "give up dairy and see a doctor tomorrow." So I did. Monday we saw a nurse practitioner at the pediatric clinic. She also dismissed the oversupply idea so I have continued to be dairy free since then. I also returned to work Monday and am now pumping so my husband, who is a stay at home dad, can feed her while I'm gone. I get about 20 ounces a day pumping 3 times while at work.
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  • @llli*elliebelle's Avatar
    October 13th, 2014, 03:30 PM
    Hi everyone, my daughter turns 3 months tomorrow, and I have some upcoming weekend activities that I will be away from her for several hours. When she was first born, I had oversupply and overactive letdown. I worked hard to just feed on one side, and it has helped a lot. She almost never feeds on both sides during a feeding. My question is: when I am pumping while away, do I pump both sides, or just one? Sometimes I feel like when I pump just one and have my husband give her the bottle, she seems to always want more than what I have pumped. But I also don't want my body to start thinking that she's feeding both sides every time. Right now I'm just away from her for a few hours at a time, but also wondering about what I need to do when I go back to work in December. It just seems so inefficient to pump just one side.... Thanks!
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  • @llli*mazeejay's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 05:19 PM
    Hi Ladies! I would appreciate your tips, help, hugs.... Whatever you have to give. As I "speak" I'm breastfeeding my 2+weeker son. He was born 10lbs7oz ( no stitches, had to fight for a vaginal). Every week since birth, my DS's weight has been monitored because he is yet to get back to his birth weight. Weight history Birth:10lbs7oz Discharge:10lb5oz 1stdoc appt: 10lb2oz Current weight: 10lb (steady for last 2 weeks) Ps: I was pumped full of IV fluids which left me swollen and unable to fit shoes for 1.5 wks. He was born vaginally without complications. Because I'm O+ and him B+, he was a bit jaundiced with high bili. During my 2 days at the hospital,I was advised to supplement while breastfeeding to help him move the bili. In total, he prob got 4-5 of those newborn enfamil bottles. His bili went down and I continued breastfeeding. By discharge, I was free to solely breastfeed. Feeding history I'm on mat leave till January so I'm home. I feed 24/7 round the clock on demand. I basically walk bra less with my baby attached and boy is he a chomper!! The first week was tough on my nipples but now he latches like a dream. I also co-sleep and he feeds to eat, feeds to sleep, feeds to soothe... 24/7 but I don't care! He owns the boobs, I just carry them around for him. He nurses every 1.5hrs and I wait till he is done w/the first boob and then give him the second. I see the suck, the wet swallow and sometimes the milk drools out his mouth when he falls asleep so I know...
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  • @llli*hayashi's Avatar
    October 17th, 2014, 12:29 PM
    I pump into Medela bottles that came with the pump. Then at night, I transfer milk from those bottles to the Avent bottles for daycare. During the transfer, especially in the first pumped bottle which was in the fridge the longest (~10-12 hrs at that point), milk fat has floated to the top and some would stubbornly stick to bottle's wall no matter how much I shake it. I can't warm it up, so that precious calories just get washed away. I'm just wondering if there are any tips to avoid wasting it.
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  • @llli*cutiemark85's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 11:29 PM
    Lo fed every hour since midnight this morning and ended around 4pm or so. We both took naps. I was advised that this was a cluster feeding and a growth spurt in progress, and to expect something else like this around 6 weeks! but 13 hrs..is that even normal? and to top it off, I woke up from my own nap engorged and soaked. :/ is *that* normal? tia
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  • @llli*erin.in.middletown's Avatar
    October 13th, 2014, 01:00 PM
    Hello! I appreciate any thoughts or ideas you may be able to share. This isn't something I'm losing sleep over, or particularly worried about, but just wanted to share and see what others thought, and if anyone has experienced something similar, and if so, what worked for you. My little one is seven and a half months old. She's been gaining weight well all along, and is a really jolly baby. I had her iron levels tested at six months, and she was within healthy range. She nurses frequently, anywhere between every 1 and 3 hours a day, sleeps for about 10 hours at night, waking maybe 3 times in that span to nurse. So basically all is good on the nursing front. We started solids at six months, at first about once every other day, and now about once a day. We're doing BLW and I've read the book, as well as My Child Won't Eat. We nurse before meals, she feeds herself, no purees, etc. She is not super excited about food, but that's no big deal. Thing is, every time she gets even the smallest bit of food in her mouth and swallows, she throws up. I'm talking say, a tiny tiny piece of banana. A dallup of Apple sauce. A tiny piece of chicken. She throws up whatever the tiny offending food is, but then milk with it, because that's really what's in her belly anyway. What's going on here? Is this something to be concerned with?
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  • @llli*mamamummy's Avatar
    October 15th, 2014, 08:41 AM
    I am currently struggling with bf my 13 week old and want to see if anyone has any advice/similar experiences. He has never latched on well and was cup and tube fed EBM and formula in hospital then at home until about week 3 as he was very lethargic due to jaundice. From week 3-6 we were able to EBF and his weight gain was all right (approx. 150g a week), though nursing was never comfortable and my nipples became sore and cracked. At 6 weeks he was evaluated for tongue-tie by a lactation consultant and determined to have a posterior tongue-tie which she divided. The pain went away but his weight plateaued and for a few weeks he hardly gained anything at all so we started supplementing with EMB. We went back to the lactation consultant at 8 weeks and the division had scarred over so she divided it again. In the meantime he still wasn’t gaining weight so we have had to supplement him with more and more with EBM. Now at approx. 500 ml of EMB a day) he is finally gaining enough weight. Yesterday at 13 weeks, we went back to the lactation consultant who said that he also has a high palatial arch which does not allow him to create good suction and feed efficiently even though his tongue is now able to work properly. She said it might get better or might not- not so much evidence as many people give up by this point. I am very tired, not sure of how to combine bf and bottlefeeding into a routine that feels manageable, gets him and me some sleep while also pumping...
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  • @llli*fleur's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 10:32 AM
    Hello there. This is my first post here. We are currently in the midst of wonder week 19, and my 4 mo has gone bonkers :) She is ebf on demand (and even unasked) around 10 times a day. 4mos led to a lot of changes for us -- 40 minute feeds are now down to just 10 minutes. Is this okay? Diaper output is good. We are having a problem with the feed just before bed. I split this one up around bath time. For nearly a week now, she has been totally disinterested in this feed. Latches on but will barely suck. Today she latched, didn't suck & then started crying. I thought she was too tired to put in the effort & wanted an instant letdown. So I pumped till letdown & then offered her the breast (first time I have tried this) Once again, sucked & pulled away crying. Ughhh. She may be full at that point and may not want to eat but she usually likes so comfort nurse at least. So my question - do you think she is trying to drop that feed? Or may not be hungry enough since she just ate before bath? I could only feed after bath right before bed. Today I was able to not freak out as I knew she had eaten right before & she wasn't going to bed hungry. But if I space it out & she doesn't eat, then... Is it possible for a baby to go to bed with feeding right before at such a young age? I am scared to experiment. This is the one feed I would think would be essential, if just for the closeness & comfort
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  • @llli*starprincess's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 08:36 PM
    I've been continuing to take my prenatal vitamins since I'm breastfeeding. I remember reading in a couple of places that it was a good idea. Should I keep taking the prenatals or are regular multi vitamins enough. I just want to make sure my LO is getting what she needs.
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  • @llli*aliwundo's Avatar
    October 15th, 2014, 10:38 AM
    My 10 month old is exclusively breast fed and doesn't take a bottle or a sippy cup. I haven't been able to work alot because of the bottle issue but my company has to send me to a training in November for 2 days that's mandatory before the end of the year. Unfortunately they don't allow babies and I don't have the money to have someone come with me to watch my baby. My mom is more than capable and willing to watch my son. What I am wondering is what I should do while I'm gone those two days. I don't know how he is going to react if I'm not there to feed him. Luckily he eats solids well but i'm not ready to wean him just because I have to go on a 2 day training. Should I leave him and hopefully he'll take to the sippy cup and continue breastfeeding when I get back? I'm at a loss of what to do! Anyone have experience with this?
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  • @llli*sarab's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 09:30 PM
    I'm trying to get to the root of a problem- my 3 month old is struggling to eat while awake but eats plenty when asleep. I'm not sure whether I'm just trying to feed her too often- she fusses a lot so I'm not sure it's because of hunger. I'm still aiming for a feed every 2 hours as I'm told not to wait until she cries... But other clues are hard to read at the moment. How often did your baby feed at this age (13 weeks more or less)?
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  • @llli*1amw's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 12:23 PM
    Hi there. I am a mom of 3 who has breastfed all 3 babies. My oldest weaned himself at 12 and a half months. My middle child was breastfed until 18 months. My youngest is a few days shy of 13 months. He is still pretty much exclusively breastfed. I tried to introduce solids around 8 months. He wasn't interested. I didn't worry too much as I knew my milk would suffice. He is almost 13 months and still refuses solids. He spits puréed foods right out. I read some babies need some texture so I have tried textured foods, solids, everything. At his 12 month appointment last week he had actually lost about half a pound from his 9 month appointment weighing in at 15.1 lbs. I have always had tiny babies. I am 5 ft and weigh 95 lbs so my babies always being less than the 3rd percentile has never been worrisome for me or the pediatrician....but the fact that he has lost a bit of weight over the last 3 months is really worrying me. He is still 99 percent breastfed although I am offering solids up to 10 times a day. He just refuses. He spits it all right back out. . Any suggestions. He nurses every 3 to 4 hours during the day. Goes about 9 hours at night without eating. He has met all other developmental milestones.....just the weight loss is concerning to me and the pediatrician. Anyone else had this issue and how did you resolve it? Thank you!
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    October 17th, 2014, 07:16 AM
    My daughter was born 13 weeks premature and since she couldn't nurse, I started exclusively pumping. I've struggled with low supply since the beginning and am on various supplements to help boost my supply. About a week ago I added tincture of goat's rue to my routine and saw a jump in my supply by an ounce. But in the last few days I've suddenly started having trouble with my daughter clenching her gums and pulling off my nipple. I use a nipple shield because she has a small mouth and a few times it felt like she was trying to rip the nipple shield off my nipple. She will also start alternating between curling into herself and arching, while pulling off the nipple before lunging to get latched again. She breastfeeds 4 times a day and the most trouble seems to occur after the longer stretches between pumping to breastfeeding. My question is have I actually developed over active letdown? At least when she breastfeeds. I don't notice a particularly forceful letdown when I pump and I'm still not pumping more than 350mL when I also breastfeed. One day she wouldn't breastfeed and I pumped 385mL.
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  • @llli*weaholt's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 12:49 PM
    Hi ladies, I am currently nursing my 20 month old daughter. She was born with tongue tie and a high arched palate. Her tongue was corrected at nine days and we have had a fairly successful bf relationship. Her latch was always a but shallow but nothing to cause any problems. About a month ago the larch in my left side started to get really uncomfortable. I tried all sorts but nothing helped. I have now ended up with a huge crack and mastitis. I am so sore, it's excruciating when she feeds. I know I have to continue to feed from the left to help clear the mastitis but can I then just feed from the right when it's better? I doubt I will be able to correct her latch on the left and I honestly can't take the pain it causes any more :( Any advice would be really welcome Thanks x
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  • @llli*lvander's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 AM
    I nurse my 3mo(15 weeks) on demand all day. I am ebf and rarely use bm bottles unless leaving her with my parents. She eats every two hours for about 5 minutes at a time. My question is.. Is there anyway to get her to sleep longer hours at night? She goes to sleep around 830-9 and wakes up every three hours to eat. Again, she's very quick to eat and goes right back to sleep but once I'm up, its difficult to go back to sleep knowing she'll be back up in a few hours. TIA
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  • @llli*easleymomma's Avatar
    October 16th, 2014, 02:42 PM
    I need some tips! My 14 month old daughter has been a great breastfeeder, but has never taken a bottle. Nursing has worked really well for us until a few months ago and we are starting to think about our weaning plans. I don't feel any pressure from anyone to quit, just simply think it will be beneficial to my little one and myself. Here's our stats: Nurses at wake up Nurses to sleep at both morning & afternoon naps Nurses to sleep at night Nurses 2-4 times at night My husband has been able to get her to sleep without breast milk if I'm not home(happened maybe 2-3 times), but I can't get her sleep without offering.
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    October 14th, 2014, 06:53 AM
    I don't really know exactly where to take my concerns, as I don't really know anyone that's been quite in my position! My daughter is 23 months old today. I've kept a lunch pumping session at work for the majority of this second year for various reasons, but the biggest of them is that I have a low storage capacity and my daughter nurses like a fiend when we are together, so I didn't want my decision to pump wean to be something that really dramatically lowered my supply and pushed her further along on her weaning journey. I finally went without a pumping session at work yesterday. For the last 2-3 weeks, my lunch pumping session was really only yielding about an ounce of milk, so it just didn't seem to me as though the session made much sense anymore. My body is absolutely fine going without the session. No fullness, I'm not uncomfortable. Well, I'm not physically uncomfortable. I'm extremely emotionally uncomfortable. I cried all through my lunch break yesterday, I cried through my commute in to work today, and I just feel really off. Has anyone else ever experienced this? I'm not sure if I should assume this is a hormonal thing, in the sense that my body is adjusting to much diminished milk removal, or if this is just a psychological thing that I have to push through. Either way, I feel terrible, and I can't find anyone who can talk me through this, because I don't know anyone who has pumped this long at work. All the working moms I know were gleeful to...
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  • @llli*msaileenc's Avatar
    October 13th, 2014, 03:37 PM
    Can anyone help me with this. My little boy is 7 months and I started feeding him solids around 6 months. I'm doing a combination of baby led and spoon feeding so some meals are spoon and some I'm encouraging him to eat himself. I was told by my healthcare nurse to feed him milk now after his food but everything I read about continuing breastfeeding said to give the breast first and then the solid food??? So yet again I am not listening to the nurse and doing it my own way. HOWEVER!!! Little Oscar now has decided himself that he wants food and then milk :( No matter how hard I try he just gets frustrated with me and won't drink until he's had his grub. He has 2 teeth on The bottom and he has bit me twice with temper.(Thankfully there very small baby teeth). Has anyone else had this happen? Will it make a difference if he gets his food first and then milk? I'm back at work since he was 3 months and pump 3 times a day as he drinks 3 x 8oz bottles while he's being cared for. Plus 1 feed in the morning which I give him and 1 feed before bed. I want to feed him until he's 18 months and I don't want my supply to diminish. Any advise? Aileen
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  • @llli*alyssa.martin.ab's Avatar
    October 18th, 2014, 07:55 AM
    My baby is 4 weeks. has been really gassy and irritable in the evening and not latching on. he wants to nurse but once he gets fussy he refuses and is crying for about 3 or 4 hours. then it occured to me while reading a breastfeeding book that i have OALD. and it made sense!!! however, how do i control it? ive read about nursing on 1 side for several feedings and then switching to the other side. but when i try that the let down comes and its literally sprays in his face so i grab a clean cloth and squeeze milk until it flows slower. my question is, how do i control the flow? also how do i know that he is getting enough hind milk if i have an over abbundance of the fore milk? should i pump a little or no? im so confused. everything i read is sending mix emotions to me. i dont want to give up but im thinking about exclusively pumping...HELP ME PLEASE!!
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  • @llli*megger112's Avatar
    October 13th, 2014, 06:03 PM
    I am at my whits end. My 4 month old DS has had an up and down low grade fever for two weeks (99-100.4). After two trips to the pediatrician, they reported a mild ear infection and bacterial infection in his throat. DS started antibiotics on Friday making today his 4th day of antibiotics. I just took his temp and it was 100.1 again. Poor thing hardly ever has any clothes on. I have stopped wearing him or taking him out and about trying to help fight this off. He sneezes, sometimes sounds congested, constantly is rubbing one eye and has his hands in his mouth like crazy. His sleep is all over the place but I know he is in the middle of a growth spurt. He is feeding normally and has plenty of wet diapers. He has had some diarrhea but I am assuming its from the antibiotics. Anyone have any ideas of what could be going on? My pediatrician is not giving me any information, but I know this is not the normal for my son. Please help!
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