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  • @llli*snackycake's Avatar
    May 26th, 2017, 07:22 AM
    I would love some advice if anyone can offer it, as I'm truly at my wit's end. Apologies in advance for the length of this post. My baby and I have had thrush since he was 2 weeks old, likely because of the antibiotics I had to have during labor for GBS. He's now two months old, and after trying just about everything, we're not in any better shape than when we started and his pediatrician seems largely indifferent. The thrush is only on his tongue, and doesn't seem to bother him or cause any symptoms other than the clicking noise he makes when nursing. He's a chubby, healthy baby, which I gather is why the pediatrician can't be bothered to prescribe anything that actually works. What we've done for the baby: He was initially prescribed Nystatin, which we used for about 4 weeks and saw no improvement whatsoever. I tried swabbing his mouth with diluted GSE, but that must've burned him because on the second day or so he actually was in too much pain to latch on to the breast or even take a bottle, so had to be fed with a medicine dropper until he felt better. I used diluted GSE on my breasts at the same time, and it seemed to burn me or dry things out and make the pain worse - I have sensitive skin so this wasn't a surprise. I've had him sucking probiotic powder off my finger twice a day. I've swabbed his mouth with a baking soda rinse after each feeding, and then applied lemon juice. Doing this for a week also resulted in no improvement. We tried a three-day...
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  • @llli*bear.mommy's Avatar
    May 24th, 2017, 04:25 AM
    Hello! FTM here of a 7-week old boy, EBF. I'm experiencing pain in my left breast and cannot figure out what it is. I am curious if anyone has ideas or has experienced this as well? It's a throbbing, aching, pulsating pain that's similar to the pain you feel when you get a toothache. Sort of a raw-nerve type pain. It seems to radiate all throughout my breast, such that I can't quite pinpoint where the pain is starting/ending. I had this pain in BOTH breasts when I started breastfeeding (which, btw, was a rocky start, with damaged nipples, bad latch, etc.) but now the pain is limited to my left breast. The pain comes and goes, but when it comes, it lasts for a while (over an hour?) and sometimes makes me cringe. It also makes it hard for me to fall asleep. The external skin is very sensitive to touch, and it hurts even if I gently stroke the skin. However, as I mentioned, the pain comes and goes, and when it goes, my breast seems fine (no pain, not nearly as sensitive)! To add, I had friction blisters early on and a scab on the left nipple that took weeks to heal; now the nipple seems healed. LO's latch seems fine--the nipple does not come out looking misshapen. It doesn't hurt during a feeding. The pain comes randomly (i.e., not just after a feeding). I don't think it's vasospasms since I don't see a change in color and also, the pain is there even when I'm dressed warmly. There is no redness on my breast. I do get lumps but they seem to go away when LO feeds. I...
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  • @llli*bear.mommy's Avatar
    May 24th, 2017, 04:09 AM
    Hello! I'm a FTM of a 7-week-old EBF boy. We had a rocky, difficult start with breastfeeding--my milk did not come in right away, plus I felt so much excruciating pain from my son's powerful/bad latch and my nipples toughening up that I resorted to mostly (machine) pumping during the first month. Finally it stopped hurting so badly when my son nursed, and I've been able to breastfeed and almost entirely avoid pumping for the past 1-2 weeks. Granted I still experience some terrible pain, but it's (a) limited to an aching, throbbing pain that comes and goes only in my left breast; and (b) neither I nor my OB can figure out what is causing it (not thrush, no symptoms of mastitis, not letdown pain which is something I experience separately, etc.). My main problem now is overactive letdown and what I think is oversupply (at least in my "stud" left breast). My breasts never feel fully drained after my son feeds. Also, if I do pump, I get 3-4+ ounces in my left breast and 2-3 in my right breast. When I have given my son a bottle, however, he eats about 3 oz max. The OALD is worse in my left (stud) breast--LO chokes, gasps, cries/screams from the fast and heavy flow. I try to lean back to help with the gravitational flow, and this seems to help a little. My son only feeds on one breast at each feeding, which seems fine as he has plenty of pee diapers and is gaining weight well/rapidly (he was 8 lbs. 11 oz at birth and just yesterday was weighed at 14 lbs. 4 oz). He also...
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  • @llli*ilikefood's Avatar
    May 26th, 2017, 06:37 PM
    Hello I have a 17 week old and I am nursing when I'm with him and pumping while I'm at work. I ended up with mastitis and a fever for 24 hours about 2 weeks ago. Mastitis was in my left breast and of course it's the one that produces the most. I power pumped and that worked to increase my supply but the next day it dropped again. Do I need to continue to power pump daily to bring my supply back up again? Currently on my 4 work days I pump at 6:30, 9:30, 12, 3:30. Then I nurse him as needed when I'm home. On my days off I normally don't pump but am wondering if I need to in order to increase supply. He is also going longer between feedings, do I need to adjust my pumping to match his new feeding schedule?
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  • @llli*jnjsess's Avatar
    May 21st, 2017, 09:25 PM
    I am nursing my 5th baby, I had oversupply issues with all but my 3rd baby. My last baby was my worst case of over supply, it did not clear up until 12 weeks, and he had all the symptoms, green poop, coughing, gagging, crying, gained a lot of weight quickly, etc.. My 5th baby is one week old. I constantly have engorged hard breast that never soften, even after eating. Luckily he has nice yellow poop, doesn't seem to have too much trouble nursing aside from the occasional choking, but it seems like for the most part he can keep up with the flow. I have been block nursing, only pumping a tiny amount to draw out my nipple occasionally, I started drink Sage tea 2x a day, and helatch seems fine. Does this sound like oversupply still if he seems so much happier, and having great yellow diapers? Does it sound like engorment in this case is more swelling than over supply?
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  • @llli*crr.2017's Avatar
    May 25th, 2017, 07:14 PM
    I pump 3 times a day every 3 hours at work. (Mon- Fri) Im away from baby for almost 10 hours. I normally pump 3-4 oz (have gotten as much as 6 oz before) a session usually bringing home 13-16 oz. I've been using the medela 24mm flanges that came with my pump since day 1. But now after pumping my nipples kind of tingle. I think my flanges are the wrong size but I'm not sure if I should go up a size or down a size. I think I have small nipples, maybe even flat but i have large breasts. The first time I pump of a morning the 24mm flanges seem okay but as the day goes on its Iike my breast becomes more stretchy and more gets sucked into the neck of the flange. Also I have noticed a red ring at the base of my nipple on one side (the side I would consider to have the larger nipple). I tried the pumpin pals small and medium flanes but they don't seem to draw out all the milk. I feel like I am sitting there forever and hardly get any milk out. I'm okay with using the regular medela flanges but just don't want to cause any damage to my nipples or breasts. And I don't think the tingling is normal. Also I always use the pump on the lowest suction.
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  • @llli*kristen.ellsworth's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2017, 07:41 AM
    My daughter will be three this week. We’d still been nursing at bedtime and in the morning every day, but it seems that from one day to the next, she forgot how to latch. She just sucks noisily and ineffectively for a few seconds and gives up. It’s not a problem, obviously, at her age. It’s just a surprise because that’s not how I expected weaning to happen. I thought she might lose interest, or my supply might dry up, or I’d have to decide to tell her, “No more nanu,” one day. I hadn’t heard of a child just losing the skill overnight! She is a bit sad about it and asks if I can teach her how to nanu again, but I’ve been saying, no, I don’t think I can and this must mean that she’s a big girl now. Her nose is slightly stuffy (spring allergies), but we have nursed through much worse, of course. I think my menstrual cycle is finally returning, and this coincided with the end of a light period, but I can still easily express milk so I don't think it's a supply issue. Also, she's not complaining that there's no milk, she's saying that she can't remember how. I'm not looking at this as a problem to solve - it's probably just as well for weaning to happen now, and it's probably sort of lucky if it happens naturally. I just wanted to see if this is a common thing to happen.
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  • @llli*momma1707's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2017, 08:57 PM
    My LO is 5 months old and EBF. I recently noticed something looking like a clear bubble in the middle of my nipple. It was painful when nursing but tolerable to some extent. I didn't have any pain when not nursing. Yesterday the bubble seems to have gone and now I see a red spot at the same area like it's wounded and needs to heal. I don't know what it is but now when I try to nurse LO the pain is so much worse and I couldn't go through with it. I don't pump and LO doesn't take bottle. I am not sure how to get through with this. Any suggestions on how to heal nipple or lessen the pain for me to be able to nurse LO. please help.
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  • @llli*shelbymitchell's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2017, 05:52 PM
    My first born was formula fed, I tried breast feeding and gave up because I had extremely bad pp depression and it was so hard for me to connect to him, I got diagnosed with post partum hypothyroidism as well, and was told that my hormones could be effecting my milk too. I promised myself that my second baby I'd breast feed ! So here I am, exclusively breastfed in the hospital & on the second night baby screamed ALL night long, then when we went home he had orange crystals in his diaper which caused my first baby to stay in the nicu! So I freaked out and we breast and supplemented until the signs of dehydration were gone. My issue is now, my baby is 3 weeks old, I pump / latch him every 2 to 3 hours and no matter how much I produce he is still hungry. He has to always finish his feedings with 2 extra oz of formula or pumped milk. I hate this, because I feel like I'm failing him by not producing enough for him. I tried for 2 days to only pump, to see how much I was producing.. I only pump 2oz total between both breast each time, and my baby is eating 3-4oz per feeding. I'm drinking a lot of water, taking vitamins and even have been drinking a mama lactation feeding supplement and nothing has upped my supply. I've been producing the same amount since the first week. Help.
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  • @llli*jknicely's Avatar
    May 26th, 2017, 10:58 AM
    I'm a ftm. I started with breastfeeding but my son had issues with latching first which we fixed with a shield and then he just became a lazy feeder, on for an hour and hungry ten minutes after he came off. we decided to just pump to make sure he was getting enough. Since making the switch five days ago I am not producing enough. I am trying everything and haven't seen a drastic change. Here is what I've tried... Mother milk supplements Power pumping Hospital grade pump Pumping every 2-3 hrs Drinking enough water and eating I pump with him nearby Finally my doctor put me on reglan
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  • @llli*zozja's Avatar
    May 25th, 2017, 11:24 AM
    It's been 9 days since the last time I nursed my 2 year old. I didn't get engorged which is great but I still have lots of milk if I hand express and I'm worried that I'm going to get a clog. I was prone to clogs while breastfeeding and had to take 7200 mg of lethicin to keep them at bay. I'm down to 3600 now. Anything I can do to help ny body dry up? Also in pregnant so I know I can't take sage. My other question is my toddler still asked to nurse a few times a day. We weaned gradually - taking away one feeding a week and she was down to nursing only a few times / 24 hour period anyway. But it makes me so sad when she asks. How long did it take for other peoples toddlers to stop asking?
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  • @llli*jabez's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    Just a quick check - do i need to wash my (.)(.) when i pump after nursing?
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  • @llli*lslinkard's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 PM
    My EBF baby is almost 4 months old and has always been colicky. he seems to have trouble pooping and passing gas. He fusses and pulls his legs up and grunts and strains and he will pass small amounts of gas at a time. But he always still has more making him uncomfortable. He seems to feel better after passing gas or having a large poop. What can I do to help him? I've asked his piediatrician about it and she doesn't seem concerned. She says it is normal and he will get it figured out in time. He's gaining weight and thriving otherwise I just want to help him not be in pain and uncomfortable. He's such a happy baby when he isn't so gassy. Also, I've tried food elimination and that doesn't seem to help him either.
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  • @llli*killiansmommy's Avatar
    Today, 04:15 PM
    Hey guys. I stopped breastfeeding my almost 2 month old about 3 weeks ago. Reason being is that we introduced a bottle once a day for about a week (with breastmilk) because I wanted him to get used to it before going back to work. After doing that it was a constant battle to get him back on the breast. He would kick and scream, latch, unlatch, continue screaming for about an hour or more EACH feeding. So I threw in the towel and decided to pump and bottle feed. At first I was pumping up to 12oz a session depending on the time of day and then the amount started going down each time. It got to where I could not get enough pumped to sustain him and started supplementing with formula after feeding him what breastmilk I could get out. And then I couldn't get any out. I know some women respond better than others to the pump but I am wondering if it is normal to be able to pump so much and then not be able to get anything? He has been on formula only for about 1 week now but today I noticed my breasts were leaking and it feels like I have clogged ducts and I was able to hand express some in the shower. Would it be safe to try and Latch him again? I've read contradicting things online about milk going bad or sour while still in the breast. Do I need to pump and dump? if I am still producing I would like him to get the benefits of my milk but I don't want him on the breast using me solely as a pacifier.
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  • @llli*lslinkard's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    I'm going through the same thing. We have had thrush since my baby was 2 weeks old as well. I was treated with diflucan which works and my son was treated with nystatin. It didn't work. I finally convinced the piediatrician to give him diflucan as well and if cleared us up. Well my son had an ear infection, got on antibiotics and the thrush returned. I'm now struggling with getting rid of it again and the doctor will not give my son the diflucan again because his toung isn't white anymore so I keep getting reinfected. It seems like an endless battle. My son will not take a bottle though so I will not be giving up breastfeeding nor do I want to but it is just so frustrating. My son is now 4 months old.
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  • @llli*djs.mom's Avatar
    Today, 09:56 AM
    Ventian Violet often works when the anti-biotics don't or won't. Or will work in combinataion with them. I am going to have Carm come talk to you. She and her 2nd baby had it pretty continuously for the 1st few months. Please don't give up. If your baby is happy and healthy and it's not bothering him, don't let it be the reason you quit nursing. And don't focus on a remedy that your docotor is hesitant to give you. If the doctor is concerned that your child is too young or there are possible side effects-take that advice. Especially if NEITHER of you are experiencing pain or symptoms right now and you ARE being treated. I would 2nd the reccomendation to see an IBCLC simply because you are putting a lot of thought and worry into his white tongue and it could be thrush, but it could not be. Either way, if it is thrush, adding Venitian Violet to the mix can't hurt. Although you will both probably be a little purple for a bit.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:53 AM
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 AM
    Great. Keep advocating for your self. Too often moms have to fight to get the care they and baby need. But it is a fight worth waging. A breastfed baby cannot overeat in the sense that breastfeeding, being the biologically normal feeding method, in no way leads to obesity or any other health concern, while there is evidence bottle feeding might. Also, breastfed babies learn to control flow and thus intake at the breast, and a bottle fed baby will not be able to control the milk flow from a bottle and thus may be overfed if caregiver is not giving the bottle in a breastfeeding supportive method. But when a baby is a newborn and not yet able to control flow very well, and mom is making lots of milk causing a forceful letdown, this can certainly lead to baby getting lots of milk all at once and spitting up that milk and it can be quite dramatic. My oldest once had a spit up like that all over a him, me, and a friends leather couch. Ugh. That time was memorable because of the couch, but this happened several times. I am glad you brought your baby to the doctor so they could ascertain nothing was actually wring with baby. To help baby with the fast letdown, frequent nursing helps, positioning baby so baby is more on top of you while baby nurses helps, and holding baby upright for at least a half hour after nursing helps. In fact most newborns are most comfortable and content being held by an adult, snuggled against a chest or shoulder, with their head above their...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 AM
    Yes, as far as I know a plug can last indefinitely if the issue is not addressed. I believe that the reason this one is lasting so long is that you are allowing your breast to continuously get so full that it is actually getting hard- engorged. There are many reasons to try to avoid engorgement. To avoid discomfort, to avoid or resolve plugs, and to avoid mastitis, you want milk to be removed from the breast often enough that you do not become so full and hard. Also, continued fullness like this is telling your body to make less milk. If you have OP, then that is a message you may want your body to get, however, you want to be in control of how full the breast gets and for how long. Going so long with regular daily fullness of several hours overnight is likely to reduce production too much, unless mom was making way to much to start. And even then, it is not a situation you want to go on and on. I understand your baby gags and is not wanting to nurse at the hard breast. But this is another reason why you want to do what is necessary to (as much as you possibly can) prevent the breast from becoming so engorged baby is having this trouble! It may take several days of working on this before you can easily get baby to nurse more overnight on that one side, but since baby is perfectly capable of nursing on that side other times, this is certainly possible. I understand your baby is already nursing every 2-3 hours. I am saying it sounds to me as if you need to...
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  • @llli*vedimama's Avatar
    Today, 07:52 AM
    I avoid nursing from that side during night since she almost always gags and refuses that side (only during night time) may be because it is a little firm and hard. During day time however i do nurse from that side, but i do have hand express before nursing to decrease the firmness. (I am hoping now my supply has gotten adjusted and hand expressing wont cause supply to increase) I am nursing frequently (2 hrs during the day and from night 9pm to morning 8am it is every 3 hrs) I have tried some of the options listed in the article attached, but I still feel the lump. Is it normal for it to continue for so long?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    Yes. While a plug might clog one duct (passageway)within the breast, mom has many. And ducts are not the same thing as nipple pores where the milk actually comes out (although these can sometimes be blocked as well, in which case it would probably present as a bleb.) Nipple pores vary in number so you could see milk coming from several even if one pore was completely blocked. Also, a milk duct might be plugged but some milk still can come through. Sometimes the plug is like a dam with places the milk can come through, but more slowly, and other times acts more like a totally blocked tunnel. In either case, although not an emergency, it is probably best to be proactive in trying to release any plugs and practice prevention going forward. Are you avoiding nursing from that side so you will get very full, telling your body to reduce milk production? Of for some other reason? Generally when dealing with a plug, mom wants to avoid the breast becoming too full, usually by encouraging baby to nurse more frequently. If baby is having trouble latching onto or with the fast flow with a very full breast, nursing frequently helps prevent that problem as well. Here are other plug ideas: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf
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  • @llli*vedimama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:04 PM
    Hi, thanks for replying. I can still feel a ball kind of lump inside the right breast. I am nursing from that side too, however i have to hand express for a few minutes to cause it to soften before i start nursing, else it feels little hard my lil one gags when starting to nurse. when i do hand express milk does flow and flows fast and sprays 4-5 ways. would this be called a plugged duct still? As i mentioned in the earlier post, pumping output from this side was low. I havent tried pumping again. It doesnt hurt while breast feeding but when i hand express i can feel the pinch. At night I avoid feeding from that side since it becomes full with the longer gap between night feedings. Any help to resolve the issue is appreciated
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59 AM
    Actually I now recall this has been reported before. I think the culture of the particular institution may just be getting passed on by everyone connected with it. If the LC and midwife were from two different places, then I have no idea. Unfortunately what seems like a benign suggestion can cause so many issues. The results of OP can range from a bit of a bother to a serious health issues (for mom) so telling a mom to pump to build a stash is potentially dangerous. Also it implies that all moms will not be able to nurse their babies long term and so need to stash tons of milk in the freezer! Of course this is not true and even moms who will need a stash because they are going back to work only need enough for the first day, plus a "cushion."
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