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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 10:23 AM
    Hi, I have been using a medela pump to pump in between nursing sessions if my LO (11wks) does not take both breasts and during the night when I usually wake up feeling very full and this is before she wakes up hungry or she only feeds on one breast and then I need to pump the other one. I will soon be returning to work and pumping more regularly. My question is why is that my breasts do not feel as soft after pumping and they fill back up much sooner than when I breastfeed? Am I pumping for too long (usually only 10-15 min.) or is my pump not efficient? Thanks
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  • @llli*perannie's Avatar
    July 25th, 2015, 10:22 AM
    Ok so I have posted in the past, my DD2 is having weight gain issues!! Quick recap: May 4 born at 7 lbs 5 oz via c-section (hospital scale of course) Day 3- 6 lbs 11 oz hospital discharge (hospital scale) Day 5- 6 lbs 10 oz needed to do weight check and bili check (peds digital scale) Day 7- 6 lbs 11 oz another weight and bili check (peds digital scale) Day 17- 7 lbs 2 oz weight check (peds digital scale) Day 24- 7 lbs 6 oz weight check (peds digital scale) Day 31- 7 lbs 12 oz weight check (different digital scale at peds office) Day 63- 8 lbs 10 oz 2 month checkup (peds weighted scale)
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  • @llli*tasha's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 07:48 AM
    Hi I was hoping go get some help as I haven't has much luck with doctors here. I'm a first time mum to a little girl who is a few days away from being two months old. According to the doctor she's putting weight on well, she was born at 3.30 kilos and was 4.850 when she was last weighed 5 days ago. The problem is from about 6 months ago she seems to be having what the doctor said was colic, I've tried mylicon but with little or no improvement and the symptoms seem to be getting worse. My little girl wants to feed very often, usually every 2 hours but sometimes on and off almost continuously for hours. I think her latch is okay although not always (I do occasionally get sore nipples). From what I understand I have quite a fast let down and this often chokes her making her pull away and I become quite quickly engorged. She does have a tenancy to fall asleep at the breast but most of the time I think I'm able to get her to finish by doing compressions. When she is awake she cries almost constantly if she is not being held upright over my shoulder or fed. She is constantly passing smelly wind but rarely burps (even when I burp her) over the last month she has started to refuse to lay flat. I have raised her cot but she hates sleeping in it. Her sleep is very fitful, she often wakes up crying and spends the whole time groaning and recently she started having bubbles or foam coming out of her mouth (reflux?) Most of the time the only way she'll sleep is being held...
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  • @llli*nbow's Avatar
    July 28th, 2015, 06:32 PM
    My baby is a couple weeks old and I'm feeding her every 2-3 hours. I'm sleep deprived and I'd like to start pumping but I'm having reservations about feeding her with a bottle. Here are my questions: When do I pump if I'm already breastfeeding? Will I produce too much milk if I do both? Is it too soon to introduce a bottle? Should I get a preemie nipple? What are the benefits of feeding from my breast only? Do I get the same benefits of breastfeeding if I bottle feed breast milk?
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  • @llli*jmaza's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:04 AM
    Hello, I am looking to see if there are any fellow mommies that have gone through this and can maybe give me some suggestions. I am trying to wean my 1 year old from nursing/breast milk and onto cow's milk. He has taken bottles of breast milk since the age of 5 1/2 months just fine from his sitter and now takes the bottles of cow's milk from the sitter as well. He refuses to drink from the bottle from my husband and I. I have tried purchasing different bottles and sippy cups to no avail. Has anyone gone through this and possibly has some suggestions to give on how I should go about it? Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*aprilfrogs's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 02:44 AM
    Hi everyone, I have a 14 week old little girl that loves to breastfeed. I returned to work when she was 7 weeks old and she tolerated the transition to expressed milk in bottles well. I've always struggled with pumping enough milk while at work, but we have made it ok. I always seem to be on the verge of having to use a supplement, as I don't have a freezer stash. I haven't had to do so yet. I've tried all the tips, herbs, extra sessions and all to no avail. I know I'm doing my best and will keep pumping as much as I can. I am worried because recently my milk has been green and seems to be more formilk than hindmilk. I'm pumping at least every 3 hours at work and nursing on demand at home. I use massage to help empty my breast and get up in the middle of the night to pump after nursing. This has been fine for weeks, and just recently started this issue. My LO has started to have green poop and it's more watery than normal. I haven't changed my diet and she doesn't seem in distress regarding her belly. Is it ok for her to have formilk like this and any ideas as to why the sudden shift? I have started to spot a little, but no period yet. Could it be hormonal influence? Thanks for the help in advance.
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  • @llli*ksl522's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 05:17 PM
    @llli*ksl522 started a thread How to Wean?? in Weaning
    I am starting back to work in 2 weeks and will not be pumping during the day. Any advice on "how to wean"? Should I nurse in the morning and at night for a while then go to just night nursing? What should I do?
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  • @llli*dmk's Avatar
    July 28th, 2015, 12:39 PM
    My baby is 5.25 months old and I have been back at work for about three and a half weeks. I pump 3 or 4 times while I'm at work, and I send 13-14 oz. to daycare (we're apart from 7-6). We nurse at 7 am before going to daycare and as soon as I am home at 6, as well as at bedtime, and for at least one, but usually two, additional MOTN feedings. Baby is gaining well, though his gain has slowed down in the last month as he's gotten more active (and now he's trying to crawl! at 5 months!). His poops and pees are fine. This last week, my supply was GREAT -- I was pumping plenty at work, and some extra over the weekend when the baby unexpectedly slept through the night on Friday. But then Sunday, I came down with some kind of tummy bug -- I wasn't hungry, wasn't keeping liquid down, etc. It only lasted about 12 hours, and I did my best to stay hydrated, to avoid a hit to my supply. I pumped once on Sunday after taking some Pepto (just in case) and got almost 4 oz. (and the baby only ate 2 oz., from my stash). It's now Tuesday, and my supply has TANKED since then. Baby is much more fussy at the breast, pulling at the nipple and beating on the breast with his hands; I'm having to switch sides every couple of minutes to keep him latching on. My letdown seems slower. And my pumping output at work is dropping -- yesterday (Monday) I got 12.8 oz. over four pumps -- which is totally respectable, and seemed like a good sign to me! -- but then today, I'm getting less than 3...
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  • @llli*wildgreenskittle's Avatar
    July 29th, 2015, 11:03 AM
    Hey all. My husband and I are going on our first vacation since the baby was born and she will be 11 months when we leave her. Her Aunt is taking care of her while we're gone and I've been trying to pump and freeze enough milk. But I've been able to get barely anything. I pump every day, at the same time, but I only get about 2 oz. I think it's because I haven't pumped in quite a few months now, but idk. But I guess my question is, as anyone had to supplement formula and breastmilk for the same type of situation? Any tips? I think I can get enough saved for morning and bed time, but she'll have to use formula during the day. I hate to have to use formula, but we've made it this far without it so I call it a win. ;) And any recs on formula brand?
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  • @llli*amramey's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 01:16 AM
    My LO is 10 weeks. I start back to work this Thursday at a new job. I'm really worried about being able to pump at work. I'm a teacher with one 75 minute break during the day. Any tips about routines or making pumping work. I'm scared I will dry up and I'm so proud I've made it this long but I'm not ready to stop.
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  • @llli*bxlgirl's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 01:54 AM
    Hi LLLadies, Help, my 5 month old is developing a nipple preference while I am away on 12 hour shifts! She does not use a paci and I never introduced bottles to her until I was away. I started work last week and have had 5 shifts since then. LO has always cluster fed from 5 - 9pm, and night nurses 3 - 5x/night. The problem is now I arrive home at 9:15pm so she has a full tummy and not much interest in night nursing. The good news is I work 3 shifts on, 3 off so on my off days it will be as usual: breast only, no pacis, no bottles. To be clear, she is not refusing to nurse, but I saw signs from her that she is impatient when nursing and I notice something is different/wrong already with just 5 shifts behind us. She is at home with DH and DSD (24yrs) who are feeding her bottles of pumped milk, and I stress 1 - 1.5oz/hour. I have told him not to fed baby within an hour of my arrival but he did it again last night by feeding her a 4oz of 5 frozen ounces between 7 - 9 pm. I was so sad because by defrosting a big bottle like that, we had to throw out the last ounce this morning since it was more than ten hours after defrost (and my DSD put it in the refirgerator door, too). So I've asked him to at most feed her one ounce if absolutely necessary in that last hour. I also put Kellymom's human milk storage reference card on the stand-alone freezer where the milk is stored, but they are not really getting the message. I tried freezing what was over and above...
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  • @llli*flanneryflynn's Avatar
    July 28th, 2015, 10:55 AM
    Hi! I'm new here. :) I did a lot of research and studying while I was pregnant, including taking the Bradley method course, trying to learn everything I could about taking care of myself during the pregnancy and the birth. The labor and birth was phenomenal. Completely natural, as my husband and I wanted, right in our home. Nursing troubles started immediately when baby girl wasn't interested in nursing until the next day. I wasn't able to get anything more in her mouth than the nipple, which led to severe pain and cracking and bleeding. After about a week of that (and my mother telling me that it was normal) we had a lactation consultant visit and I was able to get a slightly better latch. Still painful, but slightly better. She told us baby girl had a tongue tie so we made arrangements and had it lasered five days after that. In the interim, I pumped and we fed her via syringe to give my nipples a break. The release went well and she healed nicely, but I couldn't get the latch any better. Plus I started getting plugged ducts, which I still have. I haven't been successful in getting ANY of them out. . . And there's a lot of them. I'm doing hot showers while massaging and hand expressing, the bag of marbles trick, electric toothbrush and hot compresses. Pretty much spend my days top less (which I hate because I feel so. . . Not put together. Not to mention the scramble for clothes when the ups guy comes) to avoid the constriction of a bra. And i sleep on my back....
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  • @llli*kristalee's Avatar
    July 28th, 2015, 01:03 PM
    @llli*kristalee started a thread Colostrum... in Weaning
    If I continue to breastfeed my now 17 mo old throughout a subsequent pregnancy would I still make colostrum for the new baby, or would I need to wean in order to restart my milk system?
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  • @llli*musicalmelaniee's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 12:00 PM
    Hello everyone, I am sure this topic has been discussed before. I am 28wks pregnant with #2 and have a daughter who will be 3yrs in October. She has continued to nurse during the pregnancy, including at night (we cosleep), as I've never done any night weaning. This second child was a surprise to us, and to be honest, I would've wanted to wait to get pregnant for my daughter's sake-- for her to be more independent, more emotionally ready, etc. because, as it is now, she is very high needs, and requires constant attention, emotional love and support, etc. and "milkies" are very important to her. (However, since I got pregnant, she has been nursing much less than usual, which I personally am very happy with, as I am-- to be honest-- not fond of breastfeeding her any more, I do it only because it's important to HER). Mostly I only nurse her to put her to sleep, and then to put her back to sleep when she wakes during naps or during the night time. At night, she typically wakes only once, but can wake up to 3 times. This is a great improvement already to how many times she used to wake up, and this has been a natural, organic change that she has made herself. Ok, so that's the background. My question is regarding how I will handle the sleeping situation when the baby is born. I wanted to always wait until she was ready to nightwean, and never push her beyond where she is emotionally ready. She does not seem to be ready to give it up now, but I'm not sure if that's just...
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  • @llli*lllkaren's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 11:08 AM
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 10:29 PM
    I'm completely fed up, at my wits end, sad and pissed at the extent to which this kid wants to nurse still. At 26 mos all he wants to do is nurse. When I get home from work in the evenings thats all he wants. Today I nursed him to wake for reunion nurse. Then he nursed I think 3 times long enough to read two preschool sized books. Then it took a flipping hour to get him to sleep. Of course nothing but boo b will work and when I get fed up and say enough is enough I've had it go to sleep and take him off for a break we get to start all over again. If anyone had told me how much this would be difficult at this age I am not sure I would have ever breastfed at all. I love it but holy crap why constantly??? I dotn know a single other person with a child this age that nurses so much. Everyone else I know they lost interest on their own and it reduced. I am already in physical therapy for my upper back and neck and the strain from nursing no matter how we lay or sit keeps aggravating it. I find it hard to say no more and be firm amd force him basically because it is extremely upsetting to him and in my gut I feel that hes nowhere near ready and I dont want the fight. I feel hopeless that he will never cut back on his own. I think his need for it is compounded in that im the only other person here with him and only attn and parent he has. I'm so confused. Why doesn't he just lessen on his own? If I didnt nurse he would just go without food with me. Rant over!
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  • @llli*jolena.lee's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 11:53 PM
    My son is 6 months old. For the first 2 months he gained weight really well. That slowed down by 4 months and completely stopped by 5 1/2 months. For 2 weeks we tried offering formula after feedings to see if he was still hungry. Sometimes he took it and sometimes he didn't. His pediatrician now tells us that we have to use formula for every feeding. Instead I'm pumping my milk and giving it to him in bottles to monitor how much food he gets. My problem is that when I pump I may get an ounce each breast if I'm lucky. More often I'm getting just over an ounce between the two sides. I watch the milk while I pump and I seem to be getting a let down, but it doesn't last long. I'm not sure what to do. Besides it makes no sense at all. My son is almost always happy. Didn't act hungry after he ate. Before I started pumping the WIC office let me borrow a scale to see how much he was eating and most the time it said he didn't even have an ounce to eat. Is that even possible for him to be so happy and not be getting much to eat? He eats about every 2 hrs whether he has breast milk, formula, or solids. I'm really not sure what happened to my milk. I used to leak when I fed him and it hasn't for a couple months. We had to use a nipple shield because he wasn't latching onto the nipple well. He kept sliding off. At the time I just figured it was because his mouth was so small. Now I wonder if he could have an upper lip tie. One of the ladies at the WIC department said he...
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  • @llli*jolena.lee's Avatar
    July 27th, 2015, 10:11 PM
    My son is 6 months old. For the past 2 months he didn't gain any weight. The dr says that I need to give him formula. Someone let me borrow a scale so that I can weight my son before and after feedings to see what he had to eaten. Most of the time the scale showed that he hadn't even eaten an ounce. So I'm assuming my supply has dwindled drastically. I'm pretty sure it's from when I went back to work: The stress added to the lack of pumping. To make sure that my son was getting what he needed to eat, I started pumping my milk and giving it to him in bottles. One of the problems is that When I pump Im lucky if I get an ounce between the two. I have a hygea medical pump. I pump everytime my son eats and I pump 5 min past the last drop. I'm pretty sure I get a let down early on In the pumping session; the milk comes out in sprays instead of drips, but it doesn't last longer than a few min. I am also taking fenugreek (3 2x a day), drinking mother's milk tea 2 x a day, eating oatmeal and flax seed. I don't see any of this helping. I'm not sure what else I can do. If I can't get my supply back I'm going to have to stop. I'm pumping maybe 7-8 oz a day and my son is eating 20. I know that half is better than non, but I'm spending so much time pumping that I don't get much time with him. I don't want to give up. Can anyone help?
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  • @llli*fiskmama's Avatar
    July 28th, 2015, 11:38 PM
    I had my son, Oliver, on July 17th at 36w6d. He's now 11 days old, and we have been supplementing his feedings with expressed breast milk and the finger feeding method with a syringe. He falls asleep at the breast and wasn't gaining weight. So we rented a hospital grade scale to weigh his feeds, and we now supplement expressed breast milk from pumping to meet each feeding requirement of 45mL. He lost 12% of his body weight in the first 2 days of life, and now we are trying to get him to gain weight back. He is now 5lb9oz, but he was born at 6lb2oz. He has slowly but surely began gaining weight since we rented the scale. However, now that he is used to finger feeding, he refuses to latch most of the time. It can take up to an hour of him protesting and screaming until he finally latches on. Even so, he tends to fall asleep within 10-15 minutes and rarely nurses more than about 25mL which is not enough for him to gain weight. He usually latches around 8 times a day, but it's hard to get him to nurse long enough at all. I feel like I am at a crossroads. I don't want to have to supplement his feedings, BUT I am afraid that if I don't supplement, he will fall asleep too quickly and not get enough to eat and start losing weight again. Another thing to consider is that he has kidney issues so he really can't get dehydrated. I'm ready to transition to just breast feeding, but maybe he is just not ready yet and we need to keep supplementing until he is a little...
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  • @llli*emersushea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    My daughter will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and since day 4 she has been breastfeeding every 30 min to an hour when awake and every 1-2 hrs at night. I have a BF tracker app and she eats 19-23 times a day. I keep reading about cluster feelings and growth spurts but her feeding frequency has not seemed to calm down. Is this normal? When do feeding frequencies tend to calm down? Should I be worried that she's on the boob so Frequently? She's put on 2 lbs, 2 oz already since birth and has tons of wet and dirty diapers so I know she's getting enough. I am utterly exhausted and depressed as I find it hard to leave the house for anything. Frustrated. :cry
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  • @llli*pr2000's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 07:33 PM
    Hi all, My 9-month-old has gotten two lower teeth in the past 2 weeks and has begun biting hard. As I type this my right nipple is still throbbing painfully an hour after he nursed to sleep (and bit down hard). I have repeatedly tried saying "No biting, Kris" sharply, and setting him down on the floor. Today both in the morning and at night, he bit so hard I yelled out involuntarily loudly in pain and set him down instantly. Unfortunately he only bites at the very END of a nursing session so he is not upset to be set down. He smiles/giggles happily when I yell even though I am obviously upset and don't pick him back up for a few minutes. Not sure where he got the idea this is a game - I know he is doing it for a reaction, but I am at my wits' end. I had hoped to nurse to 12 months and even beyond perhaps, but this is starting to feel masochistic because I now dread nursing. I just never know when he is going to clamp down, and I find myself nervously anticipating it every session. I am seriously considering weaning and switching to exclusively pumping until 12 months if this does not stop pronto. Everything I have read online says babies always stop when you say no, set them down etc. Apparently not my little guy. All ideas are gratefully accepted.
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  • @llli*sansaz's Avatar
    July 30th, 2015, 05:23 AM
    Hello everyone! I am a proud breastfeeding mother of a 17 month old. I feed on demand, co-sleep, and was planning on doing child led weaning. However, my daughter now needs extensive dental work due to bottle decay and consequently, her dentist has told me to stop all night nursing immediately. I am wondering if anyone else has gone through this and what they did. I normally wouldn't question a doctor's advice, but the thought of cutting off night nursing is pretty terrible. And if I did, how would I do that?!!! Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!!!
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  • @llli*littlecavemomma's Avatar
    July 30th, 2015, 06:08 PM
    Hi ladies! My 8mo has been breastfed from the beginning with very little issue (I count my lucky stars). We started baby-led solids at 6mo for dinner only, but started sending lunch to school with her at 7mo. She loves solids but it never affected her nursing frequency. I pump at work and get good yields so I know my supply is fine (usually 15+ oz total in 3 x 20-min pumps). During the week she usually nurses about 5 times a day, 2-3 of which are still at night which I encourage. She usually gets 4-5 x 3oz bottles in a 10 hour separation at daycare. They do paced feeding and she doesn't always finish her bottles. On the weekends she usually nurses 10-12 times in 2-3 hour intervals, it just all depends. Her sessions are usually at least 10-15 minutes long, and often she'll comfort nurse at least once a day for 30+ minutes at a time. I nurse on cue but often I offer when it's convenient, but she rarely turns it down. Diapers and gain have always been great, but she is petite. So here's my problem: This week we went on a "vacation" to the beach with my husband's family. The baby did mostly fine, but missed a lot of sleeping and some nursing, especially those comfort sessions. By day 3 I was having a hard time getting her to nurse during daytime hours at all. She would latch for 5 minutes (at most) then do a backflip off the boppy to crawl away. I would try to reposition her and she would fuss and roll away again. I tried other positions but she was just not interested....
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    July 29th, 2015, 06:51 PM
    Since returning to work I'm not getting nearly enough pumping. Im usually home three days a week and I only nurse and baby is satisfied. But my freezer stash is almost down to nothing and there have been three days when I didn't pump right when I should have or didn't pump both times. My supply has dropped some and now when I pump I hardly get anything but if i squeeze my breast there is milk. I'm worried we're going to have to start supplementing. Help
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