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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 11:16 AM
    I just took my 4 month old to his check up today and knew there were a few questions I was going to have. For the last few weeks, my LO has been very fussy during his nursing sessions. He would almost refuse the right breast and when he would nurse on the left, he would come off after about 5 minutes and be pretty fussy so I would move him over to the right side again. He would latch on for a few seconds and come off, get back on, then off getting more and more fussy each time so I thought I needed to burp him. He would scream his little head off because he was still hungry. after he burped he would be fine. well, this morning, my baby hasnt gain a single pound in 2 months! 1>> I FEEL TERRIBLE!! I have not been able to help my baby grow! 2>> doctor has advised us to give him just formula for the next 7-10 days to see if there is a gain in weight. If there is, he said that it could possibly be that my milk is not giving my baby the nutrients he needs to gain weight. Im pretty devastated over this and I am needing some advice. Im going to continue to pump (I have been pumping since going back to work when my babe turned 2 months) but I need to know if there is a way to thicken up my breast milk? My diet usually consists of oatmeal everyday, lots of lean protein, veggies, almond milk... I also take fenugreek to help with my supply. I know that pumping alone will not keep my supply where I need it to be as I have seen a significant decrease as it is. If there is...
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  • @llli*morakt's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 10:23 PM
    My baby is 1 month old and up until now he's been exclusively breastfeeding and everything seemed to go ok: gaining weight, lots of soaked diapers and stools, etc. Since about a week ago he seems to be hungry after feedings in the evening and I feel as if I don't have enough milk, I don't feel him swallowing, is suctioning rapidly and gets very fussy and restless and sucks his hands. I have given him formula twice now and feel very defeated and sad at having to do so, but I am pretty much certain that he's not getting enough in the evenings and stays hungry. What can I do? I do not want to continue to give him formula by any means but it breaks my heart to see him not get enough and stay hungry. I drink the Mother's Milk tea many throughout the day and just ordered some expensive Domperidone (I will get it in two weeks time) but I am so afraid this will not work and feel so frustrated and sad I do not know what to do anymore. I want to attend the LLL meetings but they happen only the third Monday of the month in my city, so I will have to wait until the third monday of March which is very long time. Any help or advice will be so appreciated, any mother would understand what I am going through, this is all I think about all day and breastfeeding my child is my number one priority and the single most important thing for me at the moment. Please help me.
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  • @llli*mjollnir's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:29 PM
    Hi all, my 8 week old has just suddenly developed this habit of wildly thrashing at the breast when she's tired. It only happens when she's due for a sleep, and if it happens during the day I put her in the pram or manduca and go for a walk with her and she falls asleep within about 2 minutes. But in the evenings when I can't just do that (I have another child) I don't know what to do. She screams before letdown, during letdown (if she even stays calm long enough for it to happen) and afterwards too. She pulls off, thrashes wildly and screams, legs and arms flailing. If I take her off the breast and try walking around with her in my arms in her normal favourite positions, she screams too. I don't know if it's related to breastfeeding per se, or just overtired and inability to put herself to sleep but it makes me want to stop breastfeeding and switch to formula just so I can give her over to my husband and get a break from the constant screaming. Because if he takes her now she gets even more hysterical. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    February 23rd, 2015, 02:24 PM
    I've had a bleb for weeks now, which has looked like it cleared and came back etc. It's not backing up behind it so some milk is getting past. Then the past few days it's gotten even more painful and the skin around it red and angry. I figured it's infected somehow so I say my gp today and he's put me on flucloxaciillin. This may be a silly question but does oral treatment make sense? I was kinda expecting an antibacterial ointment... What concerns me more is when I said I was having trouble with a milk blister he asked me where it was.... I didn't realise other parts of my body could get milk blisters! Safe to say I worry he had no idea what he was saying. ...
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  • @llli*apple963's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 11:19 AM
    I have heard there is a "pump slump" that happens between 8-10 months. Well I have been working and pumping since baby was 3 months old and he just turned 8 months and I am noticing a decrease in my pumping output. If pump slump is common, what does everyone do to counteract it??? I would hate to see this be the end of our nursing relationship but I can't help but feel that may be the case.
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 03:22 PM
    Hi ladies. I have a little man who will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and he has yet to reach his birth weight again. He was 6lbs 11oz at birth, proceeded to do huge black sticky poops (I think there were 8 in the first 24 hours) and went down to 6lbs 1oz. Hospital made me 'top him up with formula' after I'd bfed him to see if it would help him put on weight faster, but after I protested and said I would rather he have my ebm they agreed and let me do it that way. Now, my LO has been mostly asleep since he was born. Only in the past three days has he had 'waking' periods of 5 or 6 minutes before he goes back to sleep again. He has cried three times since birth and if he wants feeding he only whimpers or goes 'eh, eh'. I'm atuned to these cues and will feed him when he asks, but generally I have to wake him up to do so as he lets it go for hours other wise. The longest he has left it between feeds is a good 5 hours, which isn't helping him gain that weight back and is making my midwives uneasy about it. They want me to feed him every three hours, and I want to feed on demand.. but if I do it on demand, he'll never put on weight! How do we get over the sleeping baby thing?? It's frustrating because I've got to literally strip him down to his nappy, pop him on his belly and rub his back to get him to wake up enough to feed! He's on the breast for about 15 minutes and then refuses to latch any further after pulling himself off. I've got a very good let down reflex (I can feel...
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  • @llli*rani's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 03:07 PM
    My baby is 5.5 months old. I have to be at work for 4 weeks, yesterday was first day. Dad is at home with baby. He is not taking bottle at all. We have tried different bottles/different nipples. Yesterday I ran back at mid day to feed him, and then back. Today for his first feed after I left he drank a little and my husband spoon fed him total of 1.5 oz. But I have to go mid day for his next feed. We have tried sippy cup too. I never took bottle feeding seriously as for the 3-4 times I had been away, he had drank fine earlier. Maybe he was little, around 2 months so he didn't know. So I thought he will be ok, plus I am going to be home with him after this month goes. How do we train him to take bottle? Is he going to lose any weight for this 1 month that I have to work? Please help. I called my local hospital LC and she said after 3-4 days he would be ok.
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  • @llli*canadianemily's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 11:42 AM
    My LO is four months old now, but we've been struggling with his weight since he was born. I got to breastfeed immediately after birth, but the hospital encouraged us to supplement right off the bat. So we continued doing little amounts of supplementing via syringe when we went home. At one point the doctor was happy with his weight gain and said we could stop, and then soon after got very concerned and sent us to a pediatrician -- this brings us to where we are today, supplementing with two 3 oz bottles a day. This brought his weight up from 15th percentile to 25th percentile over a few weeks. And yes, they're using the new WHO charts. He was born 9 lbs 4 oz and is now about 14.5 lbs. Thing is, he's over 99th percentile for length, so I do worry constantly that he should be heavier. The docs are fine with him being at 25th percentile though. In terms of other history, I think he's producing enough wet diapers, although each wet isn't very much. I can get away with changing him about 4-5 times over 24 hours, although this includes using a 12-hour diaper overnight. When he was strictly breastfed, he would go over two weeks without a bowel movement. It increased a lot when we started supplements but now it's back to a week and a half between them. I feed him at least every couple hours, including through the night, although I only offer one side at a time at night because I do side-lying position while cosleeping. Plus he falls back to sleep quickly most of the time. ...
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  • @llli*soblessed's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 07:40 PM
    So my son is 3m old and we have been bfing as well as i have to pump for while im away at work. Everything has been great. Until this week. Over the weekend i had a stomach bug. Still managed to nurse through it all. And i mean he was very attached to me! Well my supply took a hit i guess and my sitter had to supplement (this made me really upset) because i couldnt get enough pumped. Im doing everything i can to get my supply back up! Brewers yeast and fenugreek along with eating oatmeal as well as lots of water and of course nurse nurse nurse. But its the pumping and getting it stored is the problem. There is barely anything to pump! I usually get 8oz while at work and today only got 6 and just pumped again and only got a ounce. At this rate he is going to get supplements again tomorrow. Luckily tomorrow is the end of my work week. So that is where my question lays how long should i wait after he nurses to pump? And actually see something and not just a few drops. Because thats all i get after he nurses and i pump. I dont even get a oz. He drains me. Also should i maybe try powerpumping? Any of you had or seen success with that? TIA mommas!
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 08:23 PM
    DS is will be 7 weeks old in two days. The last week or so, he has been having terrible gas pains. We're doing gas drops with every feeding, and they help a bit, but he is still in pain. I give one bottle a day as a dream feed, and while DH is giving that bottle, I will pump. I'm pumping about 3.5 hours after DS last feed. During this pumping session I will get as much as 9 ounces out. Does this indicate I have an oversupply issue? Which could possible be the cause of the gassiness? I have been nursing quite often in the side lying position, as I thought that I may have an overactive let-down, but from everything I gather, generally an overactive let-down is a sign of oversupply. My issue is, even with side lying DS doesn't let any dribble out. He gulps it down, along with a bunch of air. So I'm kind of at a loss of what to do. Maybe I don't have an over supply, I just don't know why DS would be the gassy.
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  • @llli*anrinyycab's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 08:04 PM
    First of all, I am a dad, married to the beautiful mother of my daughter. Not sure if some of you will find this disgusting or creepy - I sure would have two years ago. But has anyone tried asking their partner, if applicable, to help with this? We tried this to see if it would help relieve the pressure and are we ever glad we did. To be perfectly honest, in addition to my finding the milk very surprisingly delicious as I had heard it was bitter/sour, my wife found the immediate relief beneficial and she was glad to have somebody who could communicate to her exactly what was happening. It was easy to do, not having to fire up the pump in the middle of the night, and the relief was fast. She had way too much milk. Just an idea, feel free to comment.
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  • @llli*fsilva's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 09:33 AM
    Hi, My son is 3 weeks and he is feeding 5 minutes on each breast. He swallows fast and has reflux. After that he starts falling asleep so I put him on his bed and after a few minutes he starts crying so I give him a bottle of formula and he drinks about half oz and falls asleep. Otherwise he continues to cry. I've used an extractor and I get around 3-4 oz between both breasts after 15 min pumping on each. My son if I give him only a bottle either with breast milk or formula usually eats between 3-4 oz every 2:30 hrs at the most. I need help I don't want to use the extra formula bottle just breast feeding. I lay him down beside me during the night to breast feed and perhaps slow any fast let down I might have. Am I making enough milk? What can I do to produce more for him or satisfy him without an extra bottle? It seems he sleeps more if I feed him with the bottle (breast milk or formula) instead of just breast feeding.
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 09:17 AM
    I am 8 weeks 3 days pp. I had a scheduled csection. I didn't start out nursing, but by day 3, I was nursing exclusively. My LO nurses 8-10 times a day. He sleeps(about) from 6-9:30, 10-3, and 3:30-6 every night. I stopped post partum bleeding by 5 weeks pp. This morning I had went to the bathroom and had some pink spotting. Not old blood, new blood. Could I already be getting my period back?!
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  • @llli*brittjack's Avatar
    February 22nd, 2015, 03:15 PM
    So we just had our 4 month checkup and everything was fine--even got the go ahead for solid foods. I told my pediatrician that my baby is still eating every 1-2 hrs and he said that we need to start trying to space it out to 2.5-3 hrs. (He wouldn't dare say that if he saw the screaming demon that is my child when he is hungry....he becomes an inconsolable red faced little puddle of tears) He claims that my babywill get more hind milk this way and therefore be more satisfied and get more calories. I have read conflicting advice saying that this will kill my supply. Also noteworthy is that his weight percentile has dropped from his last visit at two months (76%tile) to 47%tile which our doc said was ok. He is still growing well (head circumference and height are steady in the 90's) but it still concerns me that maybe I'm not making enough for him. He also cries much more than the average child. Some days I feel like I'm reaching the end of my rope with him because he is just SO fussy. And then every now and then (once every few weeks) he has a great day and is sweet and smiley almost all day long. I'm wondering if these things may be linked. I'm worried that now he is hitting his 4 month growth spurt and my supply won't be able to catch up. I've never had an abundant supply--always seemed to have just barely enough. Every time a growth spurt hit, it was really tough getting through it. One last thing--usually when I am at work and have to pump--I can ALMOST match...
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  • @llli*blue-sky's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 05:17 AM
    Hi, me and my 11 week old have finally got to grips with breastfeeding after the first two months of problems (pain, weak latch, mastitis, slow let down, over supply...) and I've been feeding on demand including through the night. He sleeps in my bed and we feed tummy to tummy to I don't mind the night feeds at all. And I know he's healthy, and happy. What I'm struggling with is that after he's fed he wants to comfort nurse throughout the night. If I try to unlatch him (most nights, not all) he then wakes up fully and wants to feed again. So I put him back on, he feeds for 20 seconds and then its just comfort feeding again. And I can't sleep properly while he's doing it and the tiny gnawing feeling starts to drive me crazy!! I have tried to guide him to suck his fingers (so far not interested), and tried a dummy (hated it). Anyone got any ideas, or do I just deal with it for now. After all, he is healthy and feeding well :)
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  • @llli*jude-kimberly's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 06:06 PM
    My son will be 16 weeks old this Sunday, and I have been back at work for nearly 10 weeks. Until yesterday, my supply has been consistent. I pump 3x/day while at work, and typically take home between 14-17oz for the next day. He has on average 13-15oz while I'm at work, so thankfully I have a little extra in the fridge. Yesterday and today I needed to add an extra pumping session to barely get enough to take home - yesterday I only produced 12oz, and today, only 11oz. I am beginning to get a little concerned... When I am home, I nurse him twice in the evening, once in the middle of the night, and twice in the morning before work. I also take 2 fenugreek pills each morning, and have oatmeal with a teaspoon of brewer's yeast and a teaspoon of flax. I generally eat healthy, and drink plenty of water.
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 01:03 AM
    Ladies I am confused. 21 mo old just wants to nurse. Eats good at dcp but when with me seriously just wants to nurse all the time. Which im okay with the nursing part but the refusal to eat is confusing. Suddenly refusing foods that used to be okay with him. Has picked at dinner all week, tonight we got a pizza and of course he ate that so idk what to think. I mostly want to only offer healthy options so not sure how to go about it. My gut instinct is to just offer what I'm fixing and if he eats he eats if not then he doesnt but idk if that's the right thing to do. The last couple weekends only ate basically one smal snack and one good meal per day. We did recently lose a pet he was extremely attached to so not sure if thatis playing a role also. I try to offer a few options on items but the picking seems to just be getting more the rule than the exception. Just a side note recently will start crying if I suggest eating food instead of doing nursies. He is growing like a weed so I'm not concerned about growth at this point. Thoughts? Also curious about if I NEED to actively start discourage nursing. He will eventually weanif I do nothing right? Def before college anyways I hope hahahhaha
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  • @llli*candelita's Avatar
    February 24th, 2015, 10:53 AM
    I have a work trip coming up for which I will be gone for 4 full days. I can't take my LO with me. I am exclusively breastfeeding. I do have a good pump but I need tips on how to pump enough to have enough for him when I leave! The trip is in July. But I do not have a freezer stash of more than maybe 16 oz.
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  • @llli*eva.modric's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 02:35 PM
    Hello all, any advise would be much appreciated! My baby is three months old, breast fed, and won't drink out of a bottle - I had to delay my maternity leave because of this. From about 1 - 8 weeks old he would have an occasional bottle and had no problem latching onto it and drinking out of it. A few weeks ago, in preparation for returning to work, I started offering him bottles and he just won't latch on and drink for more than a few seconds. At best he will latch for a few seconds, and then gum on or chomp the nipple ineffectually, coo, gurgle, spit, latch for a second or two, etc. I have tried every available type of bottle at this point, from Dr. Brown's to tommee tippee to Breast Flow, Nuk, etc. I have tried leaving the house while someone else offers it, and it does not seem to help. Could it be because he has a tongue tie? He never had any problems latching onto the breast.
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  • @llli*moochpooch's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 01:08 PM
    My daughter is eight weeks old, and I am still struggling to comfortably breastfeed her on my right side. It's become very easy for me to feed her on my left; I can pretty much just put her there and she latches on fine by herself. But when I try to put her on my right breast it is generally uncomfortable and often painful. About a week or so ago, my right nipple became chafed and it is still causing me discomfort. I assume this is due to continued bad positioning and/or latch when feeding her on my right. I am going to make an appointment to see my lactation consultant, but in the meantime I would appreciate any suggestions as to how I can deal with this. I've seen the LC twice already, and during those appointments the feeding positions she helped me set up felt comfortable. Not sure why I can't replicate that at home. I have experimented with different positions but have yet to find one that works. I use the cradle position when feeding her on my left, but it feels really awkward to do so on my right. I thought the laid back position would be a solution, but for whatever reason it isn't always comfortable and I feel like I'm setting it up wrong. I'll have to talk to the LC about it. I should also mention that my breasts are on the smaller side, which I think makes certain feeding positions challenging. It's difficult for me to do the football hold, for example, without someone helping to set it up since I have to use a bunch of pillows and things around me and to...
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  • @llli*rohen002's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 11:40 AM
    My son is just now 3 months old. I have plenty of supply and a fairly fast letdown. I nursed my daughter until she was over 2 years (my mild dried up when 6 months pregnant and not she has no interest "It takes too long, can I have a cup) so I'm not exactly new to this but he is really throwing me for a loop! I was able to stay home for a year with my daughter but I have to go back to work in a week so I'm panicking. Any advice would be welcome. Baby is napping after being awake 1.5 hours so his naps and eating are all over the place time wise. He seems to eat better when he first wakes up and does not nurse to sleep because then he was having reflux so we have to burp him and that wakes him up. He nurses before bed at around 8pm. Lately he is only waking up once between 1-2 am to eat at night. He is 9th percentile so this is fine with me as I don't have a supply problem. He then wakes up at 5am and wants to eat but the problem is if I feed him at 5 he wont eat at 7am and I have to leave for work at 8 (starting in a week) so I want him to eat at 7. He is easy to put back to sleep (in the swing) at 5 without eating though and I have to actually wake him at 7 (otherwise he will happily sleep until 8/8:30 even with not eating since 1 or 2). However, the last few days he will barely eat at 7!! Right now he is barely eating all day!! He hates the bottle (so far the 3 times he's tried one) but will have to have one per day when I work. Sometimes I have to pump because I have so...
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  • @llli*ajayson192004's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:18 PM
    Ok, I just want to ask the experienced breastfeeding mamas there take on my 6 month old and the fact that he still nurses every 2 hours and still wakes in the middle of the night regularly to nurse. I know breastfeeding patterns are different for every baby but I thought by now....especially since the introduction of solid foods his nursing times would space out and he'd be sleeping through the night!!
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    February 26th, 2015, 09:08 PM
    Hi, I have a 9 week old baby who I have always exclusively breastfed. Every 2-3 hours, longest stretch without feeding is 5 hours at the beginning of the evening. I have been pumping once a day since she was born, to have a stash handy for back-up, babysitting, etc. I have always been able to pump about 3-4 ounces per session (about 1 hour after I feed her). Never had supply problems. Then suddenly in the past week, my pumping sessions are yielding almost nothing. More concerning to me, my baby only gained 9 ounces in 2 weeks, where before she was gaining 1 ounce/day. She seems to be peeing and pooping well but the slow down of her weight gain is worrying me, combined with no pumping output. The only correlation I can think of is this weird, thick, sticky discharge that I've had over the past several days which is new. I have no idea what this is, but it seems like there are hormonal shifts causing this? Has anyone experienced this? I'm hoping it is a temporary drop but getting very nervous...
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    I have had many, many issues with painful breastfeeding and have seen many certified lactation specialists with few results. To reduce the pain, the current doctor (and certified lactation specialist) I am seeing had me reduce pumping to every 3 hours ( down from every 2) and breastfeed only once or twice a day, mostly for bonding and comfort since, despite a strong suck, my baby only gets about .5 oz from these sessions (I realize the shield reduces transfer, but it is the only way bf had been tolerable). When I pump, I only get between 1.75 to 2 ounces. I have been taking fenugreek, more milk special blend supplement, a probiotic, moringa, and calcium and magnesium ( for vasospasm). My doctor seems to think with reduced stress, healed breasts, and the supplements, I will eventually bring my pumped production up to 3 oz. I think we have both given up on the idea of exclusively breastfeeding, since my baby is 4 weeks old and there has been very little progress in that area, except that I am able to bf with the shield a few times a day ( more than that and the nipple becomes so sore and irritated that even pumping is painful ). I am so exhausted -- I'm working so hard to make this work for so few results. My heart is broken at the idea that bf isn't working, but I would be okay with everything if I was at least pumping enough milk for my baby, but as it is we have to supplement about half her intake with formula. I really would like to try medication to improve lactation...
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  • @llli*k.rupert's Avatar
    February 25th, 2015, 06:29 AM
    For the first month of my daughters life, I had a lot of difficulties breast feeding. I resorted to pumping and supplementing with breast milk from a friend who also just had a daughter. (My milk supply was extremely low) but during her second month we persevered and now she is nursing like a champ and I was able to increase my supply to meet her demands! We are so happy! However, lately during the nights she will only sleep on me while constantly needing to nurse. As soon as I set her down she wakes almost immediately no matter how asleep she appears to be before I lay her down. She just cries and cries until I give in and give her my boob! Then she drinks a little, and falls back asleep. This happens literally all. Night. Long. until around 6 or 7 am, and then she will have a very long stretch of sleep into the late afternoon. (About 6- 7 hours). And she will wake for about 2, 2.5 hours, and sleep like a rock again until night time when she once again refuses to be set down. I tried to comfort her with a pacifier, but now that she nurses she's not fooled like she used to be and she refuses to take it. Any advice? I have to return to work soon and I can't survive on this schedule!
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