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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 27th, 2015, 10:24 PM
    My lo is four days old. He's been doing fairly well with bf but we're having a few problems. 1. He almost never nurses from the right breast. It takes forever to get him to latch to it and sometimes he refuses. I'm having to pump it every time he nurses. 2. My nipples have been cracked and sore. At first they were bleeding but now they are just kind if raw. I've checked his latch. He is having enough wet and poppy diapers. I'm wondering if maybe he won't nurse from that side because of the nipple? 3. I have to go back to work in 4 -6 wks. Today daddy fed baby with an event bottle. It went fine but when we nursed the next time it seemed he was having trouble latching. Is it too soon for the bottle?
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  • @llli*shamrock34's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 04:04 PM
    Hi all, I am new to the board and could really use some help. I have been ebf my 16 week old and she constantly wants to nurse/ suck. She is gaining well (14 lbs now, 7 lbs at birth). She will only nap if she is nursing (attached to the breast the entire time) or pushed in a stroller. I nurse her to sleep at night and it takes 2+ hours of nursing to fall asleep. Then she wakes up 3-4 times a night and nurses about 1 hour each time. I have tried to unlatch her once I hear that she is done swallowing but she will scream and scream until I let her nurse the full hour. I am completely exhausted and do not know what to do. Co sleeping is not an option due to our mattress not being safe. I tried to nurse side lying on the floor (on a blanket) so I could rest but she screamed so we went back to the rocking chair. I cannot pump much so I have barely had any breaks in 4 months and only get 3-4 hours of broken sleep each night. I feel I am neglecting my 2.5 year old and my husband and need to make a change but I do not know what to do. My pediatrician said to keep it up until 6 months when I could try sleep training. I don't know if I can make it that long. Other background info... She has/had colic (nonstop screaming) until 3 months, multiple food allergies (diagnosed by colic and blood in the stool), so I'm on an allergy free diet and her stools are normal now (have been for 6+ weeks). I also had oversupply according to a lactation consultant so I was block feeding (3 hour...
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  • @llli*158breastfeed's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 10:06 AM
    Is it ok to use baby wipes instead of the medela quick clean wipes to clean my breast pump parts between pumping sessions at work? The Medela wipes just seem so much more expensive. Also, could I use the same wipes to clean the inside of the bottles I will use to pump into? I work 12 hour shifts and will have to pump several times a day and plan to pump into bottles but then pour my milk into bags for easier storage. I would prefer to use wipes to clean my parts because washing with soap and water at work is time consuming and plus I wouldn't want to store my parts in my bag while they are still wet with water from washing. Any recommendations? Thanks
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  • @llli*andreica's Avatar
    June 28th, 2015, 10:29 AM
    Hello everyone. I am turning to you amazing ladies once again as I don't really have anyone to talk to who could understan, let alone encourage me in my efforts to get my baby to nurse. I just need reassurance, or the cool voice of reason if it is due. Hope you can bear with me. I have posted already about my breastfeeding woes and it is a long tale so I won't bother you again with all the details. The "short" story is...not knowing what I was doing, no support or understanding (quite the opposite), and my own insecurities (FTM) resulted in me pumping for the better part of my 7 month old boy's life. We had many issues, nursing strikes, ineffective nurser, nasal congestion, bad latch, insufficient supply (fixed at 2 months with iron supplements), bottle prefference, severe vasospasms and many others. All my attempts at getting back to exclusive nursing were thwarted (IBCLC, positions, dream feeding etc.), mostly because of severe nasal congestion which lasted for months (still does, though it's not so severe)
    4 replies | 261 view(s)
  • @llli*mysticpizza's Avatar
    July 1st, 2015, 03:41 PM
    LO was born was low blood sugar, and they immediately took him to the NICU. They allowed me to BF, but also made us supplement with formula to make sure his blood sugar would go up. They also gave him a pacifier. He was there for 3 days. This might not be important to my issue, but I thought it was worth including just in case. He had a painful shallow latch ("lipstick nipples") the entire time I was in the hospital, but being a first time mom, I didn't really know what I was feeling wasn't normal. LO continues to have a shallow latch and creates sore nipples as he flicks his tongue against them. Since bringing him home, I've gone to two BF support groups sponsored by the hospital. The first time I went to the BF support group, the two LC's basically just told me that I needed to "ride it out," that the latch looked great and it would feel better eventually (ugh!). I couldn't accept this answer and did my own research, landing on tongue tie. I asked the pediatrician at the next appointment, who confirmed my suspicions, and referred me to an ENT doctor to preform the frenulotomy for tongue tie. So, with that back story, my question is... how long after a frenulotomy can I expect LO's latch to improve? It's been a week, and it's still as painful as it was before the procedure. I did some more research today and discovered more mouth/tongue exercises to do with him, which we've done twice today. I feel like I'm at my breaking point though - I don't know how...
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  • @llli*mylittlenora's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:15 PM
    I have a 12 week old who recently doesn't appear to be satisfied after eating from one breast so I started offering her the other. Since I've started doing this, her poops have changed from yellow to green and watery and she seems extra fussy. After spending hours researching what could be causing this, the only thing I can come up with is that she is receiving too much foremilk as once I put her on the other side, she only wants to eat for 5 minutes or so so I don't believe she is getting enough hindmilk. What should I do? I don't want her to be hungry, but I also don't want her to have belly aches and lots of green watery poops. Please help!
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 02:49 AM
    Here soon I will have to go back to work. I am going to wait as long as possible to give baby bottles but I also want to make sure he can do it. My so is a first time dad and I want to make it as easy on them as possible. When we do get to that point how should I go about it. We bought a few avent bottles and the one time daddy did feed him he did fine. I was going to do one bottle a day from the start but then we started having all these bf issues. Any recommendations on bottles,timing, etc. Would be great
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  • @llli*newsadmom's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 05:37 AM
    hi, i am currently breastfeeding my 1 month old baby and there has been bleeding on and off from the nipple and i used moisturizers and it would stop. now the bleeding has been persistent for the past 4 days every time i breastfeed and i have been using moisturizers and mebo and the bleeding still happens every time i start breastfeeding with that side. any help on what to do to stop the bleeding? i can no longer breastfeed with that side and the other side is starting to hurt badly now. thanks a lot
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 28th, 2015, 06:06 PM
    I think I have clogged ducts or mastitis My right breast the one baby doesn't like has painful lumps in it. There's a large one in my armpit. I font feel I'll though. What should I do?
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  • @llli*elandlanes.mommy's Avatar
    June 28th, 2015, 05:49 PM
    Lo will be 6 weeks old tomorrow. Everything is going great right now. I have s history of recurrent plugged ducts and mastitis so my question is this: should I avoid lifting weights with my upper body? I wanted to start working out but wasn't sure if lifting would encourage the mastitis and plugged ducts. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*jmr0808's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 01:18 PM
    Hi all - Posting here as kind of a last ditch effort. Going back to work in a few weeks and need help with pumping. Also posting in regular forum because my son isn't gaining weight that well, but that's a separate issue! Anyway - quick summary: my son is 8w5d, and I'll be going back at end of 12 weeks. I have a Hygeia Enjoye pump. I have large breasts & small nipples, plus a lot of breast tissue on bottom which is causing enormous problems with pumping, I also think (my diagnosis) that my nipples are "short", they don't come out that far into the shields when pumping. My breasts are 36 F or FF when full, but I fit a 21mm shield on left and even smaller on right - maybe 19mm (haven't tried that size). Things I have tried: -Medela 24mm and 21mm -Ameda areola stimulators -pumpin pals several sizes -24 mm hygeia flanges
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  • @llli*karaeubanks's Avatar
    June 28th, 2015, 11:53 AM
    Can anyone tell me their experience with this, or offer some perspective? My baby (boy) was born at 36w0d, and would now be 38 weeks. He can latch and suck using a nipple shield, but gets tired easily. He gets bottles (pumped breastmilk) after most breastfeeding sessions, because without them he gets cumulatively ravenous and becomes irate after a few feeds, so hungry that he refuses to eat and will only cry. He also gets bottles at night, because I have to take a prescription to sleep and can't be awake to breastfeed him. I'm afraid he's just learned to wait for the bottle to arrive, and that he's not learning to breastfeed effectively. On the other hand, without the bottle, he suffers from being too hungry to be content enough to try breastfeeding. On top of this dilemma, he seems to have chosen nighttime to really get his belly full. He'll sleep most of the day, then become alert in the evening and into the night (when I can't breastfeed, because that's when I have to take my prescription). This makes him even more dependent on the bottle, because his most alert hours are the ones where he's being exclusively bottle fed. I don't know whether I should 1) try to get him to be more alert in the mornings somehow, so he has more energy to breastfeed during the day 2) try to eliminate the bottles, though I can't see how, given that it seems to starve him :cry 3) continue supplementing, and hope he gets stronger at breastfeeding through the attempts he makes, and...
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  • @llli*km0712's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 03:13 PM
    Hi all, I would love some advice, and I think I need a place to sound off. My newborn is 3 weeks old, and was born on June 6th. We've had trouble with weight gain. She weighed 8 lbs 14 oz at birth, and was down to 8 lbs even when we left the hospital on June 9th (10% of birth weight). At the hospital she was jaundiced and the nurse did give her some formula while she was receiving phototherapy (always after a feed on the breast, but my milk hadn't come in yet). She has a tongue-tie, and after having it examined by several doctors, nurses, and my doula, we've decided not to snip it for now as her tongue can reach past her gum to push against her lips, and is visibly covering her gums while she latches. Everyone who has checked her latch says she latches really well, and she has right from the start. I haven't had discomfort since the first couple of days. However, she hasn't been gaining weight, and my nurse thinks it's a supply issue (I tend to agree, although we did talk about re-visiting the tongue-tie just to eliminate it as a possibility). I've been trying everything to increase my supply, and have become pretty frustrated despite my best attempts to stay positive. I'll give a history of her weight gain: June 6th - 8 lbs 14 oz June 9th - 8 lbs
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  • @llli*nirebear's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 07:56 AM
    I think I have some sort of over supply/fast let down and struggling to know what to do. My newborn is 2 weeks old, had a tongue tie but had it snipped on Friday. She screams at the breast, coughs, splutters, then goes red and screams inconsolably (I think with wind but no amount of burping brings much up). She's continued to do this post-snip. She's gaining weight VERY well and has plenty of wet and dirty nappies, none of which have been green (all yellow). I thought getting the tt snipped might help and I'm aware that it may take her some time to re-learn but also want to try other things as she's screamed for 3 hours non-stop this afternoon and has brought me to tears because I just want her to enjoy feeds :( I'm also using nipple shields - not really because of the tt but mainly because I have flat nipples and pre and post tt she struggles to find them. This adds to the distraught feeds because she's constantly knocking off the shield and we're both getting frustrated. I want to try and wean off the shields but for now I just want to get consistent feeds without the screaming and what seems like pain on her part. The person who snipped the tie worked with me to get rid of the shields for an hour but later that afternoon she just got fussy, wouldn't feed for more than 2 mins without shields and then got nipple confusion with the shields back on. After a stressful few hours I eventually got her to take a long feed with the shields and my husband and I agreed...
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 11:29 PM
    Now when I try to pump the breast baby won't eat off all the milk has blood in it Enough to where the milk is dark pink. How am I supposed to keep the supply in this breast now? Hand expressing is so painful for me. I'm getting do discouraged. It seems like I'm getting calluses and the part if the nipple thats callused isnt expressing milk. I feel like I can't win
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  • @llli*jases.mom's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 09:45 AM
    Baby isn't even here yet (due July 6th)and already this ftm is having anxiety about a business trip i have to take in the fall (baby will be about 3 months) for a weekend 7 hrs away. I have several questions honestly. But wanted some thoughts/tips/suggestions about how much to pump now, how much to leave with grandparents, nipple preference, separation, pumping while gone, etc.
    3 replies | 144 view(s)
  • @llli*rolloverrover's Avatar
    June 27th, 2015, 08:55 PM
    Hello, We have a 2 day old who is on the breast very frequently. He wakes, roots, sucks his hands... shows all the hunger signs. He takes the breast well (I think) - wide open mouth, the inside of his upper lip against the breast, sucks well... He stays on and sucks for 10-20 minutes before falling asleep with a firm grasp on the nipple. When I try to remove the nipple, he wakes and continues to suck. I've also noticed that he has very few wet diapers but many soiled diapers. I don't know if I shouId be concerned about that. I wasn't able to breastfeed our first and pumped for almost a year. I want to establish great, healthy breastfeeding habits with our son and would appreciate any pointers. Thank you!
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  • @llli*lexwex's Avatar
    July 2nd, 2015, 06:02 PM
    Hi there, looking for help and advice! I am a FTM with a 9 day old. For the last few days I thought I was getting the hang of this, but today baby wants to feed constantly and has had very little sleep very cranky seems to be only happy when on the breast. I was afraid that I wasn't producing enough milk but she has had 3 dirty and 7 wet diapers. I have an app to time feedings 17 so far with 5 hours and 20 minutes and she is still going....is this normal?? Going a little insane here needing sleep!
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  • @llli*shannonlaning's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 10:39 AM
    Hi I am new to LLL but I am getting a little desperate for help. My sweet daughter is 10 weeks old today and was diagnosed with reflux at 5 weeks. She has been on prevacid which has definitely helped her not cry when she spits up. But she cries often when nursing. The only time she does not cry is at her 10 PM dreamfeed and then the one time she wakes up in the middle of the night. She will nurse for around 10 minutes and then pull off and start crying. I will soothe her, burp her and she spends a ton of time smiling and giggling at me. But when I try to start nursing her again, she starts screaming. She will even be lying down and totally fine and then when I put my breast to her mouth, she starts crying instantly. She sounds sometimes like she is choking (reflux) and that causes her to cry but I can't get her to go back to nurse unless I walk around the house with her. She used to fall asleep when nursing so peacefully. Those days are long gone. It's so strange to me because this started around 5 weeks but was never too terrible. And she nursed anywhere from 25-30 every three hours. About a week ago she began this vicious cycle of crying a ton. She is definitely more alert and loves to smile and giggle at me when nursing but she won't nurse long at all. It's so hard with a breastfed baby to know if she is getting enough food. She is generally happy (minus all the typical reflux issues) but I just am super discouraged. I have even tried feeding her every 3 1/2 hours...
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  • @llli*elisabet's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 07:30 AM
    Hi there not sure if this can go here but.. I weaned my DD 5months ago when she had been breastfeeding for more than 2years. It was no big deal for me or for her and I had no problems regarding my breasts. Now all this time later I have this pain in both of my breasts and tingling sensation. I am not pregnant like I thought but I feel awful all the time. Im nauseous and have a loss of appetite. I feel so tired and just off. Can this be related to a change in hormones after I stopped breastfeeding? Im so tired off this :cry Regards EH
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  • @llli*kaywong's Avatar
    June 28th, 2015, 08:42 AM
    I have an 8-month old (35 weeks). She has just started refusing breast/bottle a couple of weeks back. She has been teething, so both her doctor and I thought that was the problem, that maybe it hurt to suck. I have been giving her Motrin on bad days when she has not had good feedings. But now I'm not sure teething is the issue. I should mention that she had reflux issues when she was younger that also caused feeding issues and nursing strikes. We stopped her medicine at 6 months, and she has been doing OK since so I don't think it's a reflux flare up, but it could be. When she does nurse, she would only nurse on one breast. When I switch her to the other breast, she would pull away and fuss. I try going to a different room, using a different position but it only works a handful of times. If that fails, I would try again in 30 minutes and if that doesn't work, I would try giving her a bottle. That hasn't worked lately though. I nurse her every 3-3.5 hours, that has been her regular feeding schedule for a while but I might stretch it to 4 hours to see if she'll be hungry enough to nurse both sides. Not sure how well that would work since she just nursed on one side when she woke up this morning after sleeping through the night so she was plenty hungry but still refused the other breast. She has been on solid foods since 6 months old. I just started her on her third meal two days ago because I was worried that she wasn't getting enough calories with her feeding...
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  • @llli*sunsetbean's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:04 PM
    I came down with mastitis due to fissures (I can't see them but can feel them). I've decided to EP until the fissures are healed. Baby has had frenotomy and is in myofacial therapy, but we have a ways to go before latch and clicking are resolved. My plan for healing the fissures includes: 1. EPing 2. After pumping, doing a saline soak, then putting bmilk on the nipples, then Lansinoh. I am currently on an oral antibiotic. Is there anything else I should be doing, or doing differently? I have mupirocin but wasn't sure if I should be using that while on oral antibiotic.
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  • @llli*mhbb2's Avatar
    June 29th, 2015, 06:20 PM
    OK I have an appt with an lc tommorow. Ive been only feeding on the left side and yesterday I noticed that my nipples have these raised white parts on them that to me look and feel like calluses. On the right nipple the one baby has been refusing, it seems like no milk comes out of the white area. What's the deal?
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  • @llli*thereseagustind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:53 AM
    Hi mommies. Im new here. Sorry bear with me. My lo is only 2months old. Had my hair colored yesterday. Aparrently my stylist offered me brazilian blowout which to my excitement i said yes. Now i am having anxiety if it is safe while i am breastfeeding my lo? Or should i pump and dump and if yes, for how long? Thankyou
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  • @llli*mommytolexi's Avatar
    June 30th, 2015, 10:56 AM
    Hi All! I am a mom to a 10 1/2 month old baby girl. I have been breastfeeding her since birth and I am trying to determine the weaning process once she turns 12 mths. I am trying to make the process as gradual and as easy as possible for her and myself. She is currently in daycare while I work, and will move over to the 1 yr old room, around her birthday Aug 15th. They will pretty much be giving her the one sippy cup that I send with whole milk combined with breastmilk that I will send at first. I was thinking that it was a good idea to introduce her to whole milk gradually(1 oz) at a time, mixed with several oz of breastmilk. My issue is the weaning. I feed her once in the morning before daycare and once in the evening when she gets home from daycare. On weekends, it may be more challenging to drop her down to two sessions since she is used to nursing all day. she is also quite the finicky eater these days, which makes weaning her down difficult because she doesnt eat as much as I wld like her to. In this event, she will most likely require more milk. What are some of your experiences for getting the nursing sessions down to at least 2, without causing me engorgement issues or her issues with the seperation? I really need help because I am not sure what to do. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*abysmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    I have PCOS and have been on Beyaz before I got pregnant with DS. He is now 21 months old and nursing like a champ. He is nursing every 2 hours day and night and I see no signs of him weaning anytime soon. As I have not been on any medication for more than 2 years I have put on a lot of weight and the acne and facial hair is worse too. I know it sounds shallow but I'm really tired of looking like this and have been thinking about weaning DS so I could start taking the medication but do I have to? My gyn does not want me taking any pills while I'm nursing but sometimes doctors are over cautious so I want to know what will happen if I take Beyaz(which is the only pill that has worked for me) while I am still nursing him. The drop in supply might be a good thing as I have been trying to cut down on few feeds. Are there any other side effects? In case the drop in the milk supply really bothers DS, I thought I could just stop taking the pill, will that restore the supply?
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  • @llli*erikaf's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    Any recommendations for the best nursing pillow if you are petite? I'm only 5' tall and didn't love the boppy with my first. Many thanks!
    2 replies | 74 view(s)
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