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  • @llli*minute's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 10:26 PM
    I could really use some advice to try to help out my wife who is having a very hard time with breastfeeding. I apologize as this is a very long post but I wanted to provide adequate background information. Background: Our son is currently 10 days old. My wife was induced on August 15th as a result of high blood pressure. I believe she was officially diagnosed as pre-eclamptic. She had a successful delivery that day. We had some initial problems with breast feeding and getting a successful latch but the nurse practitioner at the hospital really helped us out. We went home on the 17th feeling confident that everything was going well. By the 19th we realized he had not had any stool in his diaper for almost 24 hours and no urine for 12 hours. We called the pediatrician which we had not met yet and they told us to take him straight to the emergency room where we discovered his bilirubin level was approaching dangerous levels and my wife and sone were readmitted to the hospital. In the hospital, they connected my wife up to a breast pump and we discovered that her milk had not yet come in and she was barely producing anything (3 days old at this point). They told us we needed to begin supplementing with formula immediately to help bring his bilirubin levels down. They also had my wife begin pumping regularly. We returned home on the 20th and began seeking advice on how to increase her milk supply. Her supply has come in at this point but is still not enough...
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 04:17 PM
    My baby is almost 3 weeks old, and I've won the breastfeeding battle with him! But, I do have some First-mom questions... He is nursing on-demand right now... When should I let him sleep instead of waking him up from naps and at night? I've pumped a few times-each time after he has nursed (hospital suggested that). The pumping sessions have lasted 15 minutes (after he has nursed 30 minutes on each breast) and yielded less than an ounce each time. Is that 'normal' or am I not doing the pump correctly? I have 3 weeks left before having to go back to work... He also falls asleep at the beast a lot-any suggestions? I've done everything I can think of! Lastly, I should breastfeed the baby on each side, then pump afterwards (to save it up for when I go back to work), right? My husband says I should only be pumping, then we feed it to him-but then we wouldn't be saving any for the babysitter... Any help would be great! Thanks!
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  • @llli*mommatocomma's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 09:58 PM
    My daughter is about 5 1/2 months old and has been a relatively good sleeper-nothing earth shattering but we usually have managed a dream feed and then 1 wake up at some point in the night, and on some occasions she has slept right through after her dream feed. But For the last 3 nights she has basically woken every 2hrs screaming for food, which she takes and then goes back to sleep until the next screaming. She has been feeding a bit less in the day, but in total is feeding for a good hour and a half longer per 24hr period than she was a few weeks back. I am EBF her (no pumping, all from breast) and I really don't want to give her a bottle of pumped milk or formula but this pattern is starting to kill me, I am just so tired. She also is a really bad napper so I can't catch up with sleep in the day. Not started solids yet (sticking to advice to wait til 6 months) and we don't cosleep (not for me)- she is in a cot next to the bed. I guess it's probably a growth spurt? I have read every forum/bf advice page out there (plenty of time on my hands while she feeds) but wondered if I am missing something....? And kind of seeking moral support that it is worth keeping this up. Can anyone help?
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  • @llli*jsp's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 09:40 AM
    Hi, I have a complicated story and I wondered if anyone has had a similar experience? My son weaned a couple of months ago of his own volition. He is 4 years and 3 months old. To give some history - we had very severe sleep problems during his first 14 months (you don't want to know), and then after that he only woke me every 2 hours in the night until he was 3 years old. We also both had a lot of gastrointestinal problems which got a bit better with diet change. We had breastfeeding thrush which made his constant feeding very painful. My son is quite dogmatic and I had to work hard all the time to keep him from constant meltdowns. I had no family nearby to help, and my son was so hard to pacify that my husband's really good attempts to help just left me working extra hard to deal with even worse meltdowns. We ended up being very isolated because after two lots of surgery my son was nervous of other people, and we were so sleep deprived that we seemed to catch viruses every time we went anywhere. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I had to work very very hard when he was small, and I had a strong feeling that I was able to do that because the hormones of breastfeeding made me feel sort of superhuman. For the last two years I have been finding that he range of foods that I can tolerate is getting gradually narrower and narrower, and I still got a lot of viruses, but I was basically coping.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2014, 04:09 AM
    hello everyone my son is 3 months and 1 week old. i am exclusively breastfeeding him. my problem i run bit of an over supply every morning when i wake up both my breasts are full. my right breast is the one which is very problematic and it gets clogged very soon:banghead. my son sleeps for one 4 to 5.30 hours strech from 12 or 11:30 pm. so when he wakes up i feed him from the right breast(problematic one) to avoid clog every morning. will this create a problem n supply because of using same breast every morning or is it ok? before he goes to sleep i try to give both breasts, somedays i am lucky he ll take both most of the days he doesn't.i don't want to pump i will never pump, its increasing my supply. i try to feed him frequently to avoid fullness. i feel like my breasts are getting used to the time rather than the frequency it is being used. 5:00am :right breast 7:00 am :left breast(i encourage him to nurse) it goes on every 2 to 3 hours i encourage him to nurse, because he goes for 3 to 4 hours between feeds. by 11.30 pm i try to use both breast(but i am not that lucky)literally my right breast is getting used more which is the problematic one.. pl help
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  • @llli*aiden's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 01:51 PM
    Long story short---had a baby girl born fullterm. Had issues with weight gain. Had to supplement formula with a bottle. I suspect that she would latch correctly but her suck wasn't very strong and she possibly wasn't getting hind milk (she had green stools). She was nursing long periods and was very very fussy, until I started feeding her formula. Baby really prefers the bottle to the point where she might only latch on 10 minutes total for a 24 hour period. She is 4 months old now. We discovered her weight problem at 2 months old. I work full time and pump at work. I also pump right before bed on work days. I just feel so consumed with my reality. And feel guilty because other people I am sure have gone through much much more. I nursed my first two children with no major issues until they were 1.5 yrs and 2.5 yrs.
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  • @llli*rosesmum's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 04:42 PM
    When I nurse on my right side I get this sharp pain in the inside of my breast (area between my nipple and sternum). When she is not nursing the area is still sore, but more of an ache. It is functioning well and matches the output on my left breast, which doesn't hurt (3-4oz per breast per 15 min pump session) Do you know what this is and how to fix it? (I am a FTM and baby is 1 month- this has been going on since I started breastfeeding.)
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 02:56 AM
    http://www.iamnotthebabysitter.com/six-year-olds-thoughts-breastfeeding/ This is a really sweet and encouraging article. It's from the mom, Jamie, and her son, Aram, who were infamously featured on the cover of Time. He's long since weaned but wanted to help other mommies nurse their babies.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 12:53 PM
    :banghead sorry for posting something again and again. i am having large wedge shaped plugged duct or lump which is not going away.. it starts from chest wall. i take lecithin 3 times a day. i have tried everything to get rid of it. massaged, hot shower, dangled feeding etc. today my LO nursed that side for 45 mins drained all the milk but the lump is still there. i felt the lump when milk started to accumulate again. i already overproduce and i don't want to pump at all. from morning i have used the other breast just twice. i am feeling so lost. feel like weaning early but i know i should not. when i see my baby sleeps after he nurses i feel so happy. but this is making me so much depressed and i am crying everyday and every feeding session. i cannot handle it anymore. i am so done with it.. sorry for ranting over.
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  • @llli*jtmmh's Avatar
    August 27th, 2014, 10:23 AM
    So I know everyone wants to lose their baby weight- but what happens when it happens super quick??? I am currently breastfeeding an 8 month old and pumping once for donor milk. I weighed myself last night and realized I had lost FIVE POUNDS IN ONE MONTH! Now below prepregnancy weight. It's got me really worried. Can breastfeeding cause your weight to plummet like that? Other factors involved- I just started a new job, due to involvement in getting a classroom ready, so I've skipped meals. I also picked up a pump session at night to donate milk to a local family. I am not exhausted- have a great energy level and eat a reasonable fruit and veggie full diet. I know I'm just being crazy and paranoid- but could all that and breastfeeding cause me to lose five lbs in a month?? I'm afraid it could be something scary causing my weight to plummet!!!! Any advice to keep weight on?
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  • @llli*mahansud's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 05:20 PM
    Hello All, My 5 week old baby girl had a posterior tongue tie and lip tie removed when she was 5 days old. However, even after giving her the recommended tongue exercises and other exercises to prevent growing of scar tissue, she still seems to have a shallow latch as my nipple ends up having a new lipstick shape. Also, I find myself nursing her with just 1/2 hr between feeds. Even with wonderful support, I have an older one to take care of as well who is frustrated that she is unable to get an 1:1 time with me. We checked with the ENT and a pediatric dentist who specializes in the procedure and have confirmed that there is no re-growth of the scar tissue. Ever since 3 weeks she doesnt let us insert our finger in her mouth to give her the exercises and we can do it only by giving her a steady trickle of BM using a dropper. I find that she gets tired after a minute of exercise and thats the same thing she does at the breast even after doing breast compression, tickling her feet etc. So far she has been having a steady weight gain and her pediatrician is happy about it. However, I am not sure what else can i do to help her gain a deeper latch? I havent started giving her bottle yet. I have contacted LC and she suggested giving her bottle between 6 and 8 weeks. With her shallow latch still persisting, what do you recommend? So sorry for such a loong post.
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  • @llli*kbrielle18's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 07:26 PM
    My 2 week old son will not nurse. He is my fourth baby in five years, and I successfully nursed the first three. From day one this little guy sucked so hard my nipples bled and cracked. It became so painful I had to stop nursing after the first week. He was actually spitting up blood from my nipples, and it was so painful. I tried the nipple shield but that was also incredibly painful and he wasn't emptying the breast. I finally resorted to pumping and bottle feeding. Since I have 3 other small children at home I am not able to pump very often. Out of desperation I went out and got a can of formula- and for the past few days I have only been pumping once in the morning, noon and night and giving formula the rest. Every day I try to nurse him but he absolutely will not latch now after having a bottle. I have seen 2 lactation consultants and my pediatrician and they said there is nothing wrong with his latch. He is just lazy and knows a bottle is easier. Needless to say my milk supply is obviosuly drying up. I am at my wits end. Looking for any advice how to get this baby to empty the breast and build my milk supply back up. Thank you!!
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  • @llli*gold86en's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 03:02 PM
    Hi ladies. Do those of you who nurse toddlers take prenatal vitamins PLUS give your little one a multivitamin on top of that? My DD's pediatrician asks me every time we are in if she gets a multivitamin, and he is aware that we still nurse. DD will be 2 yr 6 mo in a few days. I finally just started giving her a Flinstones Toddler multi vitamin a couple weeks ago. The dose is 2 gummies per day. When we started, for a couple days after she was really out of sorts- sleeping was off, eating habits went screwy, and her general attitude was weird too. The only thing I could think of was that we had started giving her those vitamins... Could it have something to do with both of us taking a multivitamin, or do you think maybe this was just a coincidence? Is it possible she was getting too much of a certain vitamin, like an over dose kind of? Since I noticed that, I have been rotating what days we get vitamins- on days that I give her one, I don't take one and vice versa. Any logic to this, or is it just my paranoia? :confused:
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  • @llli*alicoll's Avatar
    August 27th, 2014, 12:21 PM
    I just returned to work this week. I was EBF and now I'm pumping at work. I have known from the start that I'm not an effective pumper, so I knew I was going to have to supplement whatever milk I was able to pump at work with formula while LO is at daycare. However, now I'm afraid that my milk supply is decreasing because I'm not expressing as much milk as LO does when she nurses. I'm pumping at work 3 times (in about 7 hours) and I only get about 6 ounces. This morning I had my first pumping session and I was only able to pump a little over 2 oz (usually my first pump is my largest). I really don't want to give up BF. Am I worrying over nothing? Or is this something that typically happens to moms who aren't good pumpers? Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm using the Medela Pump in Style.
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    August 23rd, 2014, 09:04 AM
    Hi ladies. I am not sure what to do here. I have had render areas in my breasts before (mostly in the under side) but they go away. Yesterday I started to get a really bad area....its red and extremely tender and hard. I have tried massaging and nursing on that side as much as possible but my little ine only takes one side per feeding. i dont know if this is just a plugged duct or mastitis. I woke this morning feeling fluish ( achey, hypersensitive) took ibuprofen and it has helped a bit. My DD has been sick or teething....jot sure which. so I am jot sure if I caught something and its not really mastitis. So, some concerns are......a) if she only takes one side at a time, how do I increase nursing to try and suck out the plug without neglecting the other side or making over supply worse by pumping? And she has not been feeling well...so I dont know how effective her nursing really is. B) we co-sleep and i side lay so she can have access all night and she stays latched most of the night. I set an alarm to switch sides. Does the side laying make this peoblem worse? should I do something different? Thanks ladies for any help and suggestions.
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  • @llli*kimb14's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 AM
    My LO is 6 weeks old, and we have struggled to develop a good breastfeeding relationship. We have been supplementing with formula because of weight gain/supply issues. My breasts started to feel more full and she seemed to get into a good rhythm of lots of good swallowing (at least on one breast). But I have found that it's not consistent, and there will be feeds when she takes one swallow and then sucks a little and there are long pauses. I try to do breast compressions, but that doesn't seem to get her going. I worry that if she isn't draining the breast well, that will hurt my supply and I worry that she isn't getting enough milk. I'm not sure what to do.
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  • @llli*aschindler's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 01:03 PM
    Hi! I've been happily breastfeeding my 2nd born child for 7 months now with no issues. About a month ago she started refusing the right breast while nursing. I usually use the cross cradle hold because that's most comfortable for me. After a few failed attempts getting her to nurse from the right side in cross cradle, I put her on the right breast in football hold and suddenly no problem! Ever since then, she will nurse from the left side in the cross cradle hold, but will only nurse from the right side if I put her in football hold. This is easy enough at home, but when I'm out and about I find it harder to hold her this way because I don't always have pillows or chairs with arm rests handy. Any idea what might have caused this sudden change in preference? Tips? I nursed my son for a year, and never ran into this "problem" (it's a minor issue I know :-)).
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  • @llli*sarahsarahbobarah's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 10:32 AM
    Hello! I'm hoping someone has experienced this before. My left breast is extremely sore today, and it has been since last night. My breast is soft, I'm not engorged, I am not feeling any lumps or plugged ducts, and I don't feel feverish like I have an infection or anything. The breast looks normal from the outside. I tried putting heat on it this morning and the last couple of times I've nursed on that side, I massaged it, but it is still sore afterward. Has anyone else had this issue? I tried googling it, but anytime I find a hit for "sore breast" I'm seeing stuff on newly nursing mothers and plugged ducts... Thanks so much in advance, mamas!
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  • @llli*amberleebee's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 08:17 PM
    Hello! My little one is 8 weeks old today and we have been EBF from the start. I knew I had some issues with forceful letdown and an overabundant supply in the beginning. I tried block feeding (three hours with one breast, three with the other) for a while, but the lactation consultant at my OB's office said it wasn't necessary. Although my supply issues seem to have abated, my letdown is still quite forceful. At first, it was just the occasional coughing and sputtering, but for the past month it's been accompanied by spitting up and fussiness at the breast. I told our pedi about the spitting up and she said it was reflux and gave us a script for Zantac. We've been doing Zantac twice a day for nearly a month and I see ZERO improvement in LO's symptoms. After doing some research, I'm now wondering if she even has reflux at all. Could it just be the product of my OALD? LO never nurses more than 15-20 minutes during the day. Her spitting episodes always occur during daytime feedings, never at night when we nurse side-lying. I can tell that she nurses more comfortably side-lying - she's usually on the breast for 30 minutes and I can tell that my breast is actually drained. It's the only time I get that deep pulling sensation. I really want to stop giving LO the Zantac, but I'm not sure how to proceed and help her. She's so gassy and burpy -- I just don't want her to be miserable anymore. Does anyone have experienced with OALD masked as reflux? How can I talk to the...
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  • @llli*sweeetp0812's Avatar
    August 27th, 2014, 04:46 AM
    hi all, i am bf my 2 week old baby, and i don't have enough milk supply to pump, however, i do have a very forceful let down. my little one chokes every time i try to feed him. i've tried different holds, but i just don't know what else i can do. any suggestions are appreciated.
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  • @llli*hippie1220's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 09:08 PM
    Hi ladies, Hoping to get some help here. I am 19 weeks pregnant and also have a 2 year old who still loves his "milk time". We nurse in the morning, before and after nap (and somewhat to sleep) and at bedtime (again, somewhat to help sleep). I have always had a low milk supply and I am quite certain there really is no milk at this stage but he still wants to chomp away - I say that because it is getting really painful. I know he really isn't ready but I'm facing a couple problems: 1) Like I said it's getting quite painful and I am also getting frustrated with his need for nursing to sleep - he used to fall asleep quite well on his own but due to an overseas trip for most of the summer and my not wanting him to cry he's sort of reverted back to needing a lot of cuddling/nursing time to fall asleep or fall mostly asleep. When we nurse before nap/bedtime he spends a lot of time squirming around, sometimes hitting a bit too much on my pregnant belly and digging in my belly button which I imagine will also be more painful quite soon. I do'nt mind the morning or bedtime (pre-story) nursing or even another session during the day - I'm mostly getting frustrated with being a punching bag of sorts at naptime. 2) Because of my low milk supply I had to take herbs with my son for the first few months (he gained a LOT of weight that way). I am nervous that with this next child I may have to do the same and I want to make sure the baby gets what he/she needs and not worry...
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  • @llli*chaichai.ls's Avatar
    August 24th, 2014, 01:14 AM
    Hello everyone, i had my second child 7 weeks ago, i decided to exclusively breastfeed but that webt out the window because he was born premature and was hooked up to lots of machines so i was forced to pump. But fast forward to today, i developed mastitis in my left breast and my baby has thrush, so my nipples are raw, my milk supply has come down, my let down is not letting down, and i have a very. Hungry baby. .. we both been given antibiotics but how can i improve my situation. . I barely get 3 ounces from both breast when pumping (but i have a Manuel pump).. i need advice from moms who have been where i am.. i started supplementing but feeling so guilty about it and only did it like 3xs and he refused most of it twice
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  • @llli*dids.mum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 AM
    Hi all Just interested to hear from some experienced mums about nursing my 16 month old. How much would a toddler this age usually nurse? I feed on demand at night but in the day try to limit nursing to first thing in the morning and then once or twice before bed. She wakes 1-3 times in the night and usually won't go back to sleep without a full feed (both sides). She would feed more in the day if she could and I have allowed her to recently as she has been upset because of teething (I think). Thanks for any tips/advice :)
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  • @llli*holly567's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 AM
    Hi, any advice for weaning a toddler? I am not sure how to as my son still wants to nurse often (4+ times per day). I am starting to feel very drained physically and emotionally and I am ready to stop nursing. I am also still getting up to nurse during the night often (2 times on average) to get him back to sleep. I can't function at work anymore. Thanks!
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  • @llli*issa1010's Avatar
    August 26th, 2014, 11:32 AM
    Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum, but not new to bf'ing. I nursed my older son for 14 months, which entailed pumping regularly at work. I used a Medela InStyle pump, got plenty of milk, and basically never had any problems pumping. Fast forward five years and now I have a new little son to care for. I was blessed to get to spend four whole months with him all to myself, but now I have to return to work. I've been going in 2-3 days a week for a few weeks to get us both used to it, and to remind myself of the old routine of pumping. Next week I begin working 4 full days a week. I am still getting a decent amount of milk, but in the last few days, my nipples have started getting VERY sore and sensitive. They also look like they're getting hickeys on them on the sides, or at least little tiny red dots (what I assume are broken blood vessels). I started turning the suction down and only pumping for strictly 10 minutes, whereas before I was doing maybe 15. It's still pretty tender. It hurts a little to nurse him, too, when I get home, although after a couple of times in the afternoon/evening, it's okay and things start to normalize--until I have to get the pump out the next day. :( I have heard about getting different sized breast shields, but I'm confused why a) I didn't apparently need them with my first child, and b) why this would only start now after pumping three weeks (plus I did so periodically when he was an infant to build up a stash). I'd gladly...
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  • @llli*esther2013's Avatar
    August 25th, 2014, 09:14 PM
    My little guy is 19months old and I've been having some issues lately with cracks in my nipple and extreme tenderness, it started about a month ago, I think its related to teething? Anyways tonight I was nursing him with minimal pain, he pulled off and had blood dripping from the corner of his mouth. My nipple was bleeding and had a huge clot, almost as big as the nipple. I'm wondering if should go to the Dr in the am or if its likely related to the crack? Maybe its thrush? Could that be why the crack is not healing? Any thoughts would be much appreciated! I do have a picture that I'm going to try and attach
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