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  • @llli*ramom's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:34 PM
    My daughter is 7 weeks old. She had latch issues in the beginning, which resulted in us pumping and bottle feeding, in addition to bf'ing. So I've been pumping every three hours around the clock, and I just can't do it anymore. We've tried to wean her from bottle+breast to all breast, but it hasn't worked and just resulted in a lot of stress and screaming. Between the pumping and bf'ing, I get at most 1 hour of sleep at a time (usually less), and I'm to the point where I think the lack of sleep has taken a major toll on my parenting and mental health. Everyone keeps saying bf'ing gets easier and you'll regret it if you quit, but right now the only thing I regret is that I haven't been able to be a mom and haven't been able to enjoy the first 7 weeks of my daughter's life. I've started to feel incredibly anxious/depressed and something needs to change.I'm also going back to work in 5 weeks, and this is obviously not going to work any more at that point. My question: is it possible to start sustainable combo feeding (some breast milk and some formula) by dropping some pump sessions, or will my milk just dry up completely if I do that? I'd like to continue to provide *some* breastmilk if possible. For example, what if I pumped 5-6 times a day instead of 8?
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  • @llli*ccb52914's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 04:41 PM
    This is my fourth week back at work, and my 16 week daughter is at home with a nanny. I'm away from her from 7am - 4pm and on a "normal" day, she's drinking three bottles of EBM - two 3oz and one 4oz. Recently, we're having some issues with her taking the bottle, but it only seems to be happening during her middle of the day feeding (she takes the bottle with no issue in the morning and afternoon). Our nanny waits for hunger cues, but then when she offers the bottle, my daughter refuses and often becomes quite upset. Our nanny has been able to persuade her to eat eventually (by taking a break, calming her down, etc.), but I want to get to the bottom of the issue before it becomes more of a pattern. We can't figure out what would cause this refusal behavior only during this feeding - it's the same bottle/nipple, same temperature, same milk, same feeding location. She also definitely seems hungry. Does anyone have any ideas as to why she would consistently be upset during this feeding, but take the other two feedings well? Thanks!!
    9 replies | 373 view(s)
  • @llli*jessicanewmom's Avatar
    September 21st, 2014, 01:26 PM
    When I lay down next to my 10 m.o. to nurse her to sleep she often spends 20 minutes or so happily flinging herself around the bed. She babbles and rolls and twists and tries to engage me in smiling, etc. She stops by for a quick drink and goes back to her flinging. I usually try to pretend I'm asleep. Eventually she tires herself out and nurses to sleep. So, do I just need to wait longer to try to nurse her down? Or is this just another roll-with-it quirk of nursing a baby who's no longer an infant? Or is this a nip-it-in-the-bud behavior like pinching? It's not a big problem (in fact it's kind of cute when I'm not in a rush), but it does add quite a bit of time to our already pretty elaborate bedtime ritual. On nights when I do wait until she's really tired before nursing her down she doesn't do this, but then we seem to have an hour of crankiness instead.
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    September 19th, 2014, 12:40 PM
    I've heard of 'following a letdown' when using a pump, using the speed and suction controls to increase milk extraction ... I have the Ameda Purely Yours machine-is this something that is possible to help the milk flow while pumping? Currently, one it starts dropping it stops after a few seconds.
    8 replies | 195 view(s)
  • @llli*brusselssprout14's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 02:51 AM
    Hi, this is my first post but I've gotten a lot out of reading the others! My 6.5 month old is in daycare from 8:30 - 5:30, and I was pumping 3x/day and giving 300 mL (~10 oz) for the first couple months she was there. Now she has started eating 2 solid food meals at daycare and is really getting the hang of it. The caretaker told me I could reduce the amount of milk I bring, and suggested I drop down to 100 mL (3 oz). That seems like not quite enough to me, even if she is eating solids well. She said it's fine, as long as I'm nursing in the mornings and evenings, but I wanted to get a second opinion from all you awesome breastfeeding mamas. I nurse in the morning at 7:30 or 8, and then again as soon as I get home around 5:45. Not sure it's relevant, but she is small for her age, and has been since birth (15percentile), but growing well on her growth line, so she likely takes in less milk in total than a bigger baby would. I'm usually able to get 150 mL (5oz) in one pumping session at work, and I would be glad to just give that amount to the daycare, but do you think it's not enough?
    7 replies | 200 view(s)
  • @llli*sarag's Avatar
    September 20th, 2014, 09:12 PM
    I recently went back to work about 2 weeks ago, 3 days a week. She is obviously bottle fed while I am gone. She has always been somewhat fussy once or twice a day while trying to feed her, but lately she will not BF at all! I have tried skin to skin, walking while trying to get her to latch, calming her and then trying again and even while she's sleeping. Every time I even move her into the position she starts to scream. She pushes away from me and does her head back and forth as if trying to latch but she just wont.If I hold her there she will fuss for a bit then calm down with my nipple in her mouth but she won't actually latch on. This has been going on for about a week and I feel so sad/frustrated/rejected. I have probably gotten her to eat maybe 10 times in this past week. When she is latched she often pulls away and won't go back on as well.I'm afraid she is getting to used to the bottles and how easy they are. I don't know what else to do, I really want to keep breastfeeding her but I feel like she is done :( i did have the pediatrician check her tongue for tonguetie but she said its fine.Please give any suggestions on what I can do.
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  • @llli*catgirl14's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 01:04 PM
    Just a little background...my DD was born 3 days past her due date...latched on right after birth and nursed for an hour & left the hospital latching on and nursing like a champ. Fast forward to about a week and half ago and started having lots of issues....With all my children I have had an oversupply problem and over active let down but they both handled it well and/or we lived through it....now with my newest DD I'm having lots of problems. She will scream the exact same times every day for anywhere between 2 & 3 hours combined ( not all at once but the exact same times every day ) I can get her to stop crying unless I bounce on a excersise ball and sometimes that doesn't even help....she also will spit up 1-2 hours AFTER nursing and it curled milk with clear fluid and she acts like it hurts and will cough and cry. She also have HORRIBLE gas! I have really noticed her starting to "click" while nursing like she breaking suction and sucking air maybe? She has more than enough wet diapers and gaining just fine. My hope/question would be someone who has experienced this and what you did to help it? Is the crying just from a growth spurt or true colic? Im thinking maybe we need to work on her latch ( she is not tongue tied at all ) and then as far as the other issues could they all just be from my OALD & OS? Im at my wits end and exhausted. Looking for some support and not to be lectured ( I have posted this question on different websites messages boards and gotten...
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  • @llli*mamaofthree3's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 03:23 PM
    My 11 month old baby girl is coming up on a year and I wonder how often I should be pumping at work. I work three 12 hour shifts and have recently gone down to pumping 4 times per day. I bring home about 12-14 ounces depending on the day. When I'm home with her she nurses on demand- sometimes every 3 hrs, other times btw 4-5 hrs. She still wakes up once during the night. When I told my pediatrician this she was surprised and told me I could decrease how often I nurse to 3 times total per day. My daughter also loves to eat solids, we give her three meals a day. Do I just continue to pump every 4 hrs while I'm at work or should I decrease as she turns a year? Thank you!
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  • @llli*jabeena's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 05:35 AM
    I am breastfeeding my son who is 1month5weeks old. I am experiencing a sudden decrease in supply. My breast are not full anymore. After delivery i had bleeding for 21days and in the next 12days my mensus returned. I started bleeding again after 10days,bleeding is very minimal though. The second time when my mensus started, from the same day iam experiencing drastically reduced milk supply. Earlier i was so full that i used small towels to sock the milk that would leak during feeds. Now i have to give my son formula as he is feeling hungry even after feeding. Is it normal to bleed like this? Y is milk reduced? What are the reasons for this?
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  • @llli*valentina0813's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 07:16 PM
    My 1 month lately has been spitting up. She is EBF, Their has been no change in my diet. Is it thats she's over eating?! :confused::confused:
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  • @llli*amanda.korby's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 01:49 PM
    Some background: baby is 3 days old. In the hospital, we practiced an incorrect latch long enough to develop a blood blister on one nipple, and tenderness on the other. A lactation consultant came in and helped me with a new position. She's directed me to use a modified football hold instead of a cradle. I'm also using a shield over the blistered nipple until it heals. I'm having trouble keeping the baby feeding. She usually sucks for 5 minutes on her own and then she falls asleep and won't rematch, even if I wake her, or I have to massage the milk down to her for the majority of the feeding. At max, she'll eat for 15-20 minutes with a lot of coaxing. Sometimes she eats for 5 minutes and us done. Then she wants to eat again in 20-60 minutes. It's exhausting, especially at night. Her pediatrician says it could be because I'm not making enough milk, but my milk is in and I'm pretty engorged. I do manually express some milk to it drops and she's not tiring herself before the milk drops. Is thus just because we are both new to this? Am I missing something? My boo sand nipples are killing me. I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
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  • @llli*emt9514's Avatar
    September 21st, 2014, 05:52 PM
    Hi, I am going back to work in a few weeks and want to start freezing my breast milk to make sure my little one will have enough throughout the day. However, I am not sure exactly how to begin pumping and at the same time continue to breast feed. Should I feed him first and then pump right after? Should I pump in between feedings? Any advice would be helpful as I am a first time mom!
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  • @llli*laurennn's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 08:33 PM
    I've heard that drinking a beer will increase milk... I feel uncomfortable doing that, but would a nonalcoholic beer do the same thing?
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  • @llli*ellie3007's Avatar
    September 20th, 2014, 10:19 PM
    My baby is only 10 days old and from the beginning because of her tongue tie was not able to breastfeed properly. She lost a little bit of weight in the first few days which i thought it was normal, and after the peds recommendation we went ahead with the clipping which i thought it would help but she still refuses to latch! We have been feeding her my pumped milk (i get about 100ml) per session 20 min session but im really exhausted And really just want to breastfeed. But im afraid shes so used to the bottle now, every time i try to feed her she screams and cries of frustration, im also using kellymom technique of trying once feeding a little trying twice feeding a little but still no remarkable advances... Is it too late to go back to the breast? I even tried nipple shields...i would love the help of a LLL consultant but im korea, seoul and the only consultant we had moved back to US. Please help :(
    5 replies | 180 view(s)
  • @llli*jewelsf's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 08:29 PM
    I could just kill my husband. He warmed a 5 ounce bottle of milk and didn't use it, so I got home from work to find it still sitting in the cup of warm water on the counter (and him fast asleep). Is this milk trash? We won't need any bottles until Tuesday, is there any chance that this could be refrigerated and kept for Tuesday? J
    4 replies | 156 view(s)
  • @llli*jaykrysten's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 03:21 PM
    My son is six weeks and all he wants is to be on my breast or chest. He'll nurse for about 30min and fall asleep when I try to put him down or move he'll start to cry so I put him back on and he sucks for about a minute falls asleep for like five and sucks for a minute, we'll do this multiple times and it usually starts around late afternoon/evening (3-5) and last all night, he's fine in the mornings and early afternoon though. I've tried offering him a pacifier and putting him in his swing but he rejects that now and that would usually sooth him. Is he sucking for comfort or is he just not getting full as the day goes on I've heard that some women have supply issues later in the day. Thanks for any advice
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  • @llli*babylop's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 10:44 PM
    My baby is 3 weeks old in the last few days after he's latched he'll pull away and his latch will become shallow. My nipple looks like a tube of lipstick and is very sore and cracked in the center. If I release his latch and try again he's usually sleepy and won't relatch. Any advice would be great! Thanks!
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  • @llli*hw's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:13 PM
    I weaned my 2.5 year old a few months ago (32 months old now). He would probably have liked to keep nursing, but I am pregnant again and nursing was starting to be excruciating for me, so it had to stop. "Weaning" itself was successful. He hasn't nursed since June. The problem is that he still keeps asking for it! When I was actively weaning I told him Mommy had ouchies on her nipples so he couldn't nurse and that seemed ok. When he kept asking, we started telling him that big boys don't nurse, he's all done with nurse now. He seems to accept this... but it doesn't stop the asking. When he's in a good mood, sometimes he will ask in a not-serious, sing-song way and it doesn't bother him if I just ignore it, which I usually do, or sometimes I remind him that no, he's all done nurse and he's a big boy. It's much more problematic when he's upset, he wails for more nurse and he doesn't want to hear me offer other ways for him to calm down. When I say he can have hugs and cuddles instead it makes him more upset. (Well, that's typical of his tantrums, offering alternatives to what he really wants always upsets him more.) He doesn't ever seem to actually want to latch on (thank god), but he does really want to tug down my shirt and get his head near my boobs, which I don't like at all. I don't want him pulling my shirt, and I don't want him touching my boobs anymore. I'm just not sure how to get him to stop this behavior, and the asking. They both drive me nuts. I put...
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  • @llli*victoria.lozano's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 11:28 PM
    My one and a half month old exclusively breastfed baby has been very gassy and they are extremely stinky. Is this normal?
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  • @llli*mommele's Avatar
    September 16th, 2014, 02:19 PM
    My girl is 2 month 4 weeks. She all the sudden doesn't feel like eating as much. She used to do every 3 during the day with a long stretch at night ( approx 5-7 hrs). Now it's more like 4ish during the day. I feel like close to 5 sometimes. When I try to feed her around 3 hours if she's fussy, she will nurse for a quick amount of time...maybe 3 min, then get fussy and jerky....give her a pacifier and she's happy. Yesterday I did this and she got pissed again...I decided to pump after the attempt because I could feel a plugged milk duct and I'm also scared of a decrease in milk. A attempted to give it to her an hour later and she took it VERY well. You might think she's preferring the bottle because of overuse....but the last time she had a bottle was a couple days ago (for a football game I pumped)..and before that, it had been a month. At night feedings are good though. Can she possibly be getting enough if I just go on demand?? I piss her off when I offer too early :/. Also: I'm not one of those people who has an oversupply...basically just enough to feed. The most I've ever pumped from both boobs for a feeding (NOT after feeding) was 4 oz total. Not sure if it's because I had breast augmentation through the nipple 12 years ago. My first daughter had to eventually be supplemented but this time around no supplementing yet, but did do one series of apply basil essential oil which worked great for me. I'm just concerned about my baby getting enough nutrients...
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  • @llli*nweaver82's Avatar
    September 17th, 2014, 10:15 AM
    Will this affect me breastfeeding my baby?
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  • @llli*maroonish's Avatar
    September 18th, 2014, 02:22 PM
    DD2 is 6 weeks, nursing just fine :) However, today I found out that I have a small oral infection - the dentist gave me the option of a round of amoxicillin to lessen the duration/severity. Two or three days sounds better than a week of swelling and pain, but I can't find much info on this particular antibiotic and nursing. I have calls in to my pediatrician and my LLL leader, but I thought I'd ask here as well. Other than concerns about developing thrush, is there any reason not to take it?
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  • @llli*hkwm0714's Avatar
    September 20th, 2014, 10:06 AM
    Anyone have experience with helping a newborn not clamp down when nursing? I am in so much pain! How do I help him not do this? He was born with a tongue tie and a lip tie; tongue tie was clipped at birth, and then three days ago again, along with the lip tie. He has never been a great nurser; it just wears him out, though he is getting stronger, just not always productive. Because of this, my supply has suffered from the beginning. We saw a LC, she helped us with suck training and advised me on herbs, rented a pump, but still have not seen much of an increase, have been supplementing since day 6. He is finally at a weight his dr is happy with, but we ware still having latch/tongue/clamping issues, and the LC doesn't know anything else to suggest. I really want to ebf, because I was unable to with my dd. Tia!
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  • @llli*beckyd0106's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    My 16 mo old struggles with constipation. This has been an issue since starting solids but has worsened lately. He eats sporadic meals. Often times he refuses solids. I am not super proactive about refusing boob and there are times that I offer food before boob but it is still refused. He also only eats sporadic meals even during the work day when I am not with him. I'm curious if other moms have had this experience. If so did you feel it was related to the sporadic foods or something else? He only eats healthy foods (beans oatmeal many fruits and veges etc). Every time I findsomething he really likes such as smoothies he decides he ddoesnt want it anymore. I cant force him to eat or drink. I was trying juice but even yesterday he refused it and was finicky about even drinking water. I tried giving him mineral oil last week twice even tho I dont like that idea and he still isnt pooping much. Doctor has basically said only other option if the juice and mineral oil dont work is chemical which I desperately would like to avoid. Should I force him to stop nursing very much? That feels wrong and some other moms have told me that when they force weaned they just ended up with a toddler that still didn't eat and didn't have the benefits of breastmilk.
    3 replies | 79 view(s)
  • @llli*kat6183's Avatar
    September 20th, 2014, 09:40 AM
    My 15 week old exclusively breast fed baby will not take a bottle. We've tried several different bottles (Latch, Playtex, Adiri, Comotomo, Medela, Nuk, Momma) and none have worked. We've tried different people to feed her and different holding positions, including in the boppy. Nothing is working so far for the past 6 weeks. I've been back to work for 2 weeks now, the first two days the baby waited 10+ hours for me to come home. Currently she is in daycare, and I'm going over there to feed her every few hours. I would like to have some flexibility by her taking a bottle. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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  • @llli*alyssajhess's Avatar
    September 20th, 2014, 04:30 PM
    For about a week now my 9 mon old daughter has been very uninterested in nursing and when she does eat she eats for a very short time. I have tried laying down to feed, rocking, dark room, etc. Nothing really seems to make her more interested. She seems to be too distracted or simply not hungry. I have expressed milk and given her a bottle (she has been taking bottles/nursing since 11 days old-no problem with nipple confusion) and she shows the same disinterest. I am starting to be concerned about her weight. At her 9 month checkup 10 days ago she weighed 16 lbs and was 27 in long. At her 6 mon appt she was 13 lbs and 25 in long. She has always been in the 20th percentile since birth. We visited a new pediatrician at the 9 mon apt and he did not give me the percentile she was in but said she was incredibly healthy. When I got home I looked up her percentile and she is in the 5th percentile for weight. So that concerned me since its such a big drop in percentile. She's very active, very happy and she eats solids fairly well. She has no other issues other than the drop in nursing. I did eliminate her night feeding at 10:30p because she was not nursing for that one. So now she nurses 4 times a day. Normally for 10-20 min. Now it's closer to 5 min total. What can I do for her to help her eat more/gain weight. Or is there nothing to be concerned about?
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  • @llli*stw's Avatar
    September 21st, 2014, 09:55 PM
    I am nursing my second son, age 22 months. His older brother nursed to nearly 28 and we weaned slowly and peacefully in my first trimester with his brother. I struggled with night nursing my first as a toddler - basically when milk did not put him to sleep within 15-20 min, I would become increasingly frustrated, especially in the middle of the night. With my second, his night waking is less frequent and of shorter duration, but I am struggling more and more with nursing this one, at night and at bedtime. I have discovered this time around that I am especially sensitive and irritable during ovulation and menstruation, and am taking evening primrose oil to help with physical symptoms of discomfort. But my real struggle is the intense negative emotions I am having. When we nurse in the day, surrounded by plenty of distractions, I am fine. However, I work full time, so we don't nurse often during the day - we are basically down to a bedtime nurse, once or twice in the night, and waking up in the morning, plus a naptime feed on weekends - all the feedings I hate the most, b/c I am trying to use milk to put him to sleep/need sleep myself. Sometimes in the night, I will get up and watch TV to distract myself, b/c I cannot bear to lie there in the dark with nothing to think about than how much I hate the nursing. I feel intense feelings of anger and feelings that I am trapped there nursing him, and I start to get extremely resentful and anxious. After a time when he starts to...
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