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  • @llli*freddybee's Avatar
    April 21st, 2015, 03:33 PM
    I need some help. My 3 week old baby girl never seems to be satisfied no matter how long I nurse her. She was born weighing 8.6 and we had some problems at the hospital. She was put under the phototherapy light the day after she was born for bilirubin level of 7 which then peaked at 9. Baby hated every moment of it and screamed throughout. Of course, nursing after that didn't work. So then the next morning, I'm told she has a fever of 101.4 and was taken into the NICU, where she was immediately put on IV fluids and antibiotics. She was discharged 2 days later. At 2 weeks she weighed 7.10 and then 2 days later still 7.10 I've been feeling like no matter how long I nurse- she always cries when I take her off. She might be content for 30 minutes tops. Even if I've nursed her for 2 hours. She has plenty of nice poops, so why the weight loss?
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    April 23rd, 2015, 05:27 AM
    Hi again. Thomas is now 9 weeks 5 days and I've just been told to 'top him up with 1oz of formula after every feed.' He is weighing 9lbs 3oz and feeds every 3 to 4 hrs for about 12 minutes a time. I only feed him on one side at a time. Could that be the problem? He already has 4oz ff at bedtime and sleeps through from 7.30pm till 5am-ish. Please, thhoughts and advice are very welcome. Thanks xx
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    April 22nd, 2015, 06:13 PM
    Wondering if anyone has any advice for us. My 4 month old is exclusively breastfed, but has rarely nursed herself to sleep. In fact when she's exhausted, she nurses fretfully and tugs and pulls and cries until we lay her down, and then she sucks on her pacifier and drifts off to sleep by herself, usually fairly quickly. So in a way I think we're lucky that she puts herself to sleep, but the problem is that it is completely dependent on the pacifier for this. Up until about 2-3 weeks ago, she would fall asleep, pacifier would fall out, and she would sleep for a 4-5 hour stretch. Then up every 2-3 hours and co-bedding with me. So up 3-4 times/night, which I didn't mind. Recently I think she's hit her '4 month fussies' and is still easy to put to sleep with pacifier, but wakes up 30 minutes later, 20 minutes later, etc. and we go back into the room to put paci back in, comfort, leave, repeat. If I try to nurse, she nurses for maybe a minute and then just unlatches and cries. She is awake every 1-2 hours at night, only going back to sleep with her pacifier in her mouth. She's addicted! I would like to stop giving her the pacifier for sleep for several reasons--her weight is in the 20-30th %ile and I worry that pacifier overuse might affect my supply and her ability to sense hunger. Also it is very annoying to constantly re-insert the damn thing 10 times a night, and 3-4 times at every nap. Also in the daytime the pacifier is such a pain. We are constantly dropping...
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  • @llli*azrael499's Avatar
    April 21st, 2015, 11:16 PM
    This is my second time around nursing and with my first daughter I struggled to get my supply up at the beginning and then we were fine. Now, with my second daughter it seemed like the same thing was happening. With a battle with thrush and me in and out of the hospital (Monday I had my gallbladder out) and her only being 3 weeks old...it has been hard. I have been pumping and pumping well when I do have time. Through all of this my daughters weight has been a concern since she has been below birth weight. She loves to sleep all day (hard to wake up to nurse) and when she was nursing she would only nurse a bit and then stop. Usually about .70 ounces after nursing on both breasts. Well, recently it seems like my supply is increasing and she is starting to drink more. I am happy about this and would love to get to a point where there are no more supplemental bottles of milk. In any case, now when she is nursing she starts to choke more than once during the session. Almost as if the milk is too fast for her. I worry about her choking. She does this also with my slow-flow Medela bottles too sometimes.Not sure if she is just tired but we try to wake her up obviously before feeding her.
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  • @llli*julie103's Avatar
    April 22nd, 2015, 03:28 PM
    Hello! My baby is almost a year and I want to keep nursing but I hate pumping. It takes up all my free time at work and when I am gone from him I hate carrying the stupid thing around! So my question is, when I am at work or out for a few hours, can I skip pumping and still BF when I am home with the baby? What is the longest I can be away from him and not pump? I have a lot of milk stored and he has had and loved cow's milk, so I am not worried about my freezer supply as much as just not weaning him completely. Also, I have 2, three day trips over the summer where I will be away from him, I'm assuming I will have to pump some over that time but how often? Can I get way with just once or twice every 24 hours? Will I have any milk left when I come back? Thanks so much for your advice, I love breastfeeding and I want to make sure I can continue for a while :)
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  • @llli*blackthumb's Avatar
    April 21st, 2015, 09:28 PM
    My LO is now 6wks old, and I have noticed a dull ache in the side of one breast. the ache is more annoying than anything and goes away when she's feeding on that side, but returns when she's done. I don't know what it is, any ideas would be appreciated
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  • @llli*2coatskids's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 08:03 AM
    Hello! I have an almost 8 month old daughter who has no interest in taking a bottle of EBM. We have tried every bottle known to man and nothing helps, she just chews on every nipple. She did take EBM in a bottle until she was 6 weeks old (here and there just when I would run errands). After that, no more. She had tongue and lip tie corrected at 8 weeks. She nurses beautifully and seems to transfer solids and a puréed foods well in her mouth. She has a strong suck but has no interest in a bottle. I have tried a cup but most of it just dribbles out of her mouth. It's almost as if she knows where the good stuff comes from and won't take it any other way
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  • @llli*renajeanb2b's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 10:52 AM
    My sweet little Emma was born 4/10 weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces, she was 7 pounds 9 ounces when she was discharged from the hospital. Emma nurses every 2-3 hours 15-20 min at each breast ( sometimes more), she sleeps about four hours at night. Occasionally she has cluster feedings at night which is the only time she seams not satisfied so I give 1 ounce BM in a syringe at the breast extra. Emma has anywhere between 6-10 wet diapers a day and 1-4 BM a day, she has only had two days since birth with no BM. When she had her 1 week check up she weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and at her 2 week check up this Friday she had lost weight and now weighs 8 pounds. The doctor wants me to begin formula supplementation so she gains weight. I never had any issues BF my son who is now 4, and I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I am making sure to eat 3 meals a day and snacks and drinking plenty of fluids. When I pump after a feeding I get any where between 1/4 ounce to 1 ounce BM expressed. She does not seam hungry. Does anyone have any ideas? :confused:
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  • @llli*stinaswimmer's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 10:13 PM
    My daughter just turned 3 weeks today, and BF has been a huge, monumental struggle. She was born 39w3d after we went to the hospital for fetal monitoring since the little wiggle worm didn't seem to be moving around much all of a sudden. She was fine, but after a cervix check, I was in pre-labour and the MW couldn't feel the head. Baby was determined breech via ultrasound, and my dreams of a natural water birth suddenly became c-section. They attempted version initially, but this baby did not budge, and no wonder--she was 8lb11oz! We all landed on the other side of the surgery just fine, and she seemed to understand latching pretty early on. Admittedly, I was not breastfeeding as much as maybe I should have, but she didn't really demand it much either. When she did, she stuck on for a while and did very well, although a few times she fell asleep at the breast as well. However, by the third day in the hospital, she had lost 10% of her weight (was at 7lb13oz) and was dehydrated. One of our nurses was an IBCLC and tried very hard to help us, and determined that maybe we needed to supplement a little because of the dramatic weight loss. I was fine with this, as long as baby was getting fed. However, all of a sudden, breastfeeding became an issue. Baby would not latch, and actively fought my breast, complete with velociraptor-like screeches and pushing me away. The LC/LPN said she has never had to fight with a baby as much as she did with our daughter. :( We tried syringes,...
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  • @llli*camdenmom's Avatar
    April 22nd, 2015, 12:33 PM
    Ok so my other question is. DS every since we brought him home has woken up around 3 every night. And I really shouldn't say woke up bc he is still sleeping. But it seems to me he is uncomfortable and gassy. He usually goes down between 8-9 and will sleep until 11-12 in his bassinet. Once he wakes up I co-sleep the rest of the night. He eats, I change him and he goes back to sleep. He will then wake up around 1-2 and nurse again. But when he wakes up to nurse at 3, while he is nursing it is as tho he is really squeaky when he eats. And then grunts, squirms, and continues to squeak until 6 when he wakes up for the morning. Now he eats several times in between there as well. I have tried burping him, swaddling him makes it worse. After swaddling he does it worse until you let his arms out. Although he loves being swaddled the first part of the night. So is he just gassy? Trying to wake up? He does settle down if I hold him right next to me in my arms with his head elevated a little. But that still doesn't resolve the problem. It doesn't bother me as much as DH. He is a really light sleeper and sleeping in a different room is not an option, no extra beds. I have tried gas drops and they don't do anything. Any advice is appreciated!
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 09:44 PM
    Hi all - we had our first real scare tonight with BLW. :( My son was eating blackberries, and he got one down his wind-pipe (he's normally really good about chewing everything - which is adorable when it's something like soup & him with no teeth !). At any rate, I saw he was choking and tried to sweep his mouth, and could just feel the tip of the blackberry with my finger as it passed. So I grabbed him out of the high chair & did the Heimlich, at which point he coughed up & swallowed the blackberry. Thankfully, of course, everything is fine -- he ate some of Dad's fish shortly thereafter, is breathing fine, happy, etc. So... is choking part of the process (I know gagging and let him work the food around his mouth when that happens, but this was truly choking), or am I neglecting something about introducing solids? The stats: he just turned 7 months. He's been eating solids for ~1.5 months (meaning he wants to participate when there's food; very little of it is consumed). No allergies or aversions. He's 18 lb (was 7.75 lb at birth), plenty of diapers & nothing funky (aside from having a cold at the moment). He nurses plenty during the night & when I'm home, and dad gives him expressed breast milk when I'm at work. Thanks in advance for any insights! I know this process is not going to be without some worry, but I don't know if maybe I was letting him be too adventurous with food.
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  • @llli*findmeintahiti's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:39 PM
    My boy is 2 weeks old and 7.7 lbs. A lot of the time will not open his mouth wide enough for me to get proper latch esp at night. He gets frustrated and wiggles so it's hard to hold position and I get sweaty and exhausted- it's a mess! I find myself going with a bad latch just out of desperation. I have large breasts and have to use sandwich. I try touching his lip/nose with my nipple and tilting his head back...I end up having to wait for a scream to try to get a good latch. I start to feel hopeless and helpless wanting to pump but ideally I'd like to figure this out.
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  • @llli*minibaby's Avatar
    April 22nd, 2015, 08:18 AM
    Looking for advice, sorry for the novel :) Baby is 7 weeks, EBF from birth, and had been gaining really well until her weight check 2 days ago. We have a visiting nurse do a weekly weight check bc Baby was small for gestational age and had some blood sugar issues after birth. I had a plugged duct in my right breast for 2-3 days last week before heat/massage/nursing resolved it. My right breast has always produced less when pumping (only occasionally pumping when I know I'll be leaving Baby with someone else). It is now much softer than my left breast so I'm concerned about low supply on the right side, especially bc her last weight check only showed a 4oz gain after the week with the plugged duct. She had previously been gaining 7-10 oz weekly. I know it's entirely possible that the smaller gain is normal, the nurse wanted to see what next week's gain is before being concerned. My question for you all is whether I should add in a pumping session a day to boost supply or if it will encourage another plugged duct? I pay strict attention to Baby's latch, but she is a lazy nurser at night and doesn't always get a full feed before falling asleep again. She also recently dropped a night feed entirely. Good for sleep but I think it contributed to the plugged duct :( Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have!
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  • @llli*cupcakemama's Avatar
    April 24th, 2015, 11:03 AM
    So recently I've been lurking the threads about baby sleep issues and I can definitely relate to some of the problems. Background info: My daughter is 6 months old, has enough wet/dirty diapers. And is gaining/growing at a steady rate. Alright, so my particular situation is a bit different, but there are some similarities to other posters. Baby takes approx 4-5 45 minute naps a day, sometimes I am able to extend the nap for a bit longer. For naps I swaddle her and nurse her to sleep while walking back and forth in our darkened bedroom/hallway. Husband is able to "walk" her to sleep too. Then she is laid down where she finishes the nap most of the time (20-30 more minutes). She naps and sleeps at night with arms swaddled in bed with me. This is NOT preferred for either one of us, but has been a necessity otherwise she constantly rubs eyes, scratches head and forehead, or grabs at everything (sheets, mommy, etc.) and doesn't stay asleep. She's getting stronger and is consistently breaking out of the swaddle or tries to while being walked. In fact it's getting hard to wrap her in the first place. Side lying nursing has become difficult because she tries to roll over onto her tummy or rolls in the opposite direction. She doesn't calm down and fall asleep in this way anymore unless she's already asleep from being walked around (swaddled) or in the night when she uses the breast as a pacifier to go back to sleep. This has how it's been since 3 months- before then she...
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  • @llli*mama7008's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 08:21 AM
    Baby, 6.5 months old, had her first solids (a soft sweet potato "fry" - more like baked stick) and the first time it touched her tongue, she threw up. It didn't seem to bother her, and she kept trying to eat more (managed to eat a teeny bite, which is all I wanted her to get anyway), so I just figured her gag reflex was really sensitive to the new food - she's always had a very sensitive gag reflex. But then 30 mins later, she threw up again. I'm assuming her tummy is not ready for solids, so I'm planning to hold off for a while and try again, but I don't know how long I should wait between attempts? Should I just try each month? I know "food before one is just for fun," so I'm not worried about her getting nutrients - she's EBF and very healthy/gaining well - but she is VERY eager to do what we do at the table, now fussing and crying when she sees food go in my mouth she can't have. She's sometimes happy just playing with a spoon or cup, so I always offer those to her while we eat.
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  • @llli*lepetitmatin's Avatar
    April 23rd, 2015, 07:43 AM
    My 14 week old has recently started gagging on my right breast when I offer it second. She doesn't even get to suck on it; it touches her lips/tip of her tongue and she immediately gags and looks disgusted! What is this? I definitely don't have oald (and again, she gags before she starts sucking; she gets no milk out). Sometimes I switch after just a few minutes on the right... but is it that she's just had enough? Should I keep starting on the left side?
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  • @llli*teacherandmom's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 09:00 PM
    I teach at an elementary school and I go back to work on Tuesday. I am trying to figure out how to fit in enough pumping sessions. I have been reading that some people pump in the car on their way to work. Has anyone tried this? Is it safe? Any suggestions? I am renting the Medela Symphony, which has 30 minutes of battery life (plenty of time) and I already purchased the Simple Wishes pumping bra, as I will be pumping during my planning time and will need to be able to work while I pump.
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  • @llli*toastedpea's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 10:15 AM
    Dear ladies, I have a 9-month old baby who became a fussy and distracted feeder at around 5 months, so I think my supply dropped at that point and I got back my period at 6 months pp. I returned to work at 7 months pp and have been pumping at work (3x) since then and I notice that my output varies quite a bit with the menstrual cycle. My supply is highest when I'm ovulating I think - I get anywhere between 5-7oz during the first pump, 4-5oz in the second and around 4oz during the third. But before, during, and for a few days after my period, I get about 3-4oz, sometimes 2.5oz! So I basically supplement the baby with 4-8oz of formula during those 2 weeks of the month, and I don't need to supplement during the rest of the month. It's true that my supply has dropped a bit overall as well because of my long commute+work which results in my being away from the baby for nearly 12 hours. I wish I could pump more often but I'm exhausted, so for now it's just 3 pumps at work + 2 nursing sessions after I get home, and sometimes in the middle of the night (comfort nursing - which is good for supply but bad habit in general at this stage I guess). Anyway, sorry for the long story, but I'd love to do something that would keep my supply up and constant throughout the month. I have a one year goal (probably a fairly humble one given some high standards around here :)), and I want to try and minimize formula as far as possible for the next 3 months. Please help!! :)
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  • @llli*mjane82's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 07:10 PM
    A couple weeks ago, my daughter (now one month), started to show flecks of blood in her diaper. Over the next week the blood increased. Our doctor is fairly sure that she has a milk and soy protein intolerance (MSPI). I've since cut it out of my diet completely...it's been about a week and I'm still seeing blood in her diapers. Does anyone else out there have any experience with this? I feel a little bit helpless and its hard to see her in this state. We will be seeing a specialist soon, but any experiences or advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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  • @llli*hhr's Avatar
    April 24th, 2015, 02:32 PM
    Hello, this is my first time posting and Looking for support. My son is 19 days old, born FT vaginal and weighed 8pounds and an ounce without any medical issues. We had a lot of trouble breastfeeding and he lost enough weight that I started pumping and using a bottle. We have a lactation consultant helping us...initially he wouldn't match and we used a shield. He now can latch but never stays on more than a few seconds even after getting some milk to start because he gets so fussy. Same thing happened with the SNS which we started yesterday. During our second visit with the LC she thought his sucking was an issue as he pools milk in his mouth, can't get the sucking pattern down and doesn't stick his tongue or and she thought he might have a posterior tongue tie. We are going to see an ENT hopefully soon. Anyone with similar experience and how long did it take you to breastfeed? This has been a frustrating course for us!
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  • @llli*drakes.mum's Avatar
    April 25th, 2015, 11:10 AM
    I have been exclusively pumping for about 2 months now. My son will be 6 months in about a month, I currently pump 9 times a day to maintain my supply and meet demands. I want to start dropping some of these sessions once he's 6 months,but I still want to be able supply him with some breastmilk. Is that possible and if so how can I do it?
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  • @llli*stellazovak's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 09:44 AM
    4th week of breastfeeding. recently, only while i breastfeed, i feel an aching/pulling sensation in the area of my back under my arm. it's almost as if i can feel him suck milk out of that part of my back. could this be connected to mastitis? i recently had mastitis (or perhaps just plugged duct) for the 2nd time, in that breast, which i thought i had cleared up. thx 4 any help
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  • @llli*pbnurse's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:12 AM
    Hey all, My 6wk old has redness around her anus and I'm having a hard time determining if it's something I'm eating or just diaper rash! When she was a week old she had these really big afternoon cries and after googling it to death I convinced myself she had a milk allergy and cut it out. I've really only cut out obvious dairy and have still had some cheese and chocolate. The fussiNess I think was just age related and it has improved. I first noticed the redness a couple weeks ago but pediatrician was dismissive when I brought it up. Said it's from acidic poop and to use penaten. You can only see the rash if you look for it (move her cheeks) so I wasnt keeping super close tabs. Then last week I noticed it seemed worse, some small open spots appeared. I switched to plain water for wiping and the spots went away, but still have the red ring! She has no excema and her poops are yellow and normal. She does seem congested to me sometimes but she's a nose breather (obviously) and it's quite dry here. I feel distressed that I can't get the rash to go away, but she doesn't seem bothered by it at all. Any experience? Is this red ring ALWAYS an allergy? I ate a yogurt the other night and thought she maybe spitting up more than usual but I'm also kind of paranoid! Haha. My Dr said if she had an allergy we would see more symptoms. .help?
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  • @llli*amnetto60's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    My daughter just turned 4 weeks yesterday and most days all she wants to do is nurse...honestly she'll spend most of the day going from boob to boob. She'll take. An jour + nap in the morning and minimal naps throughout the day, meaning 15-20 minutes here and there. I know she's gaining weight, making regular diapers and when she's awake she's alert and engaging. I don't mind. The constant nursing, but I just want to know if this is normal? And if so, when it should subside? She was born 2 weeks early at 6 pounds 1ounce. She was 6 pounds 4 ounces a week and a half ago, and last week I weighed her on a different scale, and she was 6 pounds 14 ounces. Thanks in advance for the help!!
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  • @llli*songstress1212's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 11:55 AM
    My little girl was born via emergency c-section. I was able to try breastfeeding about an hour after the surgery and she latched on immediately. I was trying to EBF while in the hospital but the last night before I was supposed to go home, the pediatrician came in and said she lost 10 percent and was dehydrated with hgh sodium levels. They took her to get IV fluids. I continued to go visit her and breastfeed every 2 hours but they convinced me to supplement her to get her weight back up. I gave her a small amount after every breastfeeding. The next day, my milk came in and I pumped some to bring to her. I breastfed her that day and then gave her what I pumped. They cleared her to go home and I continued to breastfeed and supplement a little. The next day we took her to the pediatrician and she gained back her weight so that made us very happy. I went home and started to wean her from the supplement. A few days later we went back to weigh her and she lost 2 ounces. My husband was freaked out and he insisted we supplement again. Since supplementing, I dont feel like my little one's suck is what it used to be when she feeds with me. And every supplementation shes eating more and more which I think is ruining my breastfeeding chances. I havent had much support from my husband because he was panicked about her weight loss and insists on formula regularly. I know he's concerned about her but I think if I was able to stick with breastfeeding like I wanted to it could have worked...
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  • @llli*lazb's Avatar
    April 26th, 2015, 03:53 PM
    Hello, this is my first post. I have an 11 week old daughter and just tested positive for a new pregnancy yesterday. The line is light, and I'm hoping its viable, even though we weren't trying, we would be happy to welcome a new baby. I am ebf, so pretty surprising that I'm pregnant, especially with fertility issues in the past. Any suggestions for things I need to do or watch out for since I want to continue nursing my newborn?
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  • @llli*stellazovak's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 AM
    I had to start supplementing with formula for my 3-week old. He's now nearly 4 weeks old. I want to do everything I can not to undermine breastfeeding and to transition back to exclusively breastfeeding as quickly as possible. Any advice? Thank you!
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