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  • @llli*mackeroo2013's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 05:25 AM
    My daughter who is almost 5 months has such stinky gas. Her gas smells the same all the time and she has to pass gas very frequently throughout the day. She doesn't seem to be discomforted in anyway. But I'm wondering does this have something to do with my diet? The only thing I could think of is maybe my instant coffee I drink everyday 3 mugs everyday. I have also drunk this much coffee from the beginning and her gas hadn't started since 1 month ago. but I also know that it's rare for babies to be affected by what the mother ingests. I noticed her increase in gas and the same smell of them about 1 month ago it started after her bowel movements stop becoming frequently. She poops every 3 days or so now.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 12:54 PM
    Hi! I took my 9 month old baby boy to his check up thinking everything would be just fine I had my active baby breastfeeding fine and blw. But when they checked him he gain less than 2lb in 3 months! How is that possible when I carry him an he is heavy to me. Now I'm worried
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  • @llli*crocusb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:29 AM
    Hello everyone, I exclusively breastfed my son for 6 weeks. He gained weight within the normal range (150/170 gr a week) upto that point. From about week 6 onwards, his weight gain slowed down to 15 gr/day. I was advised to supplement. I started supplementing with my expressed milk and formula. I felt that I had to introduce bottles (everybody around me - midwives and my mum - advised that I should do so 'to get some milk in baby' as if my bfeeding did not count ). I had my baby's first 6 weeks check up at that point. The Gp asked me if my son was breast or bottle fed, I said both, then he put him as formula fed! which upset me further because majority of his milk is breasmilk. I decided to reach out for a IBCLC who discovered my son had a tongue tie at week 7. Navigating through loads of contradicting advice from health visitors, midwives, doctors etc, I decided to get it treated. I continued expressing and bottlefeeding him and putting him on my breast even though it became clear that he could not transfer milk efficiently. I also have low supply - I can barely produce 600 ml, usually 550 ml a day. Recently the LC discovered that his tongue tie partly reformed which upset me further although she said that there has been some improvement in his tongue movement. My husband has been against the idea of treating his tongue tie on the basis that it will not help bfeeding. He hooked onto this idea because one of the doctors we saw said so. The lactational...
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  • @llli*milkncookies90's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:26 AM
    Hi ladies I apologise in advance for the rant but I am so frustrated I could scream! My LO is 5 weeks old and we've been exclusively BF and had no problems with supply or latching on but I'm seriously thinking about throwing in the towel and making the switch to formula but I just can't make the decision - I am so torn!! :tearhairout I hear about all these people who breastfeed their babies for 6 months or a year or even longer and I JUST CAN'T see how anyone can continue doing it for that long without clawing their own eyes out! I hate it! I always hear about how "convenient" BF is but I just can't see it!! I hate having to get my boobs out all the time, I hate fiddly nursing bras (I CANNOT do it with one hand no matter how hard I try), I hate smelling like milk, I hate waking up in the night with the pad, my bra, my nightie and often my sheets too, absolutely soaked in milk (I leak this much daytime too) and to top it all off I just can't bring myself to do it in public (I have no issue with other people doing it in public but I am not one of those people - dunno why, just not). None of these things feel very "convenient" to me :( I desperately want to enjoy BF and want to find it easy and natural but I just don't ... and I absolutely know it is what's best for baby and I feel so selfish to even say this but I long for the ease and routine of bottles, I long to wear a pretty bra with no breast pads, and I long for a full nights sleep because my husband is doing the night...
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  • @llli*baraboo's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 09:34 AM
    My LO will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday - he started out nursing like a champ except his latch was shallow. He made up for it with vigorous sucking and has had no problems gaining weight. However, my nipples paid the price and I developed several cracks by day 4. My milk came in day 3 and I was CRAZY engorged for a few days. I got plugged ducts on both sides and the only way I could relieve them was to massage and squeeze my breasts while LO nurses - if I just let him do his thing, he doesn't unclog me or even do that good a job draining milk. I noticed a week in that his tongue looked flat when he cried, and the pediatrician agreed he had a tongue tie. The ENT snipped a centimeter of anterior frenulum. This did improve things - I stopped getting torn up looking nipples and they've slowly started to heal. But something is still not right. Unless I'm fairly aggressively pushing my boob into his mouth at all times during nursing, LO falls off and starts chomping just my nipples. He seems physically incapable of flanging his upper lip (it's so taut that I can't roll it out for him with my finger) and he barely flanges the bottom one - he seems to prefer tucking it in. He gets lip creases after nursing and my nipples have the lipstick shape with a crease in them too. I have small areolas but his gums clamp around the base of the nipple, not further out onto breast tissue (no matter how many tricks I try). I'm really starting to lose it (my sanity). I nursed my daughter for 2...
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  • @llli*mammymurphy's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2016, 08:32 AM
    Hi, I'm a ftm to a 3 week old little boy and am breast feeding. I've had trouble with sore, cracked nipples (improving but slowly!) so need to use lanolin after every feed and breast pads to stop my bra sticking to them. I haven't made the leap yet and breast fed any where apart from at home because of all this extra business. We've gotten good at going on little trips but are always watching the clock to get home in time for the next feed, it would be nice to have a bit more freedom. Any tips or advice? Thanks!
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  • @llli*ftmum's Avatar
    May 19th, 2016, 01:01 PM
    Hi there, I currently use an Avent manual pump every night but only get about 40ml (1.3 Oz). I often get about 60ml (2 oz) if hand express. I need to significantly increase this to top up my baby (exclusively breast fed) as I need to fatten him up and would eventually like to build a freezer stash. I've used a Medela mini with even less success, night bigger flanges but got nothing. Is it worth buying a better pump, or will my body just respond the same? Note I've tried warm packs, breast massage, photos and videos of baby, having baby with me, pumping different times of day...
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  • @llli*jessiesmum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:31 PM
    Hi all. My 9 month old is suffering with constipation at the moment and I'm at a loss as to what else to try, and unfortunately in my experience here in the UK, health professionals aren't always as knowledgeable when it comes to breastfeeding as I would like. I'm hoping that I might get some ideas here that I haven't considered. She has three small meals each day, well balanced with plenty of fibre. She nurses a minimum of 8 times per day including overnight, and is having plenty of good wet diapers. Weight gain is fine. She is not dehydrated and apart from being grumpy and uncomfortable when she can't/doesn’t go to the loo is generally well within herself. The longest between bowel movements has been 4.5 days, with the movements prior to constipation being a lovely consistency, but movements following these periods are definitely indicative of constipation, with stools being hard to pass and fairly solid in consistency when she does pass them. I'm giving her plenty of P-fruits, no BRAT foods, water with meals. Warm baths, tummy massage, lots of diaper free time, leg exercises, she crawls alot and stands if aided, I babywear. So far neither dietry changes or gravity are doing much good. If she does pass anything I give her lots of praise.
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  • @llli*polarisj9's Avatar
    May 20th, 2016, 04:41 PM
    My baby is EBF and I just went back to work this week. I've been pumping bottles for him & that's going well. I still nurse before and after work. He's home with my husband during the day. The first four days he ate more than I expected - like 13-15 oz during the 11 hours I was gone. But today, I left 13 oz for him and he only drank 6 oz! Hubby said baby just hasn't been interested in eating much today - he kept refusing the bottle. He had normal diaper output, and nursed from me as soon as I got home. Is this normal? I'm shocked he drank so little today when he's normally guzzling bottles! Hubby does pace feeding and we've had no issues switching between breast and bottle.
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  • @llli*ssmith888's Avatar
    May 22nd, 2016, 11:24 AM
    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I feel like I've seen some conflicting information about whey protein and breastfeeding. Can anyone tell me if it's unsafe to eat while breastfeeding? I saw a thread discussing protein shakes (some containing whey protein) and it seemed like they weren't recommended but I believe that's because of some of the other ingredients. If there's whey protein in something I'm eating, for example some pancakes I just bought that are supposed to be good for you because they have lots of protein - is that unsafe? My baby does not appear to have a milk allergy, if that's the main concern. Thank you!
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  • @llli*neilas.mom's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 07:15 AM
    My first child is 17 days old, she was 8 lb at birth, and now is still at her lowest weight of 7lb 5.8 oz. I am BF exclusively and compressing the breast with feeding. We are working on improving the latch. The first week she was put on antibiotics, had 2 X-rays and a upper GI. It turned out there was nothing wrong with her, however the antibiotics and barium hurt her tummy for a week. She eats every 2-3 hours in the day, 3-4 at night, wet diaper every feeding, 1-2 dirty a day. All her vitals are perfect, pink skin, bright, wet looking eyes, she is VERY active. The nurse wants me to add formula to her diet, but I think she might just have gotten a slow start, and have a high metabolism. We do see a doc in a couple days.
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  • @llli*mjanellec's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 03:37 PM
    Hi. My baby will be 3 months old in a few days and over the last 2-3 weeks he has been crying when I try to bf. We have some sessions that are good but most of the time he will just nurse for a couple minutes then pull off and cry. I try to calm him down then try again and he just pushes me away and cries more. I'm not sure what to do or why he is doing this. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thank you.
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  • @llli*bkindnhappy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    I started blw at almost 7 months with my baby. He just played with his food for about a month before really starting to swallow some. Now at 9 months he eats almost everything I give him. The concern I am having is that he is starting to eat more quantities. I breastfeed 45 to 1 hour after breastfeeding. Today I change that time frame to 20 min after breastfeeding hoping he would eat less but it did not happen. Since he is a slow weight gainer I am concerned he will drop breastfeedings because he is eating more solids. Should I cut them down? Feed him only what I think is a good amount? He eats solids 3 times a day and nurses 8+ times.
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  • @llli*jen.r24's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 03:09 AM
    Hello all. My lo is 8.5 months, never taken a bottle and I don't intend to start them. I use an open cup (doidy cup) with her for expressed milk and small amounts of water. Grandparents find it hard to use (it takes patience but she is good at drinking and swallowing from it with support). What closed top cups do you find useful ? I want to buy some so I can try and leave my lo for an afternoon in the next few weeks (grandparents will do a milk feed and nap for the first time).
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  • @llli*aprilmom16's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 AM
    I am nursing my 2nd child who is now 7 weeks old. I nursed my 1st child for a year and struggled a lot with oversupply/ OALD with her. No surprise, I am struggling with the same issues with baby # 2, except this time I know how to manage it so things are going much better. I nurse on one side every 2-3 hours and he is gaining plenty of weight (birth weight 8 lb 5 oz, 1 week appt. weight 9 lb 12 oz). I have been really hesitant to get the pump out and just broke down and started introducing a bottle last week (pumped twice, 4 days apart- only pumped one breast during his normal feeding time and got 4 ounces off then had my husband attempt to bottle feed him the milk). He's doing "ok", but will only take about 1 ounce and choked due to the flow of the milk (tried both medela and Dr Brown's wide neck, both a level 1 nipple). I am trying to decide when to pump, how often to pump, and how long to pump to build a milk supply, while not worsening my oversupply, thus causing a worsening OALD. With baby # 1 I didn't have much for a milk stockpile and ran out. I went through a dry spell while pumping at work at one point during that first year and ran out quickly (I didn't have much of a stockpile to begin with anyhow). I never had anything more than the milk I had from pumping the day prior at work and it made things difficult if I wanted to go out on a date or something. With this baby, he has the most difficulty nursing in the AM/ early afternoon when my milk supply is...
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  • @llli*habiba's Avatar
    May 23rd, 2016, 08:24 PM
    My 9 months old son was constipated for 3 -4 days, usually he passes stool every 3rd day. he passed the stool today and it had black tiny particles( like black powder) mixed in the stool. Sorry for being so gross. I introduced egg yolk 4 days ago. Other than that he had oat cereal very little amount of date and lentil soup.He seems fine no rash etc . Im so worried plz help
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  • @llli*iveehill's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    I have been back to work now for 5 weeks. My baby is 18 weeks old and weighs 12lbs 11oz. She went to the pediatrician two days ago and is growing well along her growth curve. I am away from my baby for 8.5 hours a day. I have been providing 11 ounces of expressed milk. I have been pumping anywhere from 11 to 13 ounces each day. It is very difficult for me to pump. To get 11 to 13 ounces, I pump 4 times each work day and 1 time in the evening after the baby is asleep. My question is, should I give my baby everything I pump from the previous day (anywhere from 11 to 13 ounces) even though it will vary, or would it be better to provide a consistent 11 ounces each day. Any advice will be greatly appreciate. Thanks!
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  • @llli*kvaughn's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 PM
    Does anybody have any recommendation on how to increase their breast milk production? My baby is 4 months old and takes about 5oz per feeding and I'm only making 1oz per feeding. I've had to substitute with formula for over a month while trying to increase my output with no luck. I've tried fenugreek supplements, lactation cookies, drinking tons of water, pumping to stimulate more production. Nothing seems to be helping.
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Today, 12:02 AM
    My baby girl and I, have been going strong with nursing since day 1. However, my situation has changed at home and I can't always nurse the same hours. I try to keep her on her schedule,but sometimes she does miss certain feedings now. Or, she won't ask or want her milky. However, her bedtime feeding is a must and nap time feeding. I've noticed she will tell me now, mama there's no more milky, and when I try to push milk out nine comes out or just a droplet. I'm very worried that my milk is dwindling and come to a stop. As soon as she latches on she will get her papa, and stay on 5-20 minutes depending on her mood. But sometimes she latches on and she will be on 2-3 minutes and she will say her milky is no more. ☹️ How do I increase my milk once again. Before, I was on a very strict diet and since about a year and half I became more lax. I'm eating stuff I completely did not since my baby girl was born. I've been eating a lot more sugar, which I know is bad and needs to stop like yesterday. I've been very stressed and overwhelmed with the new changes at home. My body has gone through a huge transition, I know this has played a huge part in here milky and I feel so guilty. I was always very strict and on schedule with her feedings always;Especially at night. I always made sure she nursed at 2am, because prolactin is at the highest for milk production. Needles to say, she does not nurse at night anymore; would this be another red flag? Should I be waking her up for that...
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  • @llli*baraboo's Avatar
    Today, 09:45 AM
    I posted a few days ago about my breastfeeding problems (clogged ducts, pain, having to compress my breast while LO nurses or he doesn't get milk out). Breastfeeding the first week was insanely painful and my nipples were developing fissures at the base. LO had an obvious anterior tongue tie which was snipped by an ENT. The ENT doc said she wasn't sure what posterior tongue ties were and she doubted their existence. Right away you could see his tongue had greater mobility after the snip, and my nipples were no longer being torn to shreds when he nursed. However, I could tell there was still a problem: he falls off the breast, makes clucking sounds, my breasts still don't drain unless I'm massaging the crap out of them during nursing, and my nipples still come out looking lipstick-shaped. My nipples used to be flat but my daughter gradually everted them, and I remember the nipples looking elongated (but NOT pinched) when she unlatched. I don't feel that LO is drawing my nipples deep enough into his mouth - they come out looking short and pinched. You can still see and feel a frenulum at the base of the tongue, and LO appears to have an upper lip tie as well (he can't flange his lips while on the breast). I saw an IBCLC yesterday who confirmed his tongue and lip ties and recommended a pediatric dentist nearby who does releases with a laser. She said LO was clamping down on my breast and moving his jaw a lot while nursing which also indicates that his tongue's movement is...
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  • @llli*niklas.sarah's Avatar
    Today, 05:29 PM
    So this is my 3rd child, and I breast fed the other two very successfully for over a year. My newest little one was born at 37 weeks due to iugr. In the hospital she was on a feeding tube for 24 hours and then I was allowed to nurse her using SNS. Once my milk came on I was allowed to nurse with the shield. She had lost 9 ounces by the time we were discharged and a total of 11 lost by our first dr appointment 2 days later. 2 days after that weight was steady and by that friday, she had gained an ounce. I have done 3 feed and weighs, and bott line is she only transfers about 1/2 an ounce per feeding. Therefore the pedi has asked us to give bottles and enhance with neosure to give it more calories. I am pumping 6 times a day and nursing 3 times or more overnight. On average I pump about 10 ounces a day maybe 11.5 if you count the nursing overnight. Bottom line is I do not want to be an exclusive pumper. I hate it to the very core of my being and right now I am making enough for her because she is only taking 1 to 1.5 ounces a feed. Not that I am lazy bUT I am having trouble feeling connected to my new little friend when all I can do is listen to her scream while I pump. I hate it! This is souch harder than nursing.
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  • @llli*boogabbalucky's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 PM
    How do you do it, if you do it? I have a Medela Freestyle and want to do this hands free if possible. I have two different hands free bustiers, but I don't think that they would facilitate a baby nursing on one side (I think the baby would end up with fabric in the face). I was thinking maybe I would cut holes in a sports bra, with one side being small for the pump and the other side being large for the baby to nurse from. I could do it with two sports bras to facilitate switching sides each day. My baby isn't born yet, but this is my fourth, so I'm not new to breastfeeding or pumping, but I haven't ever tried this. I would like to pump one side while nursing on the other side in the morning when I tend to be most full to help facilitate the pumped side letting down. I have a long history with the pump, and getting my body to let down with the pump takes time (and a lot of deep breathing and peaceful thoughts!). So, I thought I could save myself some time and pumping misery and do it all at once. I work out of the home full-time, so having a freezer stash when I go back to work is really important to me.
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