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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    Today, 10:50 AM
    Hi. Thomas has a poopy nappy pretty much every time I change him, which is about every 3-4 hours. Sometimes they are huge and other times they are just a "Wet fart" sort of stain but they are always yellow in colour and seedy like mustard. I'm going to start using his cloth nappies as soon as I can get the solution to soak the dirty ones in. Possibly tomorrow. Then I can better tell how much he is wetting as it's hard to tell with pampers! He's been a load more alert today with much longer waking periods. I even had a smile from him which made my day! It's promising but I don't want to get too excited and then set myself up for a fall if he is back to sleepy baby tomorrow again. I've been feeding him on both sides at each feed with a bum change between and its been working so I'm going to continue with this. He is weighed again on Tuesday and I'm hoping he is going to surprise us all by how much he has gained. I do agree with the scales thing though as different midwives with different scales have been weighing him.. Will update again soon.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 AM
    I seem to have a great supply plus a baby who isn't very hungry so my stash is too big and grows! I never need it and forget to swap out fresh for frozen to rotate through. I started with 10 oz and maybe have 40 now. It takes up too much room in the freezer. You don't need much. What you're comfortable with, I'd say. Maybe 15 to 20 oz max.
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 AM
    We did have a tongue tie corrected at 8 days old, and she's had craniosacral therapy ever since. The osteopathic doctor said she's much better, and breast feeding without the shield is possible, but after a few minutes it becomes painful again. I have been fitted with different shields and am using Pumpin Pals shields with lubrication. I have tried lanolin, olive oil, and coconut oil, with lanolin being the most helpful. I also have seen 5 different lactation consultants at this point, and no one seems to have an idea what's wrong, except that maybe I'm extra sensitive. My pain tolerance is pretty high -- I gave birth with pitocin but no epidural. My doc said 1.5 to 2 oz per breast was normal, but that's what I get from both breasts combined. The LC has showed us how to pace bottles, but she still needs more than I can pump. How much did you get from the domperidone once you used it?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 06:06 AM
    Yes, I agree that the things you experienced during birth are unlikely to cause problems with supply, unless pain meant that you had trouble nursing enough. What I was looking for was something like a large volume blood loss or problems with retained placenta, as those things are associated with lowered or delayed milk production. I would definitely look into getting a really good pump. That's how I got my firstborn off of supplemental formula. When I a could fill all her supplemental bottles with my milk, I knew I could stop buying formula.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 06:02 AM
    My understanding is the body needs calcium and magnesium in equal amounts. I find my diet is naturally high in calcium and low in magnesium so I supplement magnesium to help with 'monthly' headaches. I wasn't sure it was making a difference so I stopped and now I've had a stinking migraine so am gonna start supplementing again. Taking supplements is probably best discussed with a HCP. Have you thought about done it the old fashioned way and eating different? :) Dairy or non dairy milks are great for calcium and pumpkin seeds are great for magnesium ( some other seeds are too!) Fennel is supposed to be good for letdown issues too. I drank a ton of fennel tea when we had feeding issues in the early days. Again if you can get hold of the whole plant you can cook and eat it and that would be stronger too. I couldn't find fresh fennel :/
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:58 AM
    It sounds like you are going through such a rough time right now. I'm really sorry, mama. :hug I just want to reassure you on a couple of points. First, it's 100% normal for kids to develop temporary preferences for one parent's company. Just like a newborn baby wants nothing to do with anyone other than mom (resulting in a lot of dads feeling left out), it's normal for a toddler to switch to wanting dad all the time. Don't worry about it. It's temporary- these things switch back and forth over time- and it doesn't mean that your child doesn't love you. She still loves you like crazy. She's just having fun playing with a new (from her perspective) playmate. Second, brief nursing sessions don't necessarily mean weaning. Typically, toddlers will sometimes nurse for long periods and sometimes "check in" at the breast for short sessions when they need reassurance, and their milk needs do drop as they transition to a majority-solids diet. But short sessions and needing less milk doesn't mean your nursing relationship is ending, it just means that it is changing. Your baby's nursing is becoming more about connection with you and less about calories. Third and finally, stress is no fun but it doesn't kill supply. If it did, the human species would never have gotten through the caveman years or the Middle Ages... Anxiety can be a problem because when a mom is very anxious, she may experience delayed letdown. If you feel that has become a problem for you, try...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 AM
    Have you spoken to your husband about your marital issues and sought support? It sounds like this may be affecting how you see everything else. Please don't take this the wrong way! I'm a ftm with a 15 month old too and I'm brutally aware of how a little one affects our relationship and my feelings towards DH totally affect how I see everything else so I could just be projecting! You won't lose your supply if you feed less. Feeds naturally drop when a child is taking more solids and our bodies are designed to regulate for this. Will you have less milk? Probably but you will still have enough milk for what your child wants/needs! Many mums end up feeding only a few times a day and yet the milk is still there and the child still happily nurses. I would drop the schedule of 2 hours and just go with the flow! It's totally normal for my daughter to have 'feeds' where I'm sure she didn't latch long enough to get milk and she's distracted and other feeds where she is off and on between every page of a book and still other feeds where she nuzzles in for half hour. All are perfectly normal! And by dropping the schedule I font mean don't offer. If it feels like it's been a while since she fed go ahead and offer. But it isn't her rejecting you if she doesn't want to feed at that time. Also kids pick up on emotions so if you are a big ball of meh and stress and your husband is a big (oblivious - or am I projecting again?!) ball of happy, she will gravitate towards him to play....
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 AM
    100% :ita with Maddieb. I think you need an immediate second opinion from a doctor, and help from a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, and your local La Leche League leader if there is LLL in your area.
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 05:32 AM
    I used domperidone - but I'm in the UK so for me it was free - but only if you get it prescribed. For us it was worth it but yeah I didn't have to pay for it! That said I.5-2oz is a normal amount to pump. I was given it because I was literally pumping drops and baby had quite severe weight loss due to latch issues TT etc. And we fed via a shield for the first 3 months. Are bottles being given in a paced manner to prevent overfeeding and to reduce flow preference should you be able to get baby back to breast? I feel like there is something missing in the story as you shouldn't be in pain when pumping and an IBCLC should have been able to help with that. Did they check you are using the correct sized flanges and are you using anything to lubricate? A little vaseline/ olive oil is safe to use. At the height of our issues I was pumping every 1.5 hours during the day and was able to do so without pain :/ Have you thought of trying or have you tried sacrocranial osteopathy? It helped us a lot to get DD to feed without a shield.
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  • @llli*olgapalafolls's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 AM
    hola a todas, os quería comentar mi niño tiene 3.5 años y yo 42 aun mama pero solo un poquito a la noche y a veces si se despierta a veces no mama en toda la noche pero aun note go la regla tomo Amalia como anticonceptivos orales. esto no sería problema pero hace un mes empeze con sofocos taquicardias e insomnio y pensé q era ansiedad ara he visto q también podría ser menopausia.teneis noticias me poséis ayudar. gracias
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 AM
    I am so greatful to be still nursing my 15 month old baby girl. However; it's definitely a challenge. Since she pretty much gets distracted with any sound, movement, or dad & big brother. Sometimes she nurses great and other times she nurses what seems like a minute or so. I worry that she is weaning off me or my supply is decreasing. This is so stressing. Although, she is eating solids now, I try to nurse her still every 2 hours. She does have to nap and nurse always. Sometimes she know pushes away from her papa (boob). This has made me so sad. Any advice from other mommies would help. Another, topic making me so stressed and sad. My baby girl has always been about mommy since birth. Although she is still mommies girl, if dad is around she wants only him now. This is really causing me heart ache and making me so sad. When I get her to nurse if dad passes by she wants nothing to do with her papa (boob)or mom. Now when ever I get her from dad she gets upset and whines or cries. This is not okay with me. I'm so deeply hurt. My emotions are everywhere right now. Although, I know she knows no better it hurts me so bad. Especially because her dad is probably loving it right now. We are seriously going through some tough, difficult martial issues right now. Married for 18 years you would think we for the most part we were happy. Sadly not the case. My 17 year old and I are just fed up at this point. Sorry ladies I really needed to clear my chest. I never ever vent out. I...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    I am not sure if this was asked yet- When did your supply "drop?" Were supplements given before this 4 month appt that showed no gain? Was there some issue prior to this 4 month appt that caused you to think there was a problem? Also, during the two months baby had no gain, can you tell us about how many times in 24 hours your baby nursed, how much breastmilk or formula he gets in bottles while you are at work, how long you are at work, and what is your typical pump output?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 AM
    Please see my post in your new thread. Slow or stopped weight gain is not going to be the result of an overabundance of milk, foremilk or otherwise. I am not sure what qualifies your mil or mom to have any say in the matter. If the problem is something more serious than "just your milk" then, surely, feeding baby formula rather than breastmilk for a week for no reason at all is not going to lead to quicker answers. Does your mil or mom or anyone else regularly care for your baby? If so, have you discussed feeding routines with them? I have heard of cases of slow gain caused by sitters feeding baby in their care something other than breastmilk (water, tea, straight cow milk as examples) or due to not feeding baby enough. As far as avoiding breast refusal when giving supplements, I suggest feed baby bottles in the manner described here, or consider a lactation aid (at the breast supplementer) for giving any needed supplements instead of bottles http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs Try the instant reward and other techniques suggested in the kellymom article I linked on the other thread for encouraging baby to nurse.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 AM
    It sounds as if you are assuming this is what your doctor means. I would suggest asking your doctor if this is really what he means. Yes sometimes supplements are needed, and if those supplements cannot be mothers own milk or donated breastmilk than formula is appropriate. But formula INSTEAD of breastmilk, replacing all breastmilk, simply makes no sense for anything but the rarest of issues, extremely severe food allergies for example. And those could only be identified with testing and of course the formula would have to be very specialized. And even in the case of allergies, in almost all cases, breastfeeding can continue while mom figures out what the problem is. Please note I am not in any way suggesting your baby has food allergies. I am sorry to say I think your child's doctor has made this unusual order to not nurse (rather than to simply supplement as needed while continuing to nurse) due to a lack of education about or understanding of breastmilk or breastfeeding, and because throwing formula at the problem is easier than trying to figure out what is really going on, and not for any actual medical reason. This lack of knowledge among doctors is unfortunately all to common. There is really no such thing as foremilk and hindmilk. As you have discovered in your research, what these terms mean is that, during a normal feeding at the breast, the milk content gradually shifts from higher lactose milk to higher fat milk. But all breastmilk has lots of fat and...
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    Doctor has advised me to not nurse my baby for a week and give him formula due to no weight gain in 2 months. The doctor isn't sure if it might be my milk and from what I've researched he is meaning a lack of hindmilk and an over supply of foremilk. I have tried this for one day and DO NOT like this feeling of not being able to provide for my child. In just one day, he isn't liking the fact that he has to stimulate and gets frustrated. Any tips on how I can help him love to nurse again?
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Thank you all sooo much! After reading all of what you have all said, I've done more research and I'm wondering if any of you have heard of having and over supply of foremilk? I'm wondering if that may be the reason for the fussiness? I've learned that foremilk contains a lot more lactose than hindmilk. And if a baby gets too much lactose it can cause gas and fussiness in babies which is an issue I have been having and also that my mother in law has been having. Also, doc has advised me to not nurse and just pump. Both my mom and my mother in law agree in case it's something more serious than just my milk. My husband thinks I should keep trying and I have but I'm also giving him formula. He's been attempting but get irritated with waiting for ther let down. Any recommendations there?
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    I have had many, many issues with painful breastfeeding and have seen many certified lactation specialists with few results. To reduce the pain, the current doctor (and certified lactation specialist) I am seeing had me reduce pumping to every 3 hours ( down from every 2) and breastfeed only once or twice a day, mostly for bonding and comfort since, despite a strong suck, my baby only gets about .5 oz from these sessions (I realize the shield reduces transfer, but it is the only way bf had been tolerable). When I pump, I only get between 1.75 to 2 ounces. I have been taking fenugreek, more milk special blend supplement, a probiotic, moringa, and calcium and magnesium ( for vasospasm). My doctor seems to think with reduced stress, healed breasts, and the supplements, I will eventually bring my pumped production up to 3 oz. I think we have both given up on the idea of exclusively breastfeeding, since my baby is 4 weeks old and there has been very little progress in that area, except that I am able to bf with the shield a few times a day ( more than that and the nipple becomes so sore and irritated that even pumping is painful ). I am so exhausted -- I'm working so hard to make this work for so few results. My heart is broken at the idea that bf isn't working, but I would be okay with everything if I was at least pumping enough milk for my baby, but as it is we have to supplement about half her intake with formula. I really would like to try medication to improve lactation...
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  • @llli*virginiamama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    Questions for mamas who work full-time (or at least close to full-time): How big is your freezer stash currently? What do you think is the ideal freezer stash size? Thanks!
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  • @llli*dandelions's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    It's so hard to tell with babies at that age. The PPs had a lot of great suggestions, but when my son did this I eventually figured out he had a burp stuck. He would scream and arch and flail, and somewhere (don't remember where, sorry) I read that young babies will often wave or reach their arms out when they have gas. I started being proactive about stopping and burping him at the first flail, and it helped a lot (he's older now and has grown out of that stage).
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  • @llli*ariawillrich's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    Hello everyone! My name is Ari and I am a senior in Nursing school, and also currently taking classes to become an IBCLC in the future! For my current class, Public policy of breastfeeding, I need to interview a mother who is/has breastfed and returned to work. The interview will be used for a short paper/case study, and so that I can gain better insight into how continued breastfeeding is impacted in the workplace. If I interview you, I will not share any names in the paper, including your name or the name of the company you work for. The interview can be conducted by email or by phone, whichever you are more comfortable with. Please let me know if you are willing to help me out, thank you so much!
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  • @llli*juliasmomma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:57 PM
    Hi ladies :) My son is 16 mos & nurses 3-4 times a day (morning, before nap, after nap, bedtime). With my last cycle I had trouble with my milk letting down during ovulation. It got a bit better/easier after those few days, then improved more once I started my period. I'm now getting to ovulation time again & the same thing seems to be happening. I've had two other cycles while nursing him & several while nursing my daughter and never had this happen before. Even while I was pregnant with him & nursing my daughter. So I'm not sure what changed. But I did some reading online last night & read several things that said this could be caused by low calcium levels in the blood (apparently they drop during ovulation & rise again when your period starts). It suggested taking a calcium/Magnesium supplement during the weeks between ovulation & into the first few days of your period. Has anyone tried this? & did it work? Also the suggested doses ranged from 500-1500mg of calcium (& about half that amount for magnesium), so I'm not sure how much I should take. Is this something I should consult with my doctor about before I start it? I think this might explain why I've had trouble with my recent cycles but not during others... maybe I'm not getting enough calcium now but in the past my levels were higher. I should also probably clarify that this doesn't seem to be a supply issue. I'm still making milk & feel full, but it takes a long time to let down, or doesn't at all. There are some...
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  • @llli*bfwmomof3's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    I agree. My oldest was no longer nursing at 21 months but was just as picky as your son. Conversely, my youngest WAS nursing at that age and was much less picky. Different kids have different degrees of toddler pickiness that I think has nothing to do with nursing. Also, all my kids eat the least in the evening, so the pattern you're describing, of eating a lot during the day and not much at night, sounds very familiar. Also the wanting to nurse rather than eating. My three-year-old nursling's priority when she sees me in the evening is to want to reconnect, which she does through nursing. That's more important to her than dinner (in fact I often have to convince her to end the nursing session so that I at least can eat dinner! - at which point she'll eat some dinner too, but not as much as she'll eat during the day).
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