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  • @llli*ssw's Avatar
    Today, 02:46 PM
    Hi all, My son is now 8 weeks old. We've been having problems breastfeeding from day 1. LO was in the NICU for 10 days immediately after birth and I barely got to touch him let alone feed him. A few compounding problems: milk supply not coming in until 9 days, stress and difficult recovery from birth, and also an innocent bout of mastitis which snowballed into an abscess that needed draining. LO has always been a champ eater - at 2.5 weeks, he was already taking in 3-4 oz per feeding. Today he needs atleast 25oz a day. On a good day, I can produce 10-15. As such, I need to supplement. I feed him as much as possible I can from me, and the rest is formula until he's sated. My question is really this. In almost all the fora and resources I've read online, the recommendation is to give up supplementation when you have low milk supply. Gradually decreasing the amount of supplementation maybe makes sense, but what I'm reading implies cutting it out cold turkey. In my case, given the tremendous deficit I have in production vs his need, I'm not sure how I can remove supplementation overnight without harming my child. The few times I've tried not to supplement at all, LO does not feed (falls asleep, fusses), does not sleep deeply and cries incessantly. I feel like the stress this creates for him and the disrupted sleeping pattern (and longer term, weight loss), are worse for his development than the formula he's supplemented with. I've been working as much as...
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    I personally avoid soy due to the phyto-estrogens and I have thyroid trouble and the 'hippie' advice is the two don't mix. There is a Coconut milk yogurt called Co-Yo that isn't too bad, and you should be able to use some of it as a starter culture with coconut milk to make your own. I'll try to find the links from the internet rabbit hole I went down looking up this stuff a few weeks back. Edit: http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2014/04/homemade-yogurt-recipe-dairy-yogurts.html
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  • @llli*anxiousmom's Avatar
    Today, 12:28 PM
    Luckily, when all of this was happening I went to see my pediatrician who confirmed my baby was having a growth spurt and that I should breastfeed her every 1 1/2 and I only needed to pump if she slept through a feeding. I have been doing this since then and things have been much better. I think she is having another growth spurt right now.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 11:19 AM
    :ita Excellent advice from the PPs. One of the most pervasive myths out there is that there are two types of milk: foremilk, which is bad and doesn't have enough fat, and hindmilk, which is creamy and good. The truth is that there is no such thing as either foremilk or hindmilk. Those are convenient terms for describing the end members of the milk composition spectrum, but there's no abrupt switchover from foremilk to hindmilk. When your breasts are full, because you haven't nursed or pumped in a while, the milk that comes out will be relatively watery, lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates, and we call this foremilk. As the feeding progresses and the breast empties, the percentage of fat will gradually increase. But foremilk isn't skim milk- even the most watery foremilk contains all the nutrients a baby needs to grow and develop. In fact, a baby will grow just fine on the so-called foremilk alone, provided she gets enough of it. What matters, when it comes to growth, is milk quantity, not milk quality.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    She buys WholeSoy. They are non-GMO. You can check it out here: http://www.wholesoyco.com/our-products/soy-yogurt/how-its-made She told our local health food store about this brand and they began to bring them in!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 09:59 AM
    :ita with pp...Aside from how your pumped milk looks, is there any other reason to be in any way concerned about your milk? Very fast weight gain? Severe colic? Gigantic painful spitups and painful burps? Explosive & frequent green poops? Are you getting engorged between feedings? Does baby cry, pull off, and/or refuse to nurse because the milk flow is so fast or strong? These are indication mom makes too much milk POSSIBLY or has forceful letdown POSSIBLY and there are many things to do for that issue. This is the scenario when 'too much foremilk' is a possibility. And even then there is nothing in any way unhealthy in the milk! All milk is good and contains what a baby needs. What is believed happens during a nursing session is that the early milk is slightly less fatty and has more carbs. GRADUALLY throughout the feeding, the milk SUBTLY and SLOWLY transitions to higher fat milk. Nature designed things to work this way for a reason. In most cases, most of the time, by far the best way to ensure a baby gets what they need is to simply nurse baby as often as baby wishes, and let baby stay on one side until they indicate they are done, and then offer the other side. Or am I misunderstanding and you are concerned that somehow your pumped milk is not ok for baby? Any particular reason you are pumping anyway?
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  • @llli*bsua65's Avatar
    Today, 09:57 AM
    Foremilk and Hindmilk are a myth! Milk gets progressively fattier as a baby feeds. There should be a sticky at the top of the forum that explains this well :) Feeding every 2 hours is normal I'm afraid. And your milk is perfectly fine and normal!
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  • @llli*alphawoman's Avatar
    Today, 09:48 AM
    If you aren't already, I suggest side lying nursing while cosleeping for naps and at night and coaxing a dream feeding if he hasn't had one in 2-3 hours. You mention that the majority of feeds are related to sleeping, so I'd increase the availability of milk during those sleep windows. At that age, my son would get about 3 letdowns per side in a 2 hour nap and wake 3-4 times overnight to nurse on both sides. That's 6-7 feedings right there during sleep. Get in another 1-3 during the waking hours and you're golden supply-wise. For daytime feeds, nurse in a quiet, dark room to avoid distraction. This will pass! :) Many children get excitable, distractible, and switch to reverse cycling around your LO's age. I really do think that, by emphasizing sleep nursing, you'll keep your supply rocking for when the distraction subsides.
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  • @llli*anna.will's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Yes I think you should send 4 oz bottles. It would increase the total volume of breast milk she would be getting. No harm there.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:35 AM
    Does she make her own Soy yogurt? I've never seen alternative yogurts in the stores around here. Any Ideas how to make it? I would probably choose one of the other alternative milks other than soy since soy here is generally GMO and heavily sprayed with all sorts of chemicals.
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