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  • @llli*rowdybliss's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    Thanks for the response! My babies went straight to the nicu when they were born and spent 3 weeks there. I wasn't offered the option of rooming in and so I had to exclusively pump. I started off pumping every 3 hours for 30 minutes or longer/ more frequently. I was lucky enough to create an ample supply. I was allowed to offer the breast around 34 weeks and babies weren't very capable at the breast. They would try to latch, but could not suck in enough tissue and were not strong enough to keep the breast in their mouth. I had asked the lactation consultant for any advice with getting them to latch but she didn't offer any. I also asked the nurses about using a nipple shield as I had read or heard something vaguely about a nipple shield helping with latch for preemies but the nurse acted like it was for inverted nipple, which I do not have. After doing more research, I decided to try one and it has truly been a blessing because they were finally able to nurse at the breast. They were doing well with it, and so I decided to cut them off from the bottle. They still can not latch effectively without the shield. I started to anxious though about them continuing to gain weight because I realized they weren't getting much hind milk because my breasts were always full. After reading that article about fore and hind milk I am realizing that I probably should not be allowing my breasts to get so full so that they can get hind milk when they nurse. I have been pumping 3 or 4 times a...
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  • @llli*diymom's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    I am 5 days in with baby number 2. I have IGT, or hypoplasia, and am monitoring things very closely. I was unable to EBF my first son and did tons of research to improve my chances this time around. I am really excited to say after lots of hard work, gross lactenogenic foods and galactagogues I have been preparing a and taking for a better lactation experience, that I have become engorged to the point where it feels I have much more breast glands and a greater potential to possibly EBF. Now, however, that my milk has come in my son is exhausted from the feedings and just seems to want to sleep. He can't even drain one breast and I am very concerned he won't remove enough milk to keep my supply as high as possible. I want to drain as much milk as possible and establish the highest amount of prolactin receptors that I can and I was wondering how to get this supply out. I know I could pump, but I thought there may be something else I could do to try to keep him awake...though I think he may just be too full. The hospital. Grade pump rental place will be open Tuesday. On another note, I am concerned about his bowel movements...he didn't poop at all yesterday, but th e day before he had one massive lighter brown stool. His wet diapers are about 6 a day now. I watch him transfer a lot of milk now, and I don't know why he hasn't been pooping. Could this also be why he is so tired ? Trying to get the max lactation capability possible is my goal right now, hope someone has...
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  • @llli*jam-on-toast's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    So, we're giving the Jay Gordon night weaning thing a go tonight... But nervous, wondering if I'll have the energy to see it through! Also excited at the prospect of longer sleep stretches, eventually!!!
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  • @llli*ellora's Avatar
    Today, 12:05 AM
    Hello all breastfeeding mamas, just a short (I'll try) background. DD goes to daycare. Currently 10months+. Had an episode of bronchiolitis spanned out within the last three weeks. I took some days off. Nursed on demand, her appetite was so bad. And she didn't want her bottles since I am around so I cut down some pumps. Also prior to this bout of bronchiolitis she wasn't drinking as much due to solids and I was planning to cut the mid morning pump. So my schedule from 6months PP (went back to work) was, nursing on demand at home and pumping at 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm, 11pm. As the numbers of bottles she required in the day slowly dropped (she was reverse cycling sometime back) and she was taking solids quite well, I figured it was OK to drop some pumps. Last 3 weeks I only pumped at 8am and 4pm. Nursing from 7pm-7am. She wasn't feeding much. Had a nursing weekend after she got well and Saturday night was bad (My turn to get sick!). She was fussy and crying almost every hour. My breasts never felt full anymore. Came back to work today and pump output was still the same as last week's; the time I found out the supply has dropped by more than half. Probably not hormonal. My almost 3-week long period was just over. Usually my supply would dip 2 days prior to AF n go back right up the first signs of red (tmi) She wasn't fussy anymore on Sunday although I am very sure I felt no more than one letdown per feed. Question: should I go back to my previous pump at work...
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  • @llli*fatimasocorro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Hola, quisiera saber si la chica de este foro logro relactar, yo estoy en una situacion similar.....
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  • @llli*fatimasocorro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Hola, que tal.... sera que puedas compartirme que hiciste o que método usastes para volver a la lactancia exclusiva y cuanto demoro el proceso?? Gracias....
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  • @llli*fatimasocorro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
    Hola amiga, yo soy otra madre con ganas de re-lactar, quería preguntarles todas las mamis que lograron relactar, cuantas semanas demoraron en volver a la lactancia materna exclusiva? Gracias
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  • @llli*kamy04's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:26 PM
    Thank you! I will just see what happens with my return to work. My supply took a big hit then with DS1, but I definitely did not have oversupply issues with him. His teachers are pretty good about bottles (it's our staff daycare). He is still using a preemie flow nipple so he has to work, but h still gulps so it seems right for him. I will keep doing what I'm doing and keep track of his poops. If it continues I will mention it to his doc at his next appt. she is pretty pro breastfeeding, so I know she will be cautious with suggestions. Eliminating dairy would be very hard for me, but even today at the grocery I was more aware of my choices and tried to limit obvious milk in common things (like bread choices).
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
    Will he eat any more often? That might help. Eating "long enough" is not the issue, really. It is hard to make a baby nurse longer if the flow is fast and they are getting plenty of milk quickly, because the tummy is so small and it is probably filling quickly. As long as baby is gaining normally, baby is getting enough milk. Moms typically make more milk with subsequent babies, and 4-6 weeks is typically when milk production 'peaks' before starting to calm down. So having some issues around now is not so unusual. What have you tried for helping baby handle the flow? It sounds like baby is reacting to a fast flow perhaps. This article has many ideas: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/fast-letdown/ and here is some great info with pictures of reclined nursing, which also helps a lot. http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/2014/8/25/coping-with-fast-milk-flow.html Beware of block nursing, which you will find suggested for these issues. Block nursing ("blocking" or not nursing on one side for two or more nursing sessions) CAN help when true overproduction is causing serious issues. But since it really will decrease milk production, it must be approached with caution. Sometimes milk production decreases too much! Here is more about that: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    So why are you so particular about doing weighed feeds and all that? Have you tried spacing out the feedings? If you feed very often, it's more like the baby gets a bunch of snacks rather than decent sized meals. Whenever I had a lowish supply I was told to feed more often, but I found that to be counterproductive because my baby was NOT in the mood of eating so frequently so he'd just have a few sucks and that's it. If I let him go 2.5 hours or so between meals, he ate a REAL meal when he ate. If you feed hourly, I wouldn't really expect your baby to want to eat that much.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Of course mother's opinions are going to vary, but I have not universally heard that Hygeia is not reliable-the pump, or the company? Anyway, you should be aware that while LLL would certainly consider pump performance in any decision to partner with a specific pump company, they have to consider other things. Hygeia (the company) is in compliance with the WHO marketing code- the code that specifies how infant feedings products should be marketed in order to not undermine breastfeeding or promote bottle or formula feeding as equal or better than breastfeeding. LLL used to have a partnership with Medela but a few years ago Medela started violating the WHO code in how they marketed pumps, bottles and nipples, so that partnership had to end. It took several years for the partnership with Hygeia to come about, so I assume LLL was cautious. But how a pump will work for a given mom in a given situation is going to vary tremendously. And it is very hard to compare the two via review sites because Medela is a MUCH larger company, and has sold so many more pumps. So thye wil have many more reviews, both good and bad. Ameda will also have more reviews than Hygeia. Most people have never heard of Hygeia but anyone can find a medela at Target or babies R us. Compared to the usually cheapo pumps typically found at these stores, Medelas are awesome. Why the purely yours is so popular on review sites is beyond me, going by what I have heard form moms here and locally. Also, Hygeia...
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    Wow, amazing you were able to get baby nursing again on the one side! So, Your baby is healthy and gaining normally, no symptoms of allergy aside from poop look, but baby has clear signs of having difficulty with a fast flow on the right? If so, I would suspect fast letdown is causing the green mucousy poops. The question then becomes, is this an issue that needs addressing? I would say, no. Assuming you have no mom-related issues with overproduction(engorged, plugs, mastitis) then basically the only concern is what the poops look like and helping baby handle the flow. And what poops LOOK like is rarely an issue. If baby was having obvious signs of gastrointestinal discomfort, that would be different. The fast flow should calm down as your milk production regulates. When a mom is back at work and pumping, it may be difficult to maintain the same level of milk production. Typically, milk production reduces some. So that may actually help calm things down on that one side. Alternatively, pumping (or the separations) might make the issues worse. This is less likely, but something to watch out for. Since you make much less milk on the left side, it is probably good/understandable that your right breast overproduces. Right? So steps to reduce production might not be such a great idea. Also, since your baby is not gaining overly rapidly, block nursing-which WILL reduce milk production- would not be recommended, typically. However, if the issue gets worse and you...
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  • @llli*kris.luikart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    My LO is almost 5 weeks old. Last week my breasts became engorged after what must have been a growth spurt. He was only eating 5 min on a side, pulling off constantly, very gassy, milk spilling down his chin. I dealt with this for 3-4 days. I then started to get extremely engorged so I started offering only 1 side at each feeding. Trying to get him to eat longer and empty my breasts more. I developed a plugged duct and now mastitis. After 4 days of 1 side feeding my breasts are not as full. However, he is still eating 5-8 min, fussy while eating, milk dribbling down his chin. He is eating every 2-3 hrs and has 12+ wet/poopy diapers a day. Is he eating long enough? Nursing is so frustrating because I feel like he is not eating long enough and I cannot get him to eat anymore. He just cries and gets really angry. He is my 3rd breastfed baby.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Not palm sized. As big as my OPEN HAND. And I am average size, so this was really enormous! Overactive letdown occurs along with overproduction, usually (although, not always.) But I agree, neither is a problem unless it is causing a problem for mom or baby. I had overproduction and fast letdown with all three babies and the only time I had a severe issue due to this was the one I described above, with my daughter. Glad your plug cleared. The fact it CAN clear is a good sign, even if it comes back. Really, that is good. You are doing amazing.
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  • @llli*nivilovely's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    thanks for such a big response.. i got rid of my awful plug. i stopped thinking about it and today evening when i checked my breast it was not there. i feel like when i am least concerned about it, it is trying to go away. but i cannot be so happy because it will come back often in my case. i will try what you suggested. i know i have little over production but i don't think its much because during the end of the day my production is quite less and my breasts feels less full. when i had an appointment with LC she said she thinks i have overactive let down than overproduction. my milk sprays all those things happen but my baby is ok with it. he is coping up really well. palm size plug!!! omg!! so i am not the only one who is going through this. sometimes i feel so stressed because of these issues. i will think about your suggestions for sure.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:31 PM
    If he is able to nurse and not in pain and not sick, it probably isn't anything to be overly concerned about. I've never had to deal with any over supply or OALD so hopefully some of the mom's who have dealt with it can help you out some more. Chances are you don't really want to do any block nursing to bring supply down since it can be overly effective and if you are about to go back to work, you probably don't want to bring supply down since it can be hard to keep up with pumping. Make sure bottles are given in a breastfeeding supportive way with paced bottle feeding. Perhaps you will see a difference in poops but that can also come with the new situation of being separated for part of the day too and may or may not indicate what the cause was.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    I also did a bunch of reading of reviews on Amazon on pumps before buying
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    I'm really not sure how long milk that has been refrigerated and then re-warmed is good for even if it was refrigerated right away after pumping so I'm not sure on that answer. I've usually tried not to leave milk sit out after refrigeration and re-warming for more than a few hours normally. You can always smell/taste it for yourself to check before giving to baby.
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  • @llli*lllmamamia's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:07 PM
    I have twins, too :) They are age seven, now! Congratulations and nice work! Some ideas for weaning off the pump: - How much are you pumping now? Is it routine? Or just for comfort or to pump off the foremilk? - Usually this is best done gradually. You can decrease the number of minutes you pump, the number of pumping sessions, or a combination of both. It works for some moms to aim for decreasing one pumping session every day or two and assess. Often moms that cut back pumping or nursing sessions to quickly end up with problems with plugged ducts that can lead to infection. - You may consider using hand expression instead of pumping some of the day. This releases the fullness you may have without removing so much milk. Some thoughts on oversupply and not getting the hindmilk:
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  • @llli*noodles610's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:00 PM
    Ok maybe that was a bad example. But would it be good for 5hrs or only 2?
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:45 PM
    I am loving that florida coalition website. Here is their link to info on how the ACA changed FEDERAL workplace law. This means it covers most employers nationwide. http://www.flbreastfeeding.org/workplacelaw.htm Again I get it that you are a student, and I do not know if your school even would be under this for employees. BUT. Nothing wrong with saying (Nicely) "Federal law requires XYZ." It is the truth! It is not up to you to explain the specifics of who the law applies to.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:35 PM
    Breasts beginning to adjust means milk production is lessening. This does not (necessarily) mean mom has or will have low milk production, because some moms start with HIGH milk production so basically milk production lessening is bringing production to normal. In other words, sometime a lessening of production is a good thing. How ofte na baby nurses, how long each time, two sides or one, etc etc, will NORMALLY vary tremendously from baby to baby, and even from day to day or week to week or month to month with the same baby. There are many reasons for this, but this is why breastfeeding advice can be so confusing. This is also why general absolutes like "go this long between sessions" or "nursing sessions should last X amount of time" just do not make sense in actual practice. Longer sleep stretches here and there even very early on are usually nothing to worry about assuming gain has been good. If they happen suddenly, yes mom is probably going to get uncomfortable. Again this is probably not anything to be concerned about. The time to be possibly be concerned is: Gain has NOT been adequate Baby is taking long sleep stretches regularly and mom is getting regularly or painfully very full or engorged or having some other breast issues as a result. Baby is being encouraged to sleep long stretches "artificially." Pacifiers during sleep, swaddling, baby sleeping remotely from mom (another room) and sleep training are all sleep lengthening "techniques" that MAY cause...
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  • @llli*sandra22's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:35 PM
    keep trying and try to not freak too much - stress can cause a drop in your supply. And oh yes, growth spurts happen and sometimes you feel like you just finished feeding then you are having another one.. YSoon enough things will even out - the newborn stage (in my mind, less than 3 mos) can be tough. Another idea is for you to 'bed in' with the baby. get some videos, music, books etc and spend a few days in bed with the baby, letting him/her nurse as often as she/he wants. Of course this requires help from the spouse or partner to help keep you fed and hydrated, but since milk is supply and demand, dedicating a few days to relaxing and feeding can help build things up.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:21 PM
    Yes. This is great gain, as in it is normal gain, and not slow, nor, particularly FAST gain. So there is no reason to nurse baby more often in order to increase weight gain rate. I agree with that. BUT breastfeeding is a two way street. If a mom is feeling overly full between nursing sessions, if there is over production, if there is a plug, and if there is fast letdown, nursing more often almost always HELPS. And it won't change your baby's gain, certainly not dramatically, because baby will simply take less each session. More often does not mean wake baby every such and such hours. It means, nurse going not only by your baby's cues but ALSO by how YOU feel-your body's cues. It means, offer as needed, even if that means waking baby sometimes, or offering in baby's sleep. Baby may not need the more frequent sessions, but YOU might. The reason I pointed out that the gain was not particularly FAST is because block nursing (which reduces milk production) is not suggested UNLESS baby is gaining particularly fast. So basically, while I think you probably have some overproduction going on, in this particular case block nursing may not be appropriate. Relax, yes. Your baby is doing great and for the most part breastfeeding is going well. Icing of course is fine, if it helps. You can also take an otc anti inflammatory (motrin/advil) if you are so inclined. And I do agree it is important to work on the engorgement. But when she says work on the engorgement, what is she...
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