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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 PM
    I also found this on Dr. Jack Newman's site on mastitis. Is it possible I have the lump from the beginning of mastitis that he discusses, and not a plugged duct? I feel like if it's a lump, then everything I'm doing could be making it worse. But I don't want to leave it alone if it is a plug! I am so confused! Sorry if I'm driving you all crazy with my obsessiveness. I'm a laid-back person, but nursing issues make me insane.
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  • @llli*anaduralia's Avatar
    Today, 04:35 PM
    mmmm... I love black strap molasses! I never knew it was healthy too lol. I mix 2 tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp honey mustard (or mild mustard), 1 tbsp worchesterchire sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce together and put it on a burger along with carmelized onions and fried mushrooms and gouda cheese on top... You might have to adjust the amounts - I never measure just go by taste.
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  • @llli*filmmommy's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    usafreat, if I can get to some castor oil, I'll try that. I feel like this is running (and ruining) my life at the moment. Finding time to do all this is getting impossible with an infant and a toddler and a workaholic husband who's super-stressed! I'm trying everything -- took two showers, have been massaging all day, nursing as much as possible (baby is fussy and sleeping a lot today, though). I've pumped a few times. I don't feel or notice any difference. I know I said all those things made the redness worse, and it looks more inflamed, but I was worried about doing nothing. Meg, since you recommended cold compresses, is that all the time, meaning no heat at all? Use cold right before nursing? I wanted to talk this over with my LC but she hasn't called me back all day. I have no engorgement in that side, so if it's blocked it's not making milk at the moment, I guess.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 04:28 PM
    Babies can be really smart when it comes to seeing the SNS. You might try not opening up the tubes right away with the SNS so maybe she will learn to suck a bit before expecting the milk to come. I know how difficult ALWAYS having to use the SNS is. Now it tends to be trickier to slip the tube of the SNS in after already latched on since the SNS tube is Very Very flexible compared to the feeding tubes like Dr Jack Newman recommends. It can also be a pain to deal with a grabby baby and the fine tubes! I've got a 4 1/2 month old who likes to grab and pull at things while nursing. I'm trying different things like a necklace and now a red bandana around my neck, the red bandana seems to hold his attention right now. Are you pumping to up your supply since you are using the SNS?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 04:17 PM
    ok. So, why is baby so upset prior to coming to the breast? 2-3 weeks is the typical age for a baby to "wake up" and become much hungrier than before. Baby wants milk and baby wants milk NOW. This leads to a frantic baby, and a frantic baby cannot latch and nurse as effectively. So baby gets more frantic and before you know it, everyone is having a meltdown. So, as much as possible, offering the breast at the earliest cues or even BEFORE baby cues is important. These links have some helpful info on recognizing cues. But every baby is different. I suggest as much as possible, hold your baby either skin to skin or with very easy access to the breasts to facilitate breastfeeding. It never ever hurts to offer! Also, have you tried inserting the sns tube after baby latches? If baby is sucking on the tube and getting milk that way, that might be causing baby to not understand what baby has to do to get milk. So maybe inserting the tube later will help baby understand they have to latch and nurse to get milk. (?) See this video: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=vid-lactaid
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Today, 03:44 PM
    Yes but she is so upset she doesn't seem to notice!!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 03:37 PM
    Have you tried instant reward (dribbling a little expressed milk or formula on the nipple before/when latching or as baby gets "started" sucking, or, hand expressing to get droplets of milk on the breast before nursing? hand expression: http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/06_hand_expression.pdf
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 PM
    As pp suggests, the pump typically suggested for situations where mom is pumping because production is low is a hospital grade rental pump. You rent it, not buy it. Hand expression along with pumping helps some moms. Like, before or after pumping. Ok. When will baby be weighed again? While weight checks too close together are often misleading, I do think that weekly checks make sense to ensure any interventions are working. A gain of 2 ounces in 3 days sounds like reasonable gain to me, but it is not really a long enough period of time to draw conclusions one way or another. Supplementing so baby is getting enough to eat is important, but (imo) supplementing to get baby to a certain weight by a certain time is potentially problematic. OVER supplementation is likely to cause more problems. Now, I don't think either 5 or 7.5 daily is a huge amount to be supplementing, however, any amount over the needed amount is too much. Not that it is easy to determine the needed amount. It is not. But this is very early days, and the most important thing is to keep baby nursing frequently. And over supplementing can make that harder. ... Well, "minimal" changes in breasts as you describe during pregnancy are certainly normal. Assuming your development- onset of menses and breast development- was normal and with no obvious fertility issues, that is all inconclusive. Something to consider is to have your thyroid function and/or hormonal levels checked anyway, also, has retained...
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  • @llli*leonies.mum's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    Hi everybody Today I participated at the "Big Latch-on" in a baby center. I went there with the proud feeling of being one of the worlds breast feeding moms and left really frustrated. I wasn't even able to keep my two month old nursing for a minute in a row without getting her opset over my overactive letdown. While all moms around me where holding their placidly suckling babies sitting relaxed on a couch I was standing, shushing, and bouncing my crying baby trying to get her back to the breast... :( When I'm relaxed and at home it is somewhat easier. But still it takes me a lot of patience to get my baby to nurse, relax, and finally fall a sleep. She only nurses for a few minutes at the time and stays fussy until I get her to nurse more. She has figured out that she can pull back and let the intense flow pass but more often she still gets angry, starts crying, and does not want to go back to the breast for quite a while. I have tried block feeding for up to 6 hours on one side. But sometimes she would only nurse if I switch sides. Also the intensity of my letdown seems not to change much whether my breasts are really full or even quite soft. Any suggestions or just a little compassion to ease my frustration...?:huh
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  • @llli*xjemmaxlouisex's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 PM
    Sorry, I think my post was sent with haste of sheer desperation. She has continually gained weight but very slowly. She has never lost any weight but her weight gain hasn't been what health visitors/midwives would like. She regularly falls off the centiles of where she should be at but as I say has always gained. She was 3.340kg at birth and is now 5.875kg at 22 weeks, she did loose weight after birth, which I am told is normal which was 3.170kg. She doesnt really have a feeding pattern as I demand feed, she did used to nurse for an hour or two and then maybe go an hour in between. Before the strike she had baby rice 3 times a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and would feed as and when she wanted which was usually in the morning before breakfast and before and after meals and then two main feeds between Breakfast and Lunch & Lunch and Dinner. These particular feeds would last approx 30mins maybe more and the lesser feeds 15mins. Sorry when I say weaning, I mean in the British sense, a little baby rice or porridge with breastfeeding. My baby was combined fed with formula and breastmilk as my supply started to decrease however since I have started taking Fenugreek and Donperidone this was no longer a problem and formula stopped. She tends to have a small bottle to feed her medication and the rest fed by breast. I would prefer to breastfeed her but obviously will give whatever she will take. She has been much better since meds, alot more settled and defiantly doesn't...
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 PM
    I did some power pumping today and was able to get an ounce total from 4 pumping sessions in about an hour's time. Not much but for me that's pretty significant.
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    My 3 week old has been using an SNS for the past two weeks to supplement about 5 feedings a day. The past couple of days she gets very upset at the breast w/o SNS if there isn't immediate letdown. She will barely try to suck and then pulls away screaming. As soon as I set up the SNS and let her drink from that she is fine. Is there anything I can do to get her back to just breast a bit more?
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 PM
    Yes mommal has good questions. We can't tell if baby is nursing now, bottled fed, combo? It's unclear. How are/were bottles given (have you tried paced bottle feeding?) and how much is in the bottle? Also, how often are solids offered, how are they offered, and what are you giving your baby to eat? Also how are the meds working? any improvement after starting those? How was reflux diagnosed? When you say nothing works...what do you mean? Is baby not gaining weight? Losing weight? Literally not eating anything? Eating only sometimes? Or eating, but not as much or as often as you have been told she should? etc.
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    Hi filmmommy, I had a very mysterious 'is it mastitis, plug' issue once and I didn't want to take antibiotics nor didn't need to really because I wasn't sure of what was going on. I had all symptoms save a temperature. I did a castor oil compress and it remedied the problems. My IBCLC swore by it and now I do too. Took about a day or two for me to be 100 percent better. There are many sites I just quickly googled so I could incl something for you. Good luck. http://www.pumpstation.com/pumpstation/dept.asp?dept_id=3281
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 12:39 PM
    Hi mama! I'm so sorry about the difficulty with your baby's feeding and weight gain. It might be helpful if you could post a full weight history- birth weight, lowest weight, weight at each check-up. Also, can you describe her feeding patterns? Before this strike, how many times per day did she nurse (in general)? How many bottles per day did she get (in general)? And when you say you started weaning her at 4 months, do you mean that in the British sense, i.e. introducing solids, rather than the American sense, i.e. ceasing to nurse?
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  • @llli*xjemmaxlouisex's Avatar
    Today, 12:00 PM
    I have been through so much with my little one. She is now 5 months and this has been an ongoing issue. She has reflux and is on ranitidine. At 4 months I started to wean her due to her refusing feeds both formula and breastmilk via breast and bottle. Offering formula due to sheer desperation, a constant screaming baby and poor weight gain. She has always been slightly fussy at the breast due to tiredness from jaundice and then anaemia, so we have defiantly not had it easy. In the last few weeks, she has started to reject food as well as breastfeeds. Please tell me how to feed my child. I have tried everything from feeding little and often to positing. I have done everything anybody has suggested and what I have read. Nothing actually works. My midwife and my heath visitor have been useless and don't seem to have any advice to offer other than lets see how she goes. After waiting 5 months, things still haven't got better and i'm hitting breaking point. I really want to continue breastfeeding but don't know how. HELP!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 11:51 AM
    I agree with the pps. As far as bottles, many babies are resistant to bottles for many reasons, the primary one being that the bottle is not the breast. Babies nurse instinctually, but they may not bottle feed instinctually. In general, it is best to avoid bottles anyway while breastfeeding issues are going on. Unless of course any supplement is needed, and even then, there may be an alternative feeding method that would be better. You will know if supplements are needed if baby is not gaining enough.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 10:36 AM
    Yes as Mommal says, a good IBCLC appointment is a good idea now. And an IBCLC may well be able to help your with some of the physical therapy exercises for oral motor or suck re-training after the tongue/lip tie release. IBCLC's may also be able to help with scale or pump rentals if that is appropriate for you. AND perhaps also help you determine if supplementing is still necessary and if so how to go about it and help you with your supply IF supplementing is still necessary etc.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:52 AM
    He is now able to latch and transfer milk well when my supply is up like in the morning and he is not all distracted. So at least that part of the problem is finally resolved thank goodness. So now I'm just trying to up my supply enough that I can stop supplementing/pumping. My supply is so close really, just seems to be a bit out of schedule with the baby since I haven't used any formula since the 4th of July. I've been managing with supplementing with what I pump. Now that isn't as much as the Dr expects me to be supplementing (he said give him as much as he will take by bottle after nursing every time) but since I'm using the SNS that advice doesn't really seem to apply very well. And I am actually struggling to get him to take 4-5 oz of supplement per day lately even so. I am not comfortable giving much less at this point since he still doesn't seem to gain weight when I give less than that. I'm planning to do the 90 mg or 3 tablets 3 times a day when I get the full supply but that might take ten days but I'm nervous to go to that dosage until I have enough to be able to take if for a while and have a taper down quantity to make sure I don't run out and have to go cold turkey and risk the withdrawl side effects. So right now I'm just doing the 4 tablets a day. Dr Jack Newman's site actually recommends starting with the 90 mg per day and that in some cases the effect is noted in as little as 4 days but often it takes weeks and they recommend going at least 6...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 AM
    normal breastfed babies usually eat between 1-4 oz at a time and to an extent it also depends on mom's storage capacity as well as babies tummy size. It may be possible for babies to take quite large bottles but that doesn't necessarily mean then really need or even want that much at once but if they are allowed to simply suck the bottle down in one swift go without pausing, the signal that tummy is full doesn't reach the brain before the bottle is empty. Adults even do this if they eat too fast, it is easy to wind up stuffed and uncomfortable. Formula fed babies will usually start getting bigger bottles fewer times per day because formula is harder/slower to digest and because it is convenient for caregivers. As to a baby taking several 1 oz bottles in the evening, well to me that could just mean "cluster feeding" which often happens in the evenings during "fussy time" anyway. Babies don't always take the same amount at every feeding. You might want to figure out what the smallest amount baby is normally happy with when fed via paced bottle feeding and make that the normal bottle size and if baby is still hungry then the 1 oz top ups are fine.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:10 AM
    Yep, I agree that the descriptions alone could indicate either way but with the supplementing as well seems to indicate milk transfer or supply issue.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 AM
    lack of pain with a poor latch can also be from a weak/disorganized suck. I know my LO's problems were masked by early supplementing and his clamping down/poor latch didn't really start hurting me bad till I was trying to wean off the supplements and he was working harder to get the milk out and my supply was already compromised. Improving supply along with correcting tongue/lip tie and improving his oral motor skills with a therapist are the steps we have been taking.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 AM
    I agree with mommal that this may be milk from previous nursing experience, rather than milk from this pregnancy. It would be early for any milk production from the current pregnancy, and any leaking of colostrum would typically not be too much and it would be clear probably. If you think this is milk from this pregnancy, and there is a lot of it, and it appears to be mature milk, then I am not sure. I cannot find anything in my research but I do know of mothers where this indicated some hormonal issues. Since you always battled with milk production before, I wonder if there were any hormonal issues involved with that. So you might want to get clarity from your doctor if there is anything they might want to test for.
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