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  • @llli*dormir41's Avatar
    March 5th, 2015, 06:46 PM
    I am exclusively breastfeeding my 7 week old daughter and feel so lost.:cry She had a nursing strike when we first got home--I think when my milk first came in--but I was able to pump and didn't need to give formula. She accepted the breast after a day or two and we kept going. For the past several days, she has been nursing non stop, will only sleep for about 5-6 hours at night (she's slept that long at night since week 2 and the dr is not concerned); no sleep during the day unless we hold her, and seems extremely gassy. I'm re evaluating what I'm eating (I've been feeling off myself) but am worried because nursing seems nonstop, she seems unhappy more than not, and won't sleep like before (she did take at least one or two daily naps prior to this). I thought she was going through a growth spurt but it's been about a week and I'm worried I'm missing something. I called the lactation consultant today but the office is closed due to inclement weather. She has the normal amount of wet and poopy diapers and had gained at her last appointment (4 weeks=6 lbs 9 oz) from her birth weight of 5 lbs 15 oz. We swaddle at night and I tried swaddling to sleep for a nap but she wouldn't calm down. I will lay down with her to nurse but put her in her own bed to sleep as that works best for us. I was also recently prescribed progesterone only birth control. Ideas on what to do? I know she's tired and am wondering if it's my breast milk or technique that's the issue. I was...
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    March 8th, 2015, 10:57 AM
    Hi all, I am only 10 1/2 weeks post partum and exclusively breastfeed. I have never introduced formula. I do allow my husband to occasionally give my baby a feed of expressed milk to give me some nighttime rest, but this is never more than 1-2 x/week. I never go more than 5 hours without feeding (that is her longest sleep). We don't have problems with milk supply or weight gain. Then today, my period returned! And i mean it was plenty of bleeding. I can't believe it! She does use a pacifier but don't all babies? Any idea why I'm so unlucky? I'm so disappointed and now have to think about birth control which I was so hoping not to. Thanks for your responses.
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 11:16 AM
    I just took my 4 month old to his check up today and knew there were a few questions I was going to have. For the last few weeks, my LO has been very fussy during his nursing sessions. He would almost refuse the right breast and when he would nurse on the left, he would come off after about 5 minutes and be pretty fussy so I would move him over to the right side again. He would latch on for a few seconds and come off, get back on, then off getting more and more fussy each time so I thought I needed to burp him. He would scream his little head off because he was still hungry. after he burped he would be fine. well, this morning, my baby hasnt gain a single pound in 2 months! 1>> I FEEL TERRIBLE!! I have not been able to help my baby grow! 2>> doctor has advised us to give him just formula for the next 7-10 days to see if there is a gain in weight. If there is, he said that it could possibly be that my milk is not giving my baby the nutrients he needs to gain weight. Im pretty devastated over this and I am needing some advice. Im going to continue to pump (I have been pumping since going back to work when my babe turned 2 months) but I need to know if there is a way to thicken up my breast milk? My diet usually consists of oatmeal everyday, lots of lean protein, veggies, almond milk... I also take fenugreek to help with my supply. I know that pumping alone will not keep my supply where I need it to be as I have seen a significant decrease as it is. If there is...
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  • @llli*alysandrasmom's Avatar
    February 28th, 2015, 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*skyanne's Avatar
    March 3rd, 2015, 11:45 AM
    Hey yall. I mostly just need to vent I think. At her 1 month checkup DD was 7lbs 7oz and in the 5th percentile. At her 2 month checkup yesterday she was 8lbs 2oz, still in the 5th percentile according to her doctors charts. According to the WHO chart i have shes dropped to .5%, and the CDC chart says shes 2%. I offered to take her to see a LC because I have this weird feeling that something is off, like she's not transferring milk well. She told me to definitely do that because it couldn't hurt, but as long as shes still in 5% according to her charts she was fine with it, especially since she's gaining hight and head circumference and is hitting her milestones early. She wants us back in for a weight check in a month. I'm stressing so hard about this right now, I'm afraid shes not going to keep up with that 5%. On one hand her daddy is on the small end of average for a man, 5'7 and has been trying to gain weight his entire life. The army actually made him put on a few lbs before they would let him join. DS had horriblle weight gain issues too, but he had severe reflux. Poor child hardly gained anything at all until we started solids, ans now he's two years old and 50%. I think its mostly muscle weight though, because people still stop us and comment on how skinny he is. But I'm fat, so is most of my family, so you would think my kids would be pretty big too.:shrug I have an appointment with a LC tomorrow, but I'm still wigging out about it. What if the LC doesnt...
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  • @llli*katesmith's Avatar
    March 21st, 2015, 10:32 AM
    After meeting with LCs, they are concerned about my supply and are recommending bloodwork panels to check my prolactin and thyroid levels and suggesting domperidone. I am not sure it is necessary and am looking for advice. (It's long, trying to provide adequate detail). My baby is 11 days old today and was born via repeat c section as 7 lbs 7 oz. by the time we left the hospital he was at 6 lbs 8 oz and had lost 11% of his body weight and we had to supplement with formula. LCs sent me home with hospital pump, sns, and a baby they called a 'rockstar' at breastfeeding but with serious concerns about my supply. My milk came in that night (day 3?) and since then I have been pumping between .5 oz and 1.5 oz depending on whether he nursed first or not. I followed up with the LCs on Thirsday for a weighted feed and he only transferred 8 mls right side and 16 left side before falling asleep. I have to change him or remove clothes to wake him up between sides. They were very concerned about my supply and sent me home with recommendations for bloodwork to find out why my supply is so bad. They called back later to say they consulted with a nicu nurse who thought my supply isn't really that bad it's just that my son is small and not a great sucker. So on their recommendations I am pumping exusively approximately 8 times a day (yesterday I only got 6 in due to a migraine). The first 24 hours I pumped 613 mls. That was day 9 and 10. According to them I should already be producing 1000...
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  • @llli*lind3's Avatar
    March 23rd, 2015, 03:53 PM
    Hi, I have a 4 month old son who I think might be using me as a pacifier or who is comfort nursing. He has reflux and on Previcid so he throws up a lot! He is also a cat napper so only sleeps 20 minutes at a time during the day. At night after our bedtime routine he goes to sleep but then is up every hour and wanting to nurse. I know he's not hungry every hour. He will suck long enough to fall back to sleep. I have tried a pacifier, patting his back, and singing. Nothing works but the boob and by time morning comes besides being extremely sore I don't have anything left. With the reflux, cat napping and being able to get anything done because if he's not sleeping he wants to be held, I am exhausted but most of all I feel bad for my son because it's gotta be hard for him not being able to sleep for more than a hour without waking up and probably the reason why he's cranky most of the time. I sometimes feel like I made a mistake breastfeeding and I don't know what to do. Please help! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sorry this was so long
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  • @llli*glassonion91168's Avatar
    March 17th, 2015, 01:36 PM
    Hi All, I have a question about night feedings. My son is 4.5 months and he currently wakes once a night to nurse, between 2-4 AM depending on how late his bedtime feed was. He’s currently 15 pounds and my pediatrician said that he can go without night feedings. My sister however has a 5 month old that she still nurses at night and indicated to me that she continues to do so until about 9 months. I think this is more of a bonding time she has rather than her son needing the nutrition. I’m not sure what to do, as I know my son doesn’t physically need the night feed, but it does help put him back to sleep and I do think he enjoys the comfort. Otherwise, I’m rocking him in my arms to sleep for about the same amount of time. I certainly love being with him and love the bonding time, but I am losing a little sleep lately when I decide not to nurse. I don’t want him to feel emotionally separated/scarred from the lack of the night feed, but like I said, he really doesn’t need it. I’d love to hear what others have done. Thanks!
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  • @llli*shannonfbc's Avatar
    March 4th, 2015, 12:46 AM
    I have always had very thick hair. My daughter is 5 months old and my hair is coming out by the handful for about a month to the point where you can see my scalp and where each hair is growing from on the top of it.... ive been told hairloss is normal in breast feeding but this is freaking me out as i dont see women running around with babies like this? is this at all normal and if so is there anything i can do to minimize this? This is my third baby ive never had this before? is so bad people have noticed and commented on it :(
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  • @llli*babymm's Avatar
    March 9th, 2015, 12:16 PM
    I apologize in advance if this is kind of long. My daughter is 8 weeks old and was exclusively breast fed the first 2 or 3 weeks of her life. We had a rough start and my nipples became very damaged and I was in a lot of pain. We saw a lactation consultant who said her latch was good and that I was still in pain because of the initial damage that was done. she also said she thought my supply was compromised but the pediatrician disagreed since my daughter was gaining weight when she was almost a week old. There was some worry that I may not be able to breastfeed or have a good supply since I was born with tuberous breast and had 2 breast surgeries. My main problem is that we started to supplement with formula around 2 or 3 weeks old because I was in a lot of pain and starting to really hate breastfeeding so it gave me a little break but I think it really harmed my supply. I want to stop supplementing and get back to just breastfeeding because now I absolutely love it and am not in pain at all anymore. For the past 2 weeks I have been trying to nurse as often as she will do it and pump after nursing and limit the formula but I am afraid I am starving her :( she just doesn't seem completely satisfied after most feedings. Mostly at night time. she acts very frustrated with my breast and starts crying and hitting it after about 5-10 minutes. I squeeze it and there is usually still milk coming out so I don't know if she is having trouble getting it out of not. She also pulls off...
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  • @llli*bumbysmom's Avatar
    March 17th, 2015, 02:23 PM
    Since I started breastfeeding (when my baby was born, about 7 weeks ago), the skin on the underside of my breasts has been really red and a little itchy, my breasts have been a little sore, and my nipples have sometimes been having a burning sensation. When I went to my 6 week OB checkup, I asked about it and she said she didn't think it was an infection, since I don't have any flu-like symptoms, and said it was probably just the increased blood flow to the area. However, I don't have a huge amount of confidence in this particular doctor's experience with breastfeeding issues. The right side is worse than the left, and the right side also tends to get engorged if the baby does not nurse from it really regularly -- like if he takes a long nap, for example. Sometimes, when my son is nursing from the right breast, I get a sensation in my nipple that is like someone is poking a needle into it. If it's not mastitis, any thoughts on what this could be? The baby nurses about every 2 hours or so, day and night, and doesn't seem bothered, other than when the right side is really full and he has a hard time latching for the first few minutes. It's not horribly painful, but it's also not getting any better on its own. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*ccdaisy's Avatar
    March 17th, 2015, 10:35 PM
    Hi everyone, My baby was born five weeks ago (3450g). Today I took him to meet his GP. Now his weight is 4300g. My GP told me that my baby might not get enough milk from me. The problem is that my baby sleeps so well at night and I nurse him every 3 hours. He doesnt like to sleep that much at day time. But overall he sleep around 16 hours a day. Another thing is that my baby seldom cry for food. So I don't even know whether he is hungry or not? But he is active and react well. Plus, we get enought wet nappies everyday. According to my GP's advice I should give him infant formula which I really hate to do.
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  • @llli*dscaperotti's Avatar
    March 6th, 2015, 07:54 PM
    y girl nursed furiously all day long up until 1 month ago. She came down with a cold, her first one. Then she bit me while nursing one night before bed. I reacted, rather firmly, saying "no, no bite!" I quickly regretted reacting so strongly, although that's just one possible cause...so she did this a few more times, before stopping altogether. At first, she was upset when I would offer, crying, looking confused, angry, flat out not wanting them, but seeming upset about the whole thing. About a week later, I took her to the doc, because her cold was pretty bad...she had ear infections. At least that made sense, I figured she bit because of the ear pain, and would come back around...especially because that night, when she had one dose of antibiotics and some tylenol, she nursed! I was so so happy and relieved...after people were just telling me "i guess she's just done, there's nothing wrong, you did it a year, you should be happy..." I didn't want to hear that..I knew in my heart that she was not done, and that something had happened. So she nursed for a couple of days, but her latch was off, very shallow and she started biting again... by the 2nd day, she stopped nursing again. She hasn't nursed since then. I tried for a while laying there, skin to skin, bath, happy talk, inviting her, trying to explain "I want you too", even not reacting big for consequent bites, just saying no, suck, not bite...etc...tried using a teddy bear...it just becomes a playful game...
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  • @llli*luvmy.munchkins's Avatar
    March 22nd, 2015, 08:25 PM
    Hi every one. To day is DD's 1 year birthday and I am super excited to have made it so far. Originally I never imagined nursing this long. But I am so glad I did. I'm so glad to just be able to relax now with nursing. I do have one problem that I'd like some advice on. DH is super excited for the 1 year mark too becausee he wants nursing to be over. Most of the time we are on opposite schedules so he doesn't have much say during the week. But when we are home together and I nurse her he tells me I need to just let go already and she doesn't need it anymore. It's especially frustrating when it's coming to meal time and she is getting hungry and it's not ready yet, so I'll nurse her to hold her over till meal time and DH makes a stink about it. Then when she drinks lots of water he makes a comment about hoping she is getting enough fluids so she isn't getting dehydrated. (Well, what do you think BM is?!) So I'm just not sure how to handle this without an argument. I have done my research But it's hard for me to reiterate verbally what I know in my head. And even if I could he is the type that once he has something set in his mind, it will take an act if God to change it. So, after dinner tonight, we snuck off to nurse. And its like he was searching for us to see if that's what I was doing and then we snickered about it. And I just want to enjoy this stage and not have to defend it. Any thoughts?
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  • @llli*sacmd's Avatar
    March 11th, 2015, 09:09 PM
    Hi, I'm curious what people think. I have a 3 month old girl who is EBF. She grazes through the day. We have no schedule; sometimes she feeds after 3 hours and sometimes after 1 hour, and so on. I think that in a 12 hour period she probably feeds about 6-8 times (not sure). But I am getting...exhausted from nights. We don't cosleep anymore because her noisy sleeping, groaning, yelling, etc was so loud that I couldn't sleep next to her. She sleeps in her own crib. She is awake every 2-3 hours at night, sometimes more frequent, and has a hard time going back to sleep after she wakes up for feeds (this was the same when we co-slept, maybe worse). So I spend half of my own precious nighttime getting back to sleep, only to wake up 1 hour later to her again. I've hit a wall. I am utterly wrecked with exhaustion. My husband helps by taking her out in the morning at 6 am so I can sleep from 6-8, but he can't always do that because of work. I'm starting to get depressed that this is never going to get better. I'm sooooo tired. My question is this: does anyone think that spacing feeds during the day (say, encouraging her to wait for 3 hours between feeds) might help keep her asleep for longer at night? I've heard this from friends who swear by it, but I'm concerned about my milk supply. Thanks for suggestions.
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  • @llli*mjollnir's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 12:29 PM
    Hi all, my 8 week old has just suddenly developed this habit of wildly thrashing at the breast when she's tired. It only happens when she's due for a sleep, and if it happens during the day I put her in the pram or manduca and go for a walk with her and she falls asleep within about 2 minutes. But in the evenings when I can't just do that (I have another child) I don't know what to do. She screams before letdown, during letdown (if she even stays calm long enough for it to happen) and afterwards too. She pulls off, thrashes wildly and screams, legs and arms flailing. If I take her off the breast and try walking around with her in my arms in her normal favourite positions, she screams too. I don't know if it's related to breastfeeding per se, or just overtired and inability to put herself to sleep but it makes me want to stop breastfeeding and switch to formula just so I can give her over to my husband and get a break from the constant screaming. Because if he takes her now she gets even more hysterical. Any ideas?
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  • @llli*mollyg.mom's Avatar
    March 1st, 2015, 07:33 PM
    Hi all, I'm new to LLLI and wanted to get some advice and see if anyone has ever been in a similar situation. I have a 13 month old daughter who was EBF until she was almost 9 months old because she just didn't have any interest in solid foods. Now she is 13 months old and she still breast feeds a lot. I'd say probably 75% of her nutrition is from breastmilk still and she still wakes 3 or 4 times a night to nurse. I have been toying with the idea of beginning to night wean her but I worry because she still isn't eating a lot of solids and I don't want to cut down on any nutrition that she's getting. We co-sleep most of the time so it's not a huge issue for me to nurse her throughout the night but I just see so many other babies her age who are sleeping through the night and pack away table food like its nothing and I worry that I'm doing something wrong that she still nurses so much. Any advice or stories would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!!
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  • @llli*alexbell915's Avatar
    March 24th, 2015, 07:05 AM
    Hi! First I just want to say thank you to everyone on this website. A year ago I was beside myself with concern for possibly not making it through even three months of breastfeeding. However, with the help of le leche league meetings and this forum, I gained the strength and confidence to persevere. We made it! LO is 15 months now and we're still going strong! Sleep, on the other hand, or lack thereof, is making me delirious and angry. My son nurses to sleep and then is up at least every hour or two to nurse. We co-sleep. Sometimes he goes right back to sleep. However, between 12-2am he just launches from side to side not going back down. Last night I got so upset I took him to his dad and he slept with him for awhile. I haven't gotten more than a three hour stretch of sleep since he's been born. I'm very sensitive to breastfeeding because of all the troubles we had in the beginning so I feel like I have to keep up with his nursing. I really want to make it to 18 months now. Does anyone have any advice? I'm not going to put him in a crib and let him scream. But anything else? I actually already tried that for three days and he screamed for hours until he threw up. Not fun. I read "the no cry sleep solution" and it helped a little, but I have one strong willed kid. I should add that he's a great eater and we have a very healthy diet.
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  • @llli*bbmomma's Avatar
    February 27th, 2015, 03:22 PM
    Hi ladies. I have a little man who will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and he has yet to reach his birth weight again. He was 6lbs 11oz at birth, proceeded to do huge black sticky poops (I think there were 8 in the first 24 hours) and went down to 6lbs 1oz. Hospital made me 'top him up with formula' after I'd bfed him to see if it would help him put on weight faster, but after I protested and said I would rather he have my ebm they agreed and let me do it that way. Now, my LO has been mostly asleep since he was born. Only in the past three days has he had 'waking' periods of 5 or 6 minutes before he goes back to sleep again. He has cried three times since birth and if he wants feeding he only whimpers or goes 'eh, eh'. I'm atuned to these cues and will feed him when he asks, but generally I have to wake him up to do so as he lets it go for hours other wise. The longest he has left it between feeds is a good 5 hours, which isn't helping him gain that weight back and is making my midwives uneasy about it. They want me to feed him every three hours, and I want to feed on demand.. but if I do it on demand, he'll never put on weight! How do we get over the sleeping baby thing?? It's frustrating because I've got to literally strip him down to his nappy, pop him on his belly and rub his back to get him to wake up enough to feed! He's on the breast for about 15 minutes and then refuses to latch any further after pulling himself off. I've got a very good let down reflex (I can feel...
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  • @llli*jswan14's Avatar
    March 26th, 2015, 03:38 PM
    My son is 6 weeks old. He is currently breastfed 7-8times per day and generally sleeps one long stretch during the night (eats at 9:30p sleeps until 3:30). Doctor has my giving him an additional 1 oz breast milk supplement after feedings when he is still hungry, so I have been pumping approx 6x per day after feedings. My typical yield for the day has been 7 oz. Inexplicably yesterday I began noticing a decrease in pumping output and have dropped my output by about half- I am now getting half an ounce total from both breasts for the last few sessions. Even my 3am session was under half an ounce! Additionally, my little guy has been getting fussy at the breast and not eating very effectively. I have recently been weaning him from the nipple shield (he has a poor latch), so that might be part of it, but he also won't nurse well with it. Finally, my breasts just don't feel full anymore. This has all happened overnight (no changes in diet, water intakes, and I have been taking my fenugreek and eating oatmeal) so I am quite afraid that it is because my period is beginning. Is there another explanation? Thank you!
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  • @llli*pr2000's Avatar
    March 11th, 2015, 09:22 PM
    Hi all, My baby is 5 months old today, and is a tiny guy. He was born at 6 lbs 11 oz, and has since consistently been in the 7th-10th percentile at every check up. I have had milk supply issues but that is not a reason for his being small as I have a freezer stash, and still manage to freeze 8-12 oz every week. He gets about 3-4 bottles when I am at work (8-5:30 pm) but will only take 2.5-3 oz at the most. He does nurse a couple of times after I am back, and has a 3 oz bottle before bed (10 pm or so). We just weighed him and he is now in the 6th percentile. I am still using Breastflow bottles with the Stage 1 (newborn-size/slow flow) nipple, as my lactation consultant had said that was the best option to be able to continue breastfeeding. So I am wondering if changing nipple size and moving up to a faster flow nipple would enable to extract more milk efficiently, and help him put on some weight? I understand some of this is genetic (both my husband and I are on the smaller side), but our daughter used to take 4 oz bottles, and was always at least in the 30th-40th percentile. I don't want him to stop breastfeeding, but am worried that by keeping him on the Stage 1 nipple in order to be able to continue breastfeeding, I am preventing him from putting on weight. Other info - he has never used a pacifier, we co-sleep, and he is comfortable with the bottle. Thanks in advance for your insights and advice.
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  • @llli*littlenash's Avatar
    March 24th, 2015, 09:13 AM
    Hello! I am new to the site and am reposting this as advised in a new thread and can hopefully get even more great advice. I am desperate to get off supplementing and doubt i ever even needed it. My son is 6 weeks now and was born 8lbs 13oz and dropped 12oz right after but i think it was water weight from the induction fluids. He was a very sleepy/lazy eater from the start and the nurse gave me a nipple shield because he had a shallow latch. I have since managed to get him off that (thanks to the LLL meeting i went to) but the pediatrician (who we saw the day after leaving the hospital!) said he lost too much weight and we should supplement 1-2oz after every feeding and gave us 4 cans of formula to take home. Now after doing more research and attending that LLL meeting i realize that everything so far has only served to hurt my supply. I have drastically reduced my supplementing and am breastfeeding constantly to get my supply up but i still have one huge hurtle left: my husband. He is constantly pushing formula on our son. He interprets every hand sucking and fussy squirm as a sign of hunger to the point of starvation. Plus he thinks since the doctor said to supplement it must be necessary. Dont get me wrong he is SUPER supportive of my breastfeeding but he also panics when the baby fusses and jumps to giving him formula because he knows it calms him down and i havent been able to pump any extra breastmilk since im always giving hubby what i do manage to pump to keep the...
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  • @llli*fes's Avatar
    March 5th, 2015, 03:59 PM
    I am a new mom to a 7 week old whom I am EBF. I am wondering if anyone can offer some advice for leaving the house. The few times we have left the house, we nurse and change diaper before leaving and nurse whenever we get where we are going/before we leave where we are. So far it has been working out, but we had kind of a disastrous car ride home from my in-laws the other night when DS screamed bloody murder (first time he has ever cried so hard, like he was going to burst a lung) and I promptly pulled over into a parking lot to nurse him back to sleep before driving the 15 minutes home (even though I nursed him before we left their house, I think he missed a meal or two while we were there, because my MIL seems to like to stall our on-demand feedings, as she is reluctant to give him back to me, but that topic is for another post). Anyway, the experience prompted me to think about other ways in which he can be soothed if I can't nurse and "know" he is full. We do not have a pacifier, because when he wants to suck, I just figure I'd rather give him the boob, and we don't have any bottles, because I haven't started pumping yet (I go back to work in 9 weeks). How do you manage this when you're trying to get somewhere? Eventually he will be able to go longer stretches without needing to nurse? Should I just keep pulling over until that happens, within reason? Should I introduce a pacifier, just for these emergencies like car rides (I read this article...
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  • @llli*artichokes's Avatar
    March 11th, 2015, 10:06 PM
    My daughter has just turned 6 weeks old, and we have had bf problems from the start. I've posted twice before on the forums, but a brief summary of what happened is this: we had painful latch problems when she was born, which my LC thinks caused vasospasming. Her frenulum was corrected and craniosacral therapy corrected her suck and chomping, but I still had lots of residual pain. Despite frequent (8-12 times a day) pumping, I also have supply issues, possibly due to low progesterone levels, but also probably due to pain. I am taking every supplement ever suggested for lactation, and although my doctor wrote me a script for domperidone, there are no compounding pharmacies willing to fill it. I currently pump and bf with a nipple shield, but need to supplement with formula 2-5 times a day, depending on her hunger cues. Now I have developed mastitis, which is adding to the pain from pumping. Part of me thinks that if I have come this far, I should just see this through and eventually it will get better. The other part says that for 6 weeks I have been in pain and although things sometimes get marginally better, they won't ever really improve significantly or for very long. I have seen many lcs, including the most highly respected on in my area. Any advice about when it's time to quit? I know that this question is highly subjective, but any insight would be appreciated.
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  • @llli*colomom27's Avatar
    March 14th, 2015, 05:07 PM
    Hello Everybody, I'm currently nursing my almost 17 month old daughter. She's my only baby and I'm at a loss for how a lot of this works. When I asked her pediatrician how much water I need to give her (she nurses on demand 24/7) she basically scolded me for still breastfeeding. Now I've been giving her sips of water throughout the day, but it seems like that's all she wants. She likes drinking milk and water from a cup but now fights me and shakes her head "no" when I try to nurse her. I think she'd go all day and not want to nurse. If I push it, she has a total melt down. Is this self weaning? How much water should I offer? How often are other moms nursing at 17 months? I'm feel pretty in the dark. :confused:
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