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  • @llli*vf's Avatar
    Today, 09:33 PM
    To Karen: Thanks for separating it into a new thread! -- Apparently, I am not the only one who has this problem due to the vaccine: http://community.babycenter.com/post/a24726875/rotovirus_vaccine_and_blood_in_stool. Our babies are like guinea pigs, all sorts of vaccines are being tested on them. It breaks my heart seeing him how he is suffering because of this vaccine :cry I know that diseases that these vaccines are against are much more scary and dangerous. But, as it was with polio -- they only replaced the live oral vaccine with an injectable one after so many children got paralysis because of it (I have a good friend whose daughter has hemiparesis of one leg because of the live polio vaccine). They already cancelled one type of rotavirus vaccine because of the intussusception it was causing. Today, I saw the infectionist again, because of the blood in the stool. She kept insisting that this is not caused by the vaccine and that it is something in my food. The way doctors are ignoring things like these is appalling! My baby cried a lot yesterday and today, had only really green stool, consisting of mucus and blood spots only, and very small quantities (a spoonful every time). He had fever (38.5) in the rectum for which was prescribed Tempra. The infectionist was searching for an year infection and while trying to scrub something out from my baby's ear she made him crying inconsolably from pain for about 2 hours :cry :mad:. Why would she "do her job" when it...
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 08:08 PM
    Out of curiosity how long did it take for your supply to match up with what your LO would drink in a day? Right now my daughter is taking 350mL expressed breastmilk via bottle in addition to attempts at breastfeeding with every feed. I pump after almost every feed, I skip every once in awhile to catch some sleep. I'm getting about 300mL. Thankfully while she was in the NICU I was able to build up a freezer stash, but that stash is being depleted. I fell behind what she was getting daily about a month ago. I've managed to increase my daily production a bit, but its hard to say how much since I've gone from almost exclusively pumping to breastfeeding and pumping. What that long explanation was leading up to was how long did it take for you to match what your little one drank? I'm doing everything I can to increase supply; oatmeal, More Milk Special Blend, pumping round the clock, drinking constantly. I'm getting my prolactin and thyroid levels checked tomorrow. If my prolactin is low will look into domperidone. I'm just impatient, its been a long four months.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 PM
    Well this sounds like a big improvement to me as far as feeding-by improvement I mean, in the sense that baby is moving toward more nursing and less bottles... Does it feel that way to you? It is certainly normal for some feedings to be shorter and more nibbly than others...by that I mean, in many cases, even babies who are getting all their milk at the breast also will nurse that way. The IBCLC might suggest a weighted feed. These can be helpful in figuring out milk transfer, just remember they only indicate what happens at the one nursing session. In pump output, vs. what your baby took in a bottle, you are perhaps behind. That does NOT necessarily mean you actually are 'behind' in milk production.
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 PM
    What kind of positioning have you tried? Is baby nursing frequently? Are you leaking or feeling more full than previously? Are you engorged at all, or pumping a lot? Full breasts are sometimes harder to latch onto, and if the areola is swollen due to engorgement or pumping, that can sometimes cause latch issues also, when milk drips, some babies try to lick rather than latch....
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 07:28 PM
    Hi. So, the quick answer is no, it is certainly NOT too late to breastfeed. It is also not too late to increase milk production. In fact, milk production normally increases for the first several weeks anyway, even when there are no breastfeeding problems, mom is making 'enough' milk, and baby is not being supplemented. "Full" milk production is typically reached around 4-6 weeks. Of course, milk production can still be increased after that point, but the earlier attempts to increase milk production occur, the better. Also, even in the rare case a mother never makes enough milk to exclusively breastfeed her baby, she can still breastfeed while also supplementing. When you say you are supplementing with formula now, what do you mean? Is baby nursing at all? (if so, how many times a day?) Are you pumping at all? (if so, how many times a day?) How much "supplement' is baby getting each day and how much is formula and how much (if any) your own milk in a bottle? can you give us your baby's complete weight check history including the date when formula was introduced? Did anyone every try to help you figure out why baby was not gaining normally (if baby is not getting enough milk, this has many possible causes) Have you seen or are you able to see a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) or other breastfeeding helper for a breastfeeding assessment? If you have seen someone, are you following any particular plan for increasing milk production or helping baby...
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  • @llli*usafreat's Avatar
    Today, 07:13 PM
    Today my hubs took the baby in for a check up to our original ped who has been absent for months and for once a doctor said the same thing I think...since she's bf no need for dairy. That was nice to hear. I think I may start a cup so she can understand it with a meal but I'm still concerned about reducing her desire to nurse after her meals. We'll see....
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:06 PM
    Are bottles being given with paced bottle feeding techniques? If bottles are made too easy it can be hard to get baby back to the breast. Is baby also using paci?
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 PM
    Start your own thread since there are many here that have been in a similar boat and answering might be more appropriate in a different thread. If your LO has always been below the 15th percentile then I doubt there would be much comment, If she has been dropping percentiles then the Docs will likely comment and you might want to figure out why.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:56 PM
    Ah who needs pants when they are 4 months old? Of course I live in FL so an infant can live kinda clothing optional much of the time here.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 PM
    You might want to look into some physical therapy with that tongue, see if your LC can teach you the tongue walk and see if she knows any other suck training exercises or if she can refer you to someone who does oral motor therapy with infants. (Some speech pathologists or occupational therapists do this kind of therapy.) You might try finger feeding and then when he has the suck down right, switch to breast.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    Are there ever nights when it isn't happening so much? You might want to keep a food diary since gassy isn't necessarily related to an "allergy" in mom's diet but still possibly to something you eat. I know of moms who say their babies have issues when they eat tomato or broccoli or something else. How is the gas during the day? How does nursing feel? Does baby have issues with maintaining suction or swallowing or choking while nursing? Sometimes babies with tongue or lip ties get a lot of air while nursing but if mom has oversupply and OALD the tongue or lip ties might not be diagnosed early because baby may be getting plenty of milk and not hurting mom while getting it.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 PM
    Exhaustion can play a huge roll in sex drive. I expect just taking care of a baby with all the demands on your time and stress of well, whatever stresses you out can put a huge dent in your sex drive. I personally haven't found the breastfeeding to be what hinders my sex drive, it has more to do with getting a baby who is used to constant contact to stay asleep in his crib for long enough for daddy and I to have some time alone.
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  • @llli*anaduralia's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 PM
    So, I don't have any experience in this... (tandem feeding a babies of different ages though I tandem fed my twins. I also have no experience reintroducing the breast successfully). I have heard other people had their older toddlers go back to nursing after a sibling was born, but they were older. For one so young... would he forget how to nurse effectively? His sib might help him get a let down perhaps if you did tandem nursing. Also, you could show him the baby nursing and see if he wants to try. I'll warn you, I am a bit biased on the breastfeeding topic. My opinion is that it is beneficial emotionally and nutrition wise untill they are ready to stop :-) But others have stopped earlier than 12 months, no problem. My milk supply also dried up during pregnancy. I let my toddlers dry nurse for a while after and then cut down the feedings using the don't ask, don't refuse method. They didn't complain about it. Only my second asked for mommy milk a month after she weaned. I told her it was all gone and she wasn't upset about it. I didn't try to keep her on because I felt nervous about nursing 3 (!) since I was pregnant with twins.
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  • @llli*bean161's Avatar
    Today, 05:03 PM
    I'm sorry you're experiencing it especially since the breastfeeding has been so rewarding for you! Hopefully as you said with the return of your cycle things will improve and yes, new lingerie is always fun!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 PM
    Colic from 12-5, but baby is asleep? I am trying to imagine what is going on and I am not sure what this means. Colic usually means sustained crying. How is poop frequency, and what do they look like? Do you mean lower intestinal gas, or upper? (Burbs or toots?) Does baby burping or tooting help with the pain or does it continue? Have you considered if reflux is going on?
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  • @llli*noodles610's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    Good to know. Thanks!
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 PM
    I sympathize but I am also glad to see it's not only me. My husband is also an angel and never pressures me or anything, but I for myself am not happy about how it all changed. It makes me feel way older than I am (in my 20s). I do have a few tips that work like a bandaid but they don't help the core of the issue. Buying new lingerie usually helps for me :)
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  • @llli*bean161's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    I don't post on here very often but I was kind of glad to read your post, ruchiccio. I am also experiencing extremely low libido (for me) since EBF my 10 month old son. I have the vaginal dryness and itching, and I have also had to use KY for the first time. Often I wonder what happened to "me?!" My DH has been extremely understanding. We have not been intimate more that a handful of times since DS was born. We are planning a few date nights and I am hoping that will help, because I do feel like if we don't do something our marriage will begin to suffer, if it isn't already. Sorry I don't have better advice!
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  • @llli*crispyrn23's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    Hello. My LO is now 16 days old, we had trouble breastfeeding early on due to my inverted nipples so we've been using a nipple shield. He also had some jaundice so we were supplementing formula via spoon feeding and once my milk came in, we supplemented my pumped milk with syringe/feeding tube via finger feeding. He also had some tongue tied and it got snipped about 5 days ago. Coincidentally that day, he started latching on without the nipple shield for about 50% of feedings. However, starting 2 days ago, we've had a very difficult time latching on at most of the feedings. He won't latch with or without shield. His mouth opens not that wide and it looks as if he's pushing nipple away with his tongue. It's like he discovered new found freedom of thrusting his tongue upwards. Any similar experiences or ideas why the sudden difficulty latching on? He's still under birth weight at this point so priority is to feed him. We've been working with a LC but appt is not for a few days. Thanks!!!
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 PM
    Thank you for all the advice. We are seeing one of the lactation consultants who worked with me in NICU on Friday. And then on Monday we have an appointment to have her lip tie taken care of and to get a second opinion on the possible posterior tongue tie. Started breastfeeding at every feed and its going okay. Sometimes she'll latch on and suckle for 10 to 15 minutes, other times she'll only nibble for a couple minutes before fussing. I thin she still isn't transferring a good amount of milk, although the number of swallows I'm hearing are increasing. The amount she takes in the bottle after breastfeeding varies, from the full feed to only half, but usually she leaves at least 10mL in the bottle. My pumping output has decreased but I am breastfeeding a lot more, I'm pumping about 320mL per day now. Yesterday according to what I recorded in my Feed Baby app she took 350mL by bottle and I pumped 300mL. So supply wise I'm only behind by one feed amount. I decided that I'm going to keep pumping until she is 6 months old (she's 15 weeks today). In January I'll reevaluate, maybe we'll be exclusively breastfeeding, maybe it will be time to put away the pump.
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  • @llli*ruchiccio's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 PM
    Ok but I'm pretty sure it's from the nursing because I have the other aspects of this hormonal difference, such as the vaginal dryness (I never had to use KY until I was breastfeeding), difference in discharge, etc. I am also hoping that with the return of my period (which happened 2 weeks ago), things will start becoming a bit better.
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  • @llli*liz.g.autry's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Don't be discouraged! PP is right to suggest seeing a lactation consultant. They should be able to help you with latching, a good one should know lots of tricks to help with "flat" nipples. Like you I'm also struggling with a preemie who prefers bottle to breast. And part of that is that we're having trouble with latching, but I still try to get her to nurse at every feed, even if its only for a few minutes. Here are a few tricks I've found help with her. I use two pieces of paper tape to secure the nipple shield, so when she's waving her hands around she doesn't knock it flying. Also if she's acting frustrated at the breast (bobbing on and off, pulling) and is unwilling suckle long enough to get my milk flowing, I will offer the bottle and let her take about half the amount. Then once her hungers been sated a bit she's usually more patient and is more willing to try. And I started using the football hold instead of the cross-cradle hold and that has enabled us to get a better latch, although its still not great. Keep trying, but also give yourself some breathing room. If right now you find breastfeeding too frustrating, it is possible to go and try again later. Having a frustrated momma is not going to help your son breastfeed. When my daughter first came home a month ago, we were only breastfeeding twice a day, then after a bit bumped it to five times and as of Sunday we're doing it at every feed. She's still taking most of her feed via the bottle, but sometimes...
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  • @llli*asemenau's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 PM
    My baby just turned 3mo and has had since 1 mo a lot of gas, I have OS and oald but I have been able to control it, except now my baby sleeps worse than before. He seems very gassy at night and has "colics" from midnight till 5am, he is asleep most of the time and nursing him more often is not helping either. I burp him thoroughly so there are less chances of gas. I already eliminated milk and eat a very healthy homemade diet, I feel desperate.since I don't get enough sleep.and I was hoping that by 3mo his issues would ameliorate not worsen. I don't know what else to do, thanks
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  • @llli*zaynethepain's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 PM
    Well done and well said! My oldest turned three in June and though our nursing relationship has soured a bit on my end, it is a beautiful experience to share with him. He rushes to his preschool classroom every morning with barely a goodbye, despite the many claims that I was making him dependant. He's always loved solids with probably 25% of his diet coming from them by a year. Yet he still nurses 6-10 times a day. He was beginning to sleep through a few nights a week but i had a few brushes with mastitis so I've been dream feeding him once a night. I've found he sleeps in later and I'm up with the baby anyway. Our kids are growing up too fast!
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 PM
    I had a very difficult time with pants for my child when she was an infant. She was too big for the infant sizes, but almost all toddler sized pants were just longer and LEANER, which is not what we needed! Ultimately, I had the most success with widely cut fabrics that had a lot of stretch. Any sort of structured fabric pants, particularly jeans, were not an option for us in the first year. It was not any particular store that supplied them--I just had to go handle the pants myself and find 24 month/2T pants that were wide and stretchy.
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 PM
    I think it is very hard to know for sure if your low libido is 100% due to breastfeeding. What I mean to say is, yes, the decreased estrogen levels of a nursing mother may be associated with a decrease in libido (or vaginal dryness, etc.). But I know a tremendous number of non-nursing mothers who have a very low sex drive at 1 year post-partum, because everything ELSE associated with having a new child can also be a pretty big drain on this part of life, as well. Conversely, I know plenty of nursing moms who experienced NO problems whatsoever with their sex drive. So I would just caution against assuming that your nursing relationship is the single, solitary factor affecting this for you. I imagine that every couple handles this issue in a different way, and hopefully some of the moms who have experienced this and really wanted to work to change their frequency chime in. I have some mom friends who swear that just actively making the effort to be intimate for a period of time was all that it took to reignite the fires again. I can only speak to my own experience, which is that my libido has been low since the birth of my child (who is now 23 months old), but this is actually not a bad thing in my marriage because my husband has a very low libido due to a medication he needs to take. So right now, this is actually working out pretty well for the both of us! :lol
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