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  • @llli*greatestjoy's Avatar
    Today, 06:16 PM
    I have been following your thread, and my heart just aches for you. Truly. I don't have all the answers, but I have at least some thoughts for you. 1. Did you double and triple check on a different infant scale to make sure the weight is correct? 2. See #1 3. See #1 4. Even if you choose to supplement with formula, there is NO REASON under the sun to stop providing your child with some breastmilk. 30%, 50%, 70% breastfed are all better than 0%. Like others have said, unless your child has a rare metabolic disorder that makes breastmilk dangerous, you should provide milk, even if it is in pumped form. Also, breastmilk is more calorie rich so... makes no sense to eliminate this from baby's diet. 5. Foremilk, shmoremilk. Please do not be caught up in this, just ignore that the words foremilk and hindmilk even exist. Really. Even if a baby were to drink all foremilk for 2 months, they are not going to gain zero ounces in this time. Your baby is not getting getting enough VOLUME of milk in. 6. Could be medical, has your doctor run any tests? 7. If you start bottle feeding baby more, please nurse baby a couple times a day, so baby doesn't forget. You don't want to make your supply zero. Use the instant reward methods others have advocated, so that baby doesn't have to wait for a letdown.
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  • @llli*mamamx2015's Avatar
    Today, 05:54 PM
    i am wondering if any moms who have used a syringe/tube (fine tube lies along nipple to deliver milk) to feed baby extra milk while baby actively sucking at breast, as a way to stimulate milk production. i need tips. when i press it along areola the tip pops up and pokes him. my milk production is low. i have tried everything, but baby not gaining at 2 weeks (birth weight 7#2, now 6#11) his behaviour is reassuring. he is healthy, strong, alert, eager to nurse, strong suck (but not for long), good colour, lots of wet diapers, skin to skin all the time, good latch, strong suck (but not for long)offer whenever he wants it, wakes self every 2-3 hours to nurse. content after. i am putting him to breast for 15 minutes. he sucks sporadically. then feed (while still sucking) 2 ounces my milk and doner milk. he is content after. my concern is he seems to be sucking less vigorously when he is getting milk easily with the tube. i don't know if he is getting lazy. he is so alert. i am only expressing (double electric pump)and i worry this will not stimulate my own production. another concern is he favours one breast and fights going on the other. he grabs at the breast, seriously strong, his hands getting in the way. i have tried swaddling, but i feel he is using his hands to locate and stimulate the breast. i guess what i am really saying is i am not making enough milk to feed my baby. i only express 1 ounce at each feed. i am frustrated and worried . i need to hear success...
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  • @llli*v0mich01's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 PM
    So I went back to work this past Monday. My 9 wo eats about every three hours, so I nurse at 6, pump at 7, he takes a bottle a nine, I pump at 12, he takes his second bottle, then I'm back to him by his next nursing session. Monday I left two four ounces bottles. He gobbled them up and seemed angry when he finished. So Tuesday I left 4.5 ounce bottles, he drank them and was angry when he finished. So today I left 5 ounce bottles. He ate then, and acted like he'd eat more. He currently nurses 6a, bottles at 9a, and noon, then he'll nurse at 3,5,7, and 10, and usually has one night waking where he eats.
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  • @llli*skyanne's Avatar
    Today, 04:55 PM
    Thanks guys. :) I met with the LC today. We weighed LO before, during, and after the feed. She only took in 1 oz..... and the LC has no idea why. Latch was great, no tongue tie, I'm producing more than enough milk.... she even said she was surprised how low it was from listening to her swallow. So now I'm at a loss as to what to do...... :confused:
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  • @llli*whitbymom's Avatar
    Today, 04:15 PM
    Yeah, I have gone bald myself. The thyroid check is a good idea - I had low thyroid function throughout my pregnancy and am now on medication. It helps! I used to think I was lazy...turns out hypothyroidism was responsible for my exhaustion and lethargy, too! My hair loss bothered me so much I picked up a wig and had it styled like my own hair. I wear it when I have to go out. You can try that if you're feeling self-conscious :)
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  • @llli*whitbymom's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 PM
    Hi there - just chiming in to let you know you're not alone. My lil guy started with separation anxiety at 5 months. If I leave his sight he starts wailing. Strangely, it's gotten a little better with sleep training. I slept on a single bed in the baby's room while he slept in his crib -- or more often in my arms in the feeding/easy chair up until last week. Now, his dad shares the night time checks and feeds him his cereal in the mornings (I was starting to see things from lack of sleep! lol) Now the little guy is reaching for Dad at times and tolerates my absence for short periods as long as his dad is there. We're also working on getting the baby to bond with a stuffed animal; we hope that will help, too.
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  • @llli*whitbymom's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 PM
    Hi all, I've just been to the family doctor for a baby check and 6 month vaccinations (a little late due to doctor holidays at Christmas.) My son was 6 lbs at birth. He gained steadily through the first 5 months but stayed in the 10th percentile for weight - to 14 pounds. At his 6 month well-baby he'd only gained 1 pound. This month he gained nothing, remaining at 15 pounds - that puts him in the 4th percentile. He did shoot up 2 inches (from 26 to 28 inches) and popped out 4 teeth this month, though. He's a happy, healthy acting boy. He has one poop, and 6 or more wet diapers per day. He feeds often - I work from home, so I feed him on demand every 2 hours or so. I think he's getting 4 ounces every 4 hours (based on those rare times I bottle feed, he seems to get full at 2 ounces in.) We started solids at the end of 5 months. He loves it. He eats the equivalent of a whole jar of baby food at breakfast and dinner. Iron fortified cereal and fruit in the mornings, meat and veggie at dinner.
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  • @llli*american.honey's Avatar
    Today, 03:42 PM
    Sorry ladies for the late response. I appreciate your concerns and efforts to write and share ideas. Yes, we have spoken millions of times it seems. I've been married so long it seems like it never gets better. We've literaly been threw it all and it's been a tough struggle to be in. I am a person of faith and hope, but I've come to realize OKAY, this isn't going to work. I am very well aware kids do add strain to a marriage its part of being parents however, I truly believe if you can work through it as a team and communicate (big key) you will be fine. Something we have never had, COMMUNICATION. I do appreciate both you ladies giving me some advice and letting me vent. It sometimes gets very lonely and it's nice to share and receive. I do understand toddlers switch preferences from mom to dad. However, I believe I am just more sensitive to the situation as things are awkward. I know my baby girl loves mama beyond the moon and the stars. I guess i am just allowing my insecurities get the best of me right now. She does love being with dad, I guess I can be thankful for my BP essing and stop stressing over non-sense. She only has eyes for daddy and brother. They are here 2 favorite men In the whole world. I just wish we were in a different place after so many years it's tiring and exhuasting to be back to square one. I've come to realize so much of how different we are. Stress is never fun or healthy. Anxiety can seriously become an issue in your health and I do...
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  • @llli*jmbl714's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 PM
    Hi mamas... I have an almost 7 month old who we co sleep with, and 90% of the time sleeps in my arms for naptime. I love co sleeping and it hasn't been too much of an issue for us. I try to lay him down for a nap so I don't have to hold him, but he immediately wakes up and is upset, but I don't mind it too much to have him in my arms. Our main issue is that he will only be comforted by me for bedtime and then only fall asleep on me while breastfeeding. If I am out to dinner with friends and come home a little late, my little guy is always screaming and refusing my hubby's cuddles. Get him into my arms, and he immediately stops crying. I can tell how frustrating that is for hubby, and I feel really guilty. My hubby tries to cuddle him and plays with him a lot once he gets home from work to get lots of bonding time in. It also makes it tough for us to imagine having him have sleepovers with grandparents (who don't believe in co sleeping.) so that we can have "alone time". Any advice or similar experiences? Are we just going to have to deal with this until he grows out of that need for me at bedtime? When did other co sleeping babies go out on sleepovers with relatives, and how did they manage?
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 PM
    Thawingsnow, I think you want a you want a standard thyroid panel which should include TSH, T3, and T4 levels. Maybe one other thing? I can't remember! :duck It is definitely true that you may not feel or function normally despite having lab results that are in the normal range! This is especially true if your lab results suggest that you are at the top or bottom of the normal range. Some people will feel fine with (for example) a 0.7 TSH. And others will feel terrible at the exact same level! So if your results were at the top or bottom of the range, I think it's probably a good idea to ask for a repeat thyroid panel, especially because you feel like you are continuing to have suggestive symptoms. ETA: Don't be afraid to DEMAND the tests you think you need, or a referral to a different doctor. If you have significant family history of endocrine disorders, I think it's a good idea to see an endocrinologist. Family practice docs and OB/gyns are- in my experience- somewhat dismissive of thyroid disorders because they don't like treating people based on "feelings". If the lab results say you're fine, they usually feel done, and they send you off with a pat on the head and a "See you in a year!"
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    :ita 100% with MaddieB's excellent advice!
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  • @llli*maddieb's Avatar
    Today, 12:53 PM
    I think it is valid in general but you need to adjust as feels right for you. The typical instruction when block nursing is to go by how you feel. If you are feeling too engorged and it is causing problems, that means you want to block for shorter amount of time. or hand express to get comfort, or, as a last resort, pump, but just enough to get comfort. But I would questions whether block nursing is needed at all. Yes I think all that pumping was a terrible suggestion and led to an overabundant production. But Spit up is normal. Spit up alone is not a good reason to block nurse. Pumping 8 ounces is a lot, but again, is not necessarily a reason to block feed. Over-abundant production is common and many moms and babies deal with it just fine until that point milk production calms on its own, without resorting to block feeding, which, as you have found, comes with its own set of potential issues. I an not saying do not block feed, I am just suggesting that there may be other options. The way I have always dealt with over abundant production is to nurse as frequently as baby would, which sometimes even meant waking baby to nurse, letting baby decide if baby wants one or two side each session, and 'starting' with whatever side felt more full. When my babies did not like a super fast flow I would nurse in a leaning back position as well. Two good articles on block nursing: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding and http://cwgenna.com/blockfeeding.html
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  • @llli*isabelofmtl's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    Yeah, i hear you. I did all those things too when I was trying to get AF back. And none of them worked. I got it back at 22 months pp, but I did not wean before that. I had nighweaned by 18 mos. It just came back, I guess when it was good and ready, lol. You might not have to wean, since you say you don't want to, but unfortunately, short of repeating those hit or miss tricks, this might be totally out of your control. I was 37 when I had my first (having #2 at 40) and mother nature didn't seem to care that I was running out of time ;)
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    Today, 12:10 PM
    shannonfbc, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this hair issue! My baby is about 11 months old, and I'm dealing with much more hair loss recently, quite a bit of hair losss. I know that there is postpartum hair loss that can happen within the first year, but I am also, like you, wondering how normal my own hair loss is. I'm brushing out quite a lot. I hope you get the answers you are looking for! mommal, do you have any recommendations on what to ask your doctor to look for specifically when testing for thyroiditis or diagnosing it? It's my understanding that sometimes it can appear that your blood work is normal, because it falls within the standardized range in blood testing. However, it can still be lower than what is considered a functional range. http://chriskresser.com/5-thyroid-patterns-that-wont-show-up-on-standard-lab-tests I had my thyroid tested months ago when my baby was about 4 months old, because I suspected, based on my symptoms, that something might be off with my thyroid. It came back within the standardized range, but it was definitely lower than what is considered a functional level. I was on the low end of normal. Now my hair is seriously falling out, and I'm thinking about getting tested again. However, I wonder if they will just consider this normal again, despite my symptoms, medical history, and family medical history. Thank you for any help you offer!
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  • @llli*jmparker54's Avatar
    Today, 11:59 AM
    My doctor suggested early on to pump after feedings to signal more milk production. Once my milk was in she advised to alternate pumping and nursing each side to provide nipple pain relief. Baby is two weeks old tomorrow and latches great and eats great. Two days ago she spit up the milk twice out of 9 or so feedings, yesterday spit up 3 times of 9 or so feedings. When I pumped before bed I realized I was producing 4oz per side! So I assumed oversupply and read about blocking. For the night I onyl nursed from the R side and woke up to pump the L and only got an ounce. The L is extremely engorged and baby has been nursing that side during the day today. Called lactation and they advised to stop pumping, nurse L mainly but throw in R for a bit each time to prevent awful engorgement on that side too. They said its going to just be a tough 24 hours until my body readjusts to milk supply. Does all this seem valid and the right direction? I'm worried about clogged ducts, baby not getting enough from the R, discomfort,etc. I see lactation tonight but would like others opinions that have been through this.
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