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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 09:33 AM
    Offering to feed at every little fuss isn't as big a problem as if they are not doing paced bottle feeding or if they are pushing him to finish the bottles. At least if you send small bottles and small top ups, they have to pause to top up the bottle. If you are sending large bottles and they don't do paced bottle feeding he can easily wind up over eating and it can become very hard for you to keep up with supplying the bottles and he may also not be as interested in eating when you are together which makes it even more difficult to keep up your supply.
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  • @llli*mommal's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 AM
    :ita with the PP's suggestion to get a wrap or other carrier- to me, it sounds like your baby just doesn't want to be put down, which is a normal and healthy baby behavior that happens to drive a lot of moms absolutely bonkers. With a carrier, baby could be on you with you having to be pinned to the couch. Breast compressions might help your baby stay active at the breast for longer: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-BC
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 09:24 AM
    So how many times a 24 hour days is baby nursing now? Also, how many times do you pump each day? what type of pump? Pump output is not an accurate measure of production. I don't know metric, so mils and grams, I really can't follow. So if anyone can convert to ounces I would appreciate it. Basically, this is what I see. What am I missing? Baby gained fine and all was well until you started block nursing. Block nursing reduced your production. But baby continued to gain well even so. You got mastitis. Any idea what led to the mastitis?
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  • @llli*carla1331's Avatar
    Today, 09:09 AM
    my job only allows 6 weeks from the date baby is born....... so i pump while at work... I wish i could be home!!
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 AM
    Hi. Newborns tend to sleep a lot. this is usually normal, but sometimes indicates a problem. Some babies sleep longer during the day and are up more frequently at night. This is normal at this age, and, as long as baby is eating often and getting enough milk, not a problem. Nursing duration also normally varies baby to baby. It would really help if you could tell us your child's weight history from birth, explain how many times a 24 hour day your child nurses, how much supplemental milk baby is given every day (how much each time how many times a day?) and how many times you pump each day, and what kind of pump you are using. also please tell us if nursing hurts, if pumping hurts, how much you are typically able to express when pumping? also how many times a day does your baby poop and describe the stools
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 AM
    can you explain what you mean by 'spotty'? this age, very frequent stooling is entirely normal. as is yellow stool. and gas but I would suggest making sure baby is bottle fed this way, as it allows baby to control the feeding more and helps prevent overfeeding, something that often happens with bottles http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/22_bfabreastfedbaby.pdf foremilk/hindmilk is how some people (erroneously, imo) explain the normal, subtle and very gradual changes in the fat and lactose content in breastmilk that occurs over the course of a nursing or pumping session. IN other words, there is not two kinds of milk, there is one. In some cases where a mom has overproduction, yes, a baby gets lots of the higher lactose foremilk and in SOME of those cases, this leads to a bit more discomfort with digestion. But this is not a health issue. And the entire idea of foremilk vs. hindmilk is almost always a non issue whether a baby is breast or bottle fed. However, if you are find that you are very full or engorged before you pump, and do not find your breasts well softened after pumping, there MAY be some issues there. But the most serious issue would not be about foremilk or hindmilk, but whether your pump and or pumping routine is effective or not. It is important both are very effective so that milk removal happens well enough to keep your milk production in good shape and also to prevent the many issues that occur if the breasts...
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  • @llli*carla1331's Avatar
    Today, 08:09 AM
    Hey, I make sure to feed him around 6am.. i drop him off for 6:30 and i pick him up around 3:45pm.. I feel like they are just feeding him at exactly every 2 hours or at any little fuss he makes.. I did explain to them that they will know when he is hungry and not to just feed at every 2 hours... Its hard not being there!!
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  • @llli*lalalola777's Avatar
    Today, 08:09 AM
    I;m using a Medela PIS. I've tried two different size flanges with no impact on effectiveness. I pump both sides a once. I usually pump about 10 minutes because that's as long as I can manage before I start to be too frustrated!! I haven't pumped more than maybe 3-4 times in 24 hours mostly because of how ineffective it seems. I am supplementing and always using the SNS as you said. The suggested supplement amount was increased because they wanted her to get back to birth weight more quickly. She hasn't been weighed in almost a week but last week she gained 2 oz in 3 days and that was with the formula supplementing at closer to 5 oz per day. My LC did not discuss IGT but she did ask if I had any breast changes during pregnancy. I would say they were pretty minimal. I had some soreness at times and itchiness and some increase in size but nothing dramatic. I had my first baby 6 years ago so I don't remember things super well but I don't recall having much breast change at all with her, possibly even less than this time. I don't have any hormonal issues that I'm aware of. The LC also asked how long it took me to get pregnant. With both pregnancies it took about 3 months - so no fertility issues.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 08:08 AM
    make sure the inlaws understand and use paced bottle feeding. If they are just pouring the bottles into him without any pauses, then it will seem like he could take a large amount and still seem hungry. That is NOT supportive of breastfeeding. Most moms find sending small bottles plus 1 oz top ups if needed works better
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  • @llli*sonogirl's Avatar
    Today, 08:00 AM
    How long are your work separations, mama? The general rule of thumb is that baby will need 1 to 1.5 oz of milk per hour of separation, so if you are separated for 8 hours, 10 oz of milk seems pretty reasonable. Are your in laws doing paced bottle feeds and following baby's feeding cues? Something to keep in mind is that baby will never realistically need his bottles "upped" from this point onward. Unlike formula fed infants, who will generally need larger and larger amounts in their bottles, after 6 weeks of age or so, baby's total daily intake of breastmilk will stay the same.
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  • @llli*mom.to.little.pie's Avatar
    Today, 07:55 AM
    My little boy is 6 weeks old. From the start we've had all sorts of troubles with feeding. I'm going to write down everything as I'm not even sure what the real problem is any more or where to go from here... At the very start, he slept 7 hours straight after the birth, couldn't wake him at all and wasn't interested in feeding.. so we had a late start. Then my nipples got sore and were bleeding, so painful but kept feeding him on demand (every hour or so the first few days with a few longer breaks). My milk came in, had tons of it, fed well but baby was only going poop every 3 or 4 days (a big poop nonetheless!) and it was green! I read it could be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and tried to block feed. Big mistake - yes, his poop when yellow, although still only went every 3-4 days, but my supply dropped and I didn't realise until one day I thought I felt a bit empty. Friends assured me this is normal once the supply regulates. I was nervous and called in an IBCLC who told me not to block feed, and to pump after every feed and finger feed it back. The baby also had a weak suck and needed practice, plus the latch was a little shallow. His weight gain was good though (a mystery, as he for sure wasn't getting what he needed from me). Here's one problem with the latch. I have very small (almost flat) breasts with small areolas. A comfortable latch for me and the baby takes in all the areola but baby's mouth is still quite small. The latch the LC showed me was far deeper,...
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  • @llli*hattie's Avatar
    Today, 07:55 AM
    Hi Everyone, I have a three week old and I'm trying to wrap my head around breastfeeding. The thing is she's a tiny baby and the hospital made me give her a formula supplement together with the breast milk to increase her weight. Once we were allowed to go home the pediatrician told me to let baby nurse at the breast more as it's more beneficial and to reduce the supplement. At first baby was fussy at the breast and then she started nursing for 5 minutes at a stretch before I gave her expressed breast milk from a bottle so that I could moniter the amount she drank. Now she nurses for longer, I think 8 minutes before falling asleep at the breast. I still top her up with expressed breast milk but I'm worried about the amount she drinks at the breast. The funny thing is she doesn't nurse much in the morning. Today she slept for nearly four hours before her next feed and I was worried sick thinking that she's not getting enough to drink. She feeds more in the evening but she does have wet diapers regularly. Oh and she tends to stay up more in the evening and early morning. Am I doing something wrong? I thought babies don't sleep much as they grow and nurse more? Please help.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 AM
    Hang in there momma! Sounds like things are already rebounding. Good to hear you have already found another Ped. Since you were feeding on demand the first few weeks it should be easier to bring your supply back up than if you had been sabotaged from the beginning. As to nipple pain, that is a sign that something is wrong since if all is well, nursing shouldn't hurt. Now a moment of pain when a newborn baby first latches on is fairly common but if that pain continues through the feeding it means there is something amiss. The curled in upper lip tends to cause a shallow latch which not only hurts, but also makes it harder for baby to get as much milk out of the breast which means longer or more frequent feedings and more trouble for mom to keep her milk supply up. Problem is some people take frequent or long nursing sessions to be a cause if a problem when in fact they are a symptom.
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  • @llli*sassypants's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 AM
    My son never took 2 breast per feeding and so far my daughter is doing the same thing. When I tried for force DS to take both sides per feeding session (because that is what I thought I was supposed to do) he, also, would spit up a bunch of milk.
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  • @llli*carla1331's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 AM
    Hi everyone.. my son is 2 months old, im now back at work for about 3 weeks and pumping. I have been leaving 4 2.5oz bottles with his caregiver (in-laws). and they feel this isnt enough milk. when nursing my son eats just about every 2 hours/about 10 time a day. Im not sure if i should up his bottles to 3oz (would he still eat every 2 hours?) When my sister watches him she seems to do fine with feeding him 3 bottles of 2.5oz. Part of me feels they just want to feed him at every noise he makes... but im not sure when the right time would be to up his bottles, and would this affect him nursing every 2 hours? thanks everyone!! carla
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  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 AM
    I never knew there was such a thing as an upper lip tie. I will check her mouth tomorrow. She's sleeping now. Will also have the lactation specialist take a look. I did have extreme nipple pains during the 1st few weeks but I think they were the normal pains you go through when you 1st start out with breastfeeding. My nipples have toughened so much now to the point that I wouldn't feel any pain when she would pull or clamp them. lol
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 07:24 AM
    My personal problem has been with low supply and underactive letdown. In my search for help I eventually tried acupuncture. It has only been 48 hours since the second treatment so I'm not drawing final conclusions about the effect on my overall supply. However, I do think it helped a lot with let down and flow, before treatments my Right breast tended to feel congested and was usually painful to nurse even though it has the most supply. Now it seems to flow much better and sometimes is even still normal shaped right after nursing (used to always get compressed before.) Anyway, I have the feeling that acupuncture may be of even more use to women with recurring plug problems or mastitis (in conjunction with antibiotics) and possibly OALD though I'm less sure about that last bit.
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  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 AM
    Exactly. I'm not really into bottles. We only had to use them a couple of days when DD was with the grandparents. And also yesterday. Not sure if this caused the nipple confusion. But the lactation specialist said it could have come from the paci.
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  • @llli*lila.stern's Avatar
    Today, 07:19 AM
    Before when I fed by the clock she would only poop twice a day, diaper wasn't that full. Now that I have fed her based on her early hunger cues, she had 3 poops today (one was explosive!) The thing is, the same pedi advised I pump between nursing and "top-up" my baby with bottle feeding. :( I found a LATCH consultant as well as a pediatrician who's a lactation specialist. I will meet with her tomorrow. But based on my descriptions she suspects it could be nipple confusion and low milk supply due to the paci. Both were furious that my baby's pedi even suggested i timed her feeds and use a paci. They told me to throw me the pacis away and stop with the bottle feeding. I nursed my baby practically the whole day today. I even nursed lying down as she was taking her naps. I was pumping like crazy after her last feed tonight, all the while I was crying because I couldn't get over the fact that I could have missed a lot of her hunger cues because of the paci in the last 3 weeks. Looking back I can connect everything. She would always get sleepy or fall asleep on the breast. When I put her in her crib, she would wake up after a few minutes and start to cry while sucking her fist.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:22 AM
    I would venture to say that if some one is having difficulty with plugs that acupuncture might be a real help and definitely if some one is having problems with recurring mastitis that it may be very helpful to combine the antibiotic treatment with some acupuncture treatments to help reduce the blockages and keep it from coming back.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:20 AM
    Well we are a day after my 2nd acupuncture treatment and I feel I should probably give another day before I make a final conclusion. However, preliminary conclusion is it did help improve my milk flow/let down, DS does seem able to get his fill quite a bit quicker when I'm full early in the day. My overall supply doesn't seem to have increased nearly so dramatically.
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 06:09 AM
    So now figuring my storage capacity is probably around 2 oz on the Left and 3 oz on the Right. This because we went for a longer than normal stretch last night I was engorged by the morning feed and I did a weigh feed weigh feed weigh this morning he got a total of 4.9 oz, Probably 2 or a bit more from the Left and then the rest from the right. He insisted on pausing in the middle he took the Left and then started on the Right but popped off distracted for a while so I weighed him and went and made some breakfast before trying again on the Right and when he was done I weighed him again. I didn't manage to go pump till about 25 minutes later, I only pumped for 15 minutes and got 1 1/2 oz. So currently it seems to take me between 30-40 minutes to recharge enough that he doesn't fuss immediately when I nurse him after pumping. (If I have just finished pumping and he wants to eat I will normally use the SNS so I can get him latched and going.) I know that the breasts are never truly empty and not to worry about pumping taking away from what baby gets but when baby is too impatient it is really hard. Another thing I've noticed, it seems when I sleep through the alarm and let DS wake me to feed him, he really wakes up more and doesn't want to go back to sleep after eating. If I can manage to wake up and get up to feed him at only 3 or 4 hours then it often (not always) works out as dream feed and it is easy to go back to bed with him. Last night he went about 6...
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  • @llli*tclynx's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 AM
    How is his weight gain? Is nursing comfortable? If those are both good then, Have you tried wearing him in a carrier, wrap, sling or K'tan, then you can be up and around while he sleeps next to you. Of course remember that nursing is not Just about eating but also for comfort and thurst and bonding and easing pain/anxiety. Could he be teething? Or be sick? those two things will mess with nursing behavior.
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  • @llli*egibson0308's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    Hi ladies I have a three week old daughter that I feed with breast milk but I have to pump and feed her with a bottle. Her stools have been yellow and she has been very gassy. Seems like every time she stretches or grunts she has spotty stool. Is there something I am eating that I shouldn't? Also could someone explain fore milk and hind milk? Could she be getting more fore milk than hind milk? I pump every three hours and if I'm out I stretch it to four hours. Thanks in advance!
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  • @llli*danalea's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    My son and I were doing well nursing until a couple days ago. He now puts his hands in his mouth and cries uncontrollably until I give him a breast more times than not. Sometimes he will nurse just like before. Most of the time he nurses for 2-5 minutes then "falls asleep". Any sound or movement will set him off again. I end up sitting for 20-30 minutes but he is only sucking for 6-7 minutes of that time. Gentle encouragement like a part in the but don't seem to provoke any response. His good feeding sessions are 12-15 minutes long. Is he hungry and trying to get more milk? Am I doing something wrong? Or has he just decided he needs to be close to mommy all the time? I'm an active person and sitting for long periods to feed him is one thing. Just sitting there because he won't let me do anything else is driving me crazy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  • @llli*lllmeg's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Here you go: block nursing http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/tag/block-feeding and http://cwgenna.com/blockfeeding.html here are tips on dealing with plugs http://www.llli.org/docs/0000000000000001WAB/WAB_Tear_sheet_Toolkit/17_dealingwithplugsblebs.pdf and http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/ and here is a thread of a mom going thru something similar http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?120908-Help-couldn-t-get-rid-of-the-plugged-duct-or-lump As mommal points out, Plugs happen, not because of overproduction, but because milk is not being removed from the breasts adequately enough and/or frequently enough (and also, some moms are simply more prone to them than others.) When dealing with both overproduction and plugs, it is a bit of a dance figuring out how best to approach it. The way I usually look at is that the more immediate issue is the plugs, so doing what needs to be done for those , even if it increases production temporarily, is ok. But this may not be the case in every situation.
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